Friday, April 13, 2012

Website for teens: YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten

My distance-ed class through Cuesta College, LIBT 118, engaged in a semester-long discussion of websites that library workers could recommend for teens:

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a division of the American Library Association. From its website, its mission is “expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18.”

I like to keep track of happenings with YALSA and with other divisions in the ALA. I visited the site this week because of YALSA's promotion of the 2012 Teens’ Top Ten nominees.

My viewing this week included an announcement that applications are being accepted to participate in the Teens’ Top Ten. Teen book groups are led by an advisor and a list of FAQs explains expectations and benefits for the groups. There is a June 12 deadline to submit an application and four sample teen reviews.

This site could be a valuable outgrowth of a teens’ advisory group at a local library. If the teens and their adviser were willing to commit to the responsibility of a Teens’ Top Ten book group, they may greatly enjoy reading and reviewing books.

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