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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

Summer Reading Program Evaluation -- Twitter Chat! October 6, 3PM EST

Summer may be over but YALSA wants to know about your teen summer reading program. Successes, new risks, and even the ideas that floundered.

Join the 2015 Summer Reading & Learning Taskforce on Twitter on 10/6 at 3PM (EST) for a conversation about evaluating SRP. Use hashtag #SRPEval to join in on the discussion and use tweetchat to follow along.

Added by YALSA on October 1, 2014 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Apply now for the 2015 Summer Reading and Teen Intern Grants!

Through generous funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, two grants are available, the Summer Reading Resources Grant and the Teen Summer Intern Program Grant.  The purpose of the grants are to help libraries combat the summer slide.

Twenty  summer reading resources…


Added by YALSA on September 24, 2014 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Android Version of Teen Book Finder App Now Available!

An android version of YALSA’s Teen Book Finder app is now available!

Android users can download the app for free through the Google Play store. The app allows users to access YALSA’s recommended reading and award winning titles from the past years with just a touch of a button from their mobile device. An iOS version is currently also…


Added by YALSA on August 8, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

ALA and Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation funds a plethora of projects through ALA, one of which is YALSA's Summer Reading & Learning mini-grants.View the video to learn about the impact Dollar General's funding has created. 

Added by YALSA on July 15, 2014 at 12:40pm — No Comments

How Library Programs Benefit Teens Fact Sheet

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has developed an informational fact sheet about how library programs benefit teens. Please feel free to download and share this two page fact sheet with your supervisor, co-workers, community partners and more.

Added by YALSA on July 2, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Participate in the Global Cardboard Challenge

The Imagination Foundation invites librarians and libraries across the U.S. to join the 2014 Global Cardboard Challenge, an annual initiative inspired by the short film 'Caine's Arcade' that celebrates the power of Creative Play and childhood imagination, and the simple things that adults can do to foster it. Participation in the Challenge will introduce thousands of educators, parents and learners to…


Added by YALSA on June 30, 2014 at 10:28am — No Comments

Maker Contest 2014

Are the teens and tweens in your library MAKING brilliant stuff this summer? Apply for our 2014 Maker Contest!

Tell us about your successful programs and how you facilitated making at your library for a chance to earn bragging rights and win fab prizes, such as MaKey MaKey invention kits! Sharing your successful programs will also allow us to compile and share out best practices with the library community.

To learn more about making in libraries and get some great ideas, check…


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

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