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From ’round the web…YALSA wants Teen Bloggers!

YALSA HUBCHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its Teen Read Week Teen Blogging contest in conjunction with YALSA’s blog, The Hub.

Teens aged 12 -18 can sign up now through August 1, 2014 to participate in the contest for a chance to guest blog for YALSA’s ya lit blog, The Hub.  Selected teens will blog about a wide range of topics related to YA literature while also further developing their writing and blogging skills.

Blog posts written by the teen bloggers to be featured during the week of October 12 -18 in celebration of Teen Read Week.  Selected participants will be notified in August.  More details and guidelines about the contest are on the Teen Read Week website under the Teen Corner tab.  Teen Read Week is slated for Oct. 12 -18 this year with the theme Turn Your Dreams into Reality @ your library.

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by YALSA.  It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October.  Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.  Join the online discussion with the hashtag #TRW14.

The Hub launched in 2011 in order to provide a one-stop-shop for finding information about teen reads, including recommendations for great teen reads, information about YALSA lists and awards.  Librarians, library workers, YA literature enthusiasts and teens create the content.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.  For more information about YALSA visit the website, call, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail.

If you’re gonna write for them, might as well write for Push to Talk, too, right?!?  Give us your best manga (book/tv/movie/play) review, send it to us, we’d love to give you your own blog post right here!

ALA visits Seattle!

Youth MediaPush to Talk would like to give a shout out to the nearly 10,000 library professionals coming to Seattle this weekend for the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference held at the Washington State Trade & Convention Center.

Librarians from all over the country and world are coming to discuss how to improve library services and engage better with their communities. Authors and publishers will talk about their upcoming titles.  As a Teen Librarian though, one of the things I’m most looking forward to is the Youth Media Awards which will be announced on Monday morning.  You’ve probably been assigned to read a book that won the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, or Coretta Scott King Book Awards at some point in your education. Well, if you’re curious about who will get the honors for 2013, you can watch the webcast starting at 8 a.m. Monday morning.
Be warned Seattle Teens.  Librarians from all over the country and world might sit next to you on a bus asking questions about what you’re reading or what to do in Seattle.  Let’s give them a warm welcome and show them why Seattle is always voted as one of the most literate cities in the country!  🙂