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2017 Teens' Top Ten Voting!

2017 Teens’ Top Ten voting is finally open! Now through Oct 14th, teens (and only teens, sorry librarians!) are able to vote for their favorite titles amongst the 26 nominees. The voting site is hosted again this year by DOGObooks. Encourage your teens to read and …


Added by YALSA on August 16, 2017 at 10:32am — No Comments

2017 Teens' Top Ten Nominees

The 2017 Teens' Top Ten Nominations were announced today! Check out this video of the announcements featuring the stars of the upcoming film, Everything, Everything!

Encourage teens to read the titles over the summer and vote for their favorites in August!

Added by YALSA on April 13, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

2016 Teens' Top Ten Titles Announced!

A list featuring the winning titles can be found on the Teens’ Top Ten page.

Now through December 31, 2016, teens aged 12-18 can nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2017 Teens’ Top Ten nominee via the …


Added by YALSA on October 17, 2016 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Apply Now for the 2017 Summer Learning Grants!

The applications for the 2017 Summer Learning Resources and Teen Summer Intern grants are open. Twenty of each grant, worth $1,000 each are available and generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Apply by Jan. 1, 2017. Eligibility requirements apply. Apply here.

Added by YALSA on September 29, 2016 at 12:27pm — No Comments

Vote Now for the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten!

Voting for the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten is now open! Encourage teens to vote for up to three of their favorite titles now through Oct. 15. The “top ten” titles will be announced the week after Teen Read Week™, which takes place Oct. 9-15. Libraries are also encouraged to share the …


Added by YALSA on August 15, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

New Summer Learning Resources from the Urban Libraries Council

Check out these new, free and great resources on summer learning from the Urban Libraries Council!  Even though they were developed by the ULC, they are also useful for suburban, rural and tribal libraries.  Check them out:


Added by YALSA on July 8, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

National Summer Learning Day!

We are sure most of you are already aware, National Summer Learning Day is right around the corner. on July 14th, 2016.

You can learn more about it at

Share any plans you have to celebrate National Summer Learning Day with us!

Please feel free to find and share your ideas on our site’s forum.…


Added by YALSA on June 27, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Teen Interns @ the Silver Lake (KS) Library

We are having a busy summer just as every other library with a Summer Library Program.  Our teen interns spent a morning in orientation with the Tracey DeShazo, Youth Service Librarian, Tara Schooler, the 2016 Farmers Market Coordinator and Cathy Newland, the Library Director.

They have since been helping Tracey with programs for families, teens and elementary school age children.  In addition, they are helping Tara with the Tuesday evening Farmers Market.…


Added by Cathy Newland on June 24, 2016 at 10:08am — No Comments

2016 Teens' Top Ten Summer Learning

YALSA has released a short video of our nominee’s for the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten.

Incorporating the top titles into your Summer Learning programs can help bring teens into your library.

Also, we have created a YouTube page of TTT nominee book trailers. Share these book trailers with your teen readers to get them interested in finding the perfect books…


Added by YALSA on June 10, 2016 at 10:19am — No Comments

Be a Part of National Summer Learning Day!

The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) will celebrate…


Added by YALSA on May 26, 2016 at 9:48am — No Comments

2016 Top Ten Summer Learning Programs

YALSA has announced its list of 2016 Top Ten Summer Learning Programs from its Teen Programming HQ contest.

The top ten are:

  • B-Town Teens submitted by Jeanette Lehr; Monroe County Public Library; Bloomington, IN
  • Create It! Camp submitted by Beth Dunston; Paris-Bourbon County Library; Paris,…

Added by YALSA on May 25, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Get Ready for the National Week of Making, June 17 - 23!

Find resources to help you plan a great event at

Also, consider doing any of the following activities:

  • Post a photo about the #NationOfMakers – lots of folks are already active online and there are even some community-created images created by Adam Bellow that can be found below.
  • Organize an event and/or host an open house at your…

Added by YALSA on May 4, 2016 at 4:55pm — No Comments

New Summer Learning Resource from YALSA

This week YALSA published "Adopting a Summer Learning Approach for Increased Impact: a YALSA Position Paper."  This free resource provides a vision for summer learning programs in the 21st century, and can be shared with library co-workers, supervisors, trustees, partners, funders and more.  The paper also includes a list of recommended resources that libraries can…


Added by YALSA on April 29, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

2016 Teens' Top Ten Nominees Announced!

The 2016 Teens' Top Ten nominees have officially been announced!

This year’s list of nominees features 26 titles that were published between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2015. 

A full list of the nominees with annotations can be found at…


Added by YALSA on April 14, 2016 at 10:04am — No Comments

Registration for YALSA’s 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium now open!

Registration for the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium, which takes place November 4-6 in Pittsburgh, PA, is now open. Individuals can register for the symposium with early bird rates now through September 15, 2016.

Learn more at…


Added by YALSA on April 5, 2016 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Top Ten Summer Learning Programs Contest!

The Teen Programming HQ is looking for YOUR summer learning programs.  We want your ideas that expand the concept of summer reading into a bigger focus on summer learning.  Are you doing programs on STEM/STEAM, digital literacy, college & career readiness, service learning, or something else beyond reading?  What programs are you offering that are aimed at underserved populations?

To enter, submit an…


Added by YALSA on March 31, 2016 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Free Resources to Help You Serve English Language Learners

Youth who suffer the most from summer slide are often the 22% of students who speak a language other than English at home.  Check out these free ready to use lessons and resources from TESOL that you can adapt for your summer learning program to help ensure that teens who are English Language Learners (ELLs) don't lose critical skills over the summer.

Added by YALSA on March 14, 2016 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Summer Learning Funding Guide

The National Summer Learning Association just released this free funding guide.  Download it and explore what funding opportunities may be available to bolster your library programs and services!

Added by YALSA on March 10, 2016 at 11:29am — No Comments

Service-Learning Resources

Looking for new ways to engage and empower youth over the summer?  Why not consider building service-learning projects into your summer learning program?  Find and share free resources to help you achieve this on YALSA's wiki.

Added by YALSA on March 4, 2016 at 10:52am — No Comments

Summer Learning Cost Calculator

Use this new, free tool from the Wallace Foundation to determine how much your summer learning program costs to fund

Added by YALSA on February 16, 2016 at 10:27am — No Comments

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