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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

Awesome New Readers’ Advisory Tool for your Teen Patrons!

It’s the fastest, easiest way to promote reading!   Reads 4 Teens is a collection of the best in the latest teen literature and includes 37 ready-to-use pamphlets and 8 bookmarks, each featuring a different theme or genre, including STEM.  It’s now available for purchase as a digital download through the ALA Store for $26.10 for members &…


Added by YALSA on May 20, 2014 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Celebrate Batman Day, July 26 with a free kit!

DC Comics is inviting libraries across the U.S. & Canada to join in and Celebrate Batman's 75th Anniversary on July 26.

To help celebrate, interested libraries can request a free special events kit which includes: 75th-anniversary timeline posters, buttons, bookmarks, paper Batman masks, and temporary tattoos! Each kit contains the items in batches of 50. To order your kit, sign up via this…


Added by YALSA on May 8, 2014 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

Learn how to Manage your Programming Budget

The Wallace Foundation and the National Afterschool Association are offering a free webinar on managing your programming budget on May 6th.  The webinar is called How to Succeed in Managing Your Budget.

For more details, or to register, visit:

Added by YALSA on April 24, 2014 at 9:21am — No Comments

Join Us in Our 100 Days till Summer Countdown!

YALSA will be counting down to the first day of summer through a slew of online discussion forum activities.

The drive behind the implementation of these activities and the summer countdown is to help libraries gear up for their summer reading and learning programs. The discussion forums will be hosted online through YALSA’s official Summer Reading & Learning website with the first one starting on the 100th day till summer – March 14. A…


Added by YALSA on March 4, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Great Opportunity to Incorporate Tech into your Summer Reading Program

Best Buy's Geek Squad is offering a great opportunity for students to learn and engage in technology related programs.

Their program is called the Geek Squad Academy and they are accepting applications now through February 28.

Here's a little more info about it from their website:

We are excited to announce the upcoming 2014 season for Geek Squad Academy! Our agents and employees are anxious to get out in the field to work with you and your students. We have planned some…


Added by YALSA on February 12, 2014 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Start Planning Your Summer Reading Program NOW!

The Wallace Foundation has a great resource that encourages libraries and other organizations to start planning summer reading program early.

The resource is a report called "Getting to Work on Summer Learning: Recommended Practices for Success"  by the RAND Corporation. According to The Wallace Foundation, the report culls lessons from a Wallace Foundation-funded project in six school districts to test…


Added by YALSA on January 29, 2014 at 9:48am — No Comments

Teens & Volunteering

Here's a informational report created by regarding teens and volunteering.

Volunteering is a great activity for teens to be involved in, especially in the summer. Learn more about how to encourage your teens to volunteer via this report (which actually surveyed teen respondents ages 13-15).



Added by YALSA on November 6, 2013 at 9:39am — 3 Comments

Engaging Older Youth In Summer Learning

If you are struggling to engage older youth in summer learning, here is a great guide by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA).

The National Summer Learning Association embarked on a two year project looking to "improve the quality of summer learning programs for this age group (older youth)".

Here is a summary by the NSLA about the guide:

“Best Practices in Summer Learning for Middle and High School Youth” is an online guide in text and video to effective ways…


Added by YALSA on October 7, 2013 at 3:13pm — No Comments

2014 Summer Reading Program Grants

The application process for the 2014 Summer Reading Resource Grant and Summer Reading Teen Intern Grant is now open!

Courtesy of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, YALSA will be giving out two types of grants. The Summer Reading Teen Intern Grant will award $1,000 to each of 20 libraries for the purpose of hiring summer teen interns to assist with summer reading activities. The Summer Reading Resources Grant will award $1,000 to each of 20 libraries in need with the purpose of…


Added by YALSA on September 16, 2013 at 2:54pm — No Comments

"Why Summer Matters"

Here is a great new state wide initiative in California aimed at emphasizing why summer learning matters.  Here's a little more info about it:

"Summer Matters is the first-ever statewide campaign focused on creating and expanding access to high quality summer learning opportunities for all California students."

The site also has statistic info about "why summer matters" that includes research, infographics, videos, and more.

Check out…


Added by YALSA on September 16, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Why Are Summer Reading Programs Important? Check out this Video!

Check out this video featuring some of our 2013 Summer Reading Program Grantees! They share their thoughts about why SRPs are important and what they were able to do with the grant!

Summer Reading Program Video

Added by YALSA on September 5, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Voting for the 2013 Teens' Top Ten Now Open!

Teens can now vote for their favorite titles for the 2013 Teens' Top Ten!

Vote now through October 19.

The top ten titles with the most votes will be named the official titles of the 2013 Teens' Top Ten.

Winners will be announced the week of October 21st.

Happy voting!

Added by YALSA on August 15, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Learn how to Launch or Improve Your Summer Reading Program

Check out this report on how to launch or improve your summer reading program for next year!

The report features recommendations on how to plan a successful summer reading program as a result of studying and evaluating summer reading programs in several districts.To read the report, please click on the link below.…


Added by YALSA on August 14, 2013 at 10:50am — No Comments

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