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Happy New Year – Some Announcements & A GIVEAWAY

Happy New Year! First, want to thank you for an awesome 2012.  We could not have done it without you, so from the bottom of our hearts – thank you!  For 2013, we have a new look (we hope you like it), some announcements (they are juicy), and a chance for you to win a box of 5 YA books/ARCs (YAY!). Please read on.

It’s a Mystery! Meet 3 New YA Imprints

In January, in addition to all of our regular posting and book reviewing, we will be spotlighting Mysteries and introducing you to three new YA Imprints: SOHO Teen, Month9Books and Merit Press.  The week of January 14-18 will be dedicated to SOHO Teen as TLTer Stephanie Wilkes introduces you to their new mystery books.

And Baby Makes More

If you follow Stephanie on Twitter then you know that she is going to have a baby soon – yay! So she will be taking a little bit of a break for a few months to welcome that new bundle of joy into this world.  We can’t wait! (But we are going to miss her and will welcome her back with open arms.)

Someday We’ll Find It, the Rainbow Connection

Christie G. has been nominated as the chair of the Rainbow Committee for 2014. The Rainbow Project puts together each year’s Rainbow List, a selection of quality LGBTQ titles.  She’ll be sharing her experiences throughout the year.  Look for her at Midwinter and ask her what she has been reading.

Booktalk This!

Kearsten, the YA Librarian from Arizona who inspired the #mustacheyoutoread project, will be joining us as a regular contributor by sharing her monthly booktalk feature.  Here, she will share 5 booktalks around a theme that you can use in your library.  We are so excited to have Kearsten on board because she is passionate, dedicated, and fits right in with us.

Kearsten is the second from the right on the bottom, right between The Mr. and Heather Booth


As we speak, techy people are working to make us a networked blog with VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates).  This is very exciting for me because it has been my number 1 tool since the very beginning, when I had no idea what we were doing.  I squealed with excitement in 2001 when I was chosen to become a VOYA reviewer.  I was on the receiving end of Stephanie’s call last year when she also squealed after becoming a reviewer for VOYA.

Answer Some Questions, Win Some Books

Drumroll please . . .

And finally, Heather Booth and I are writing a book! Technically, we have been writing a book for a year now and now that it seems like we really are going to turn in a rough draft, we thought we would tell you about it.  Our book is called The Whole Teen Library Handbook and we are writing it for ALA Editions.  We have gotten a lot of help from other ya librarians, including our very own Stephanie and Christie.  We can’t say thank you enough to those who are contributing their thoughts and experiences.  But we want to make sure we cover everything that needs to be covered and need your help.  Please answer any or all of the following questions in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a box of 5 books/ARCs.  Be sure to leave an e-mail address or Twitter follow back so we can get in touch with you.  And if you would like, you can e-mail me your answers at kjensenmls@yahoo.com with the subject heading TWTLH and be entered to win.

Survey Questions

1. What do you wish you knew more about to be a better YA Librarian?

2. What part of your job were you not prepared for?

3. What 1 piece of wisdom would you pass on to an MLS student?

4. My biggest triumph so far has been . . .

5. I work with teens because . . .