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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

2016 Teens' Top Ten Nominations

2016 Teens' Top Ten Nominations will be announced during National Library Week, April 10 - 16, and posted online at  YALSA encourages libraries across the country to promote these titles to teens to read throughout the summer.  Beginning Aug. 15th, teens can then vote online for their favorites.  The 10 titles with the most votes will become the Teens' Top Ten.  Start planning how you'll…


Added by YALSA on February 5, 2016 at 2:27pm — No Comments

2015 Teens' Top Ten Official Titles

Download a list of the winners with annotations here:

Added by YALSA on October 29, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Apply for 2016 Summer Learning Grants now through Jan. 1st

Complete information is provided on the grants page of this site.  There are 20 grants available to support summer learning activities and 20 grants available for libraries who want to hire teen interns to help implement their summer learning activities.  Grants are limited to individuals who are members of YALSA.   Not a member yet?  Membership in YALSA/ALA starts at $60.  Learn more on the YALSA…


Added by YALSA on October 19, 2015 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Afterschool Literacy Award Opportunity

Libraries and other organizations that provide afterschool activities for youth can apply now through August 27th for the Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award, administered by the Afterschool Alliance.  Learn more or access the application at:

Added by YALSA on July 23, 2015 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Mozilla Maker Party!

From July 15th to July 31st Mozilla will be hosting an online maker party!

Check out the site and use the event for a summer reading program or use #makerparty on twitter to see what other people are saying about it!

Also, make sure to check out the YALSA Teen Tech Week site and our…


Added by YALSA on July 13, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Check out these great links!

Hey! Check out these great links we've found:

Eat Up! 5 Public Libraries' Successful Summer Meals Programs

Impact of Summer Reading Infographic

Let us know what you think in the comments!

Added by YALSA on July 13, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Up your STEM Game via this Portal

Summer isn't just for reading!  Here's a handy tool to help you incorporate STEM activiites into your summer learning programs.  Visit the Connectory find collaborators, showcase your program and promote your STEM related events: and don't forget YALSA's STEM page on the wiki for even more great resources!

Added by YALSA on May 7, 2015 at 11:32am — No Comments

Week of Making, June 12 - 18

Mark your calendar for the White House Week of Making, June 12-18! Learn more about the event at and don’t forget that YALSA has lots of free making resources on our wiki.  This is a great opportunity to expand your summer programming beyond reading!

Added by YALSA on May 6, 2015 at 11:29am — No Comments

Twitter Chat: May 13, 3PM EST, Summer Reading/Learning Programming

Join us for a twitter chat about summer reading & learning programming on Wednesday, May 13 at 3PM EST! Share with us your programming ideas for your summer reading/learning program with #yalsachat. Use to follow the conversation along easily!

Added by YALSA on May 4, 2015 at 2:57pm — No Comments

2015 Teens' Top Ten Nominees Announced!

The 2015 Teens' Top Ten nominees have been announced! Check them out via the video below!

Download a list of the nominees with annotations here.

Added by YALSA on April 16, 2015 at 3:26pm — No Comments

How to create a comic book


Last Friday, I met a lot of amazing people at libraries all across the country through a conference call, courtesy of YALSA and our good friends at Dollar General. We discussed the plans we have with the grant money we'll receive from DG.

One of the things I'll be doing is publishing a comic book based on the teens in our Comic Book Club. We've already finished three of them in the past. If you'd like to see our past issues, you can see them at…


Added by Bill Stea on March 23, 2015 at 8:29am — No Comments

Expand Your Summer Reading Program into a More Robust Summer Reading & Learning Program

Expand your summer reading programs into more robust summer reading & learning programs with the Geek Squad Academy!

Geek Squad Academy is an educational program brought to communities throughout the U.S. by Best Buy. Our Geek Squad Academy Partners consist of local non-profits and other youth organizations that share a focus on teaching middle and high school students about the latest technology in a fun, interactive environment. Team building activities conducted by local Geek…


Added by YALSA on February 24, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

2014 Teens' Top Ten titles announced!

Teens voted and the results are in! Check out the official titles of the 2014 Teens' Top Ten below!

Learn more about the Teens' Top Ten here.

Added by YALSA on October 20, 2014 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Apply for a Free 3D Printer from 3D Systems!

3D Systems, in collaboration with YALSA, is committed to expanding young people’s access to 21st century tools like 3D design, 3D scanning and 3D printing.  The MakerLab Club is a brand new community of thousands of U.S. libraries and museums committed to advancing 3D digital literacy via dedicated equipment, staff training and increased…


Added by YALSA on October 7, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

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