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Teen Services @ Your Library

Compiled by Lori H. Fritz, Lubbock Public Library, 12/1/07


YALSA Discussion Lists


ALA's Young Adult Library Services Association offers several discussion lists to choose from. 



Another list geared toward those working with teen advisory boards, but which also offers a wealth of information on programming for YA's.



This is a very specialized list that concentrates on discussion of graphic novels for libraries, specifically for YA's.

PUBYAC (PUBlic libraries, Young Adults and Children)


PUBYAC is an Internet discussion list concerned with the practical aspects of Children’s and Young Adult Services in Public Libraries, focusing on programming ideas, outreach and literacy programs for children and caregivers, censorship and policy issues, collection development, administrative considerations, puppetry, job openings, professional development and other pertinent services and issues.

Web Sites


Bay Area Young Adult Librarians


Professional organizations, advocacy, listservs, collection development, library services to teens, censorship and filtering, resources, and recommended search toolsCreated for San Francisco Bay Area young adult librarians.

Connecting YA


Articles, books, links, and presentations by legendary YA librarian Patrick Jones.

Library Success Wiki


Programming, reader’s advisory, technology and professional resources.



Blog, message boards, links and more for those serving young adults.

Young Adult Library Services Association


Everything you could possibly need to provide quality services to YA's.  The site includes lists of award winning titles, professional resources, news on conferences and events, and information on national campaigns like Teen Read Week.

Young Adult Librarian's Help/Homepage


The Young Adult Librarian's Help/Homepage is designed to gather resources on and off the Web to help librarians serving teens. The page is hosted by the Suffolk Cooperative Library System.  It hasn’t been updated in a while but still has lots of good information.

Young Adult Round Table of the Texas Library Association http://www.txla.org/groups/yart/yart.html

How to get involved in the round table, as well as links to the Texas Lone Star Reading List and the Tayshas High School Reading List.

Collection Development

No Flying, No Tights


Dedicated to graphic novels for teens, this site features a blog and lots of lists.

Reading Rants


This site recently morphed into a blog.  A wonderful site for YA book recommendations.  Another to add to your feed reader!

Tayshas Award Lists


A project of the Texas Library Association Young Adult Round Table, The objective of the Tayshas project is to motivate young adults to become life-long readers and to participate in the community of readers in Texas.

Teen Series and Sequels


Listed by author or by series title.  A great way to keep up with teen series books.



From the site: “We at Teenreads.com bring teens info and features about their favorite authors, books, series and characters. We are a part of The Book Report Network, a group of websites founded in 1996 that share thoughtful book reviews, compelling features, in-depth author profiles and interviews, excerpts of the hottest new releases, literary games and contests, and more with readers every week.”

YALit Book Release Dates


Publishes new release dates for YA fiction titles as they become available.  Add it to your feed reader!

YALSA Award Lists


Books, DVDs, graphic novels, and audiobooks.



Find kits for mystery night.


TSLAC Texas Teens Read Summer Reading Program 2008

Libraries and Teen Advisory Groups


This site is devoted to all things having to do with Teen Advisory Groups. The collector strives to provide links to actual TAG documents and web sites when possible.

EZ Library Programs for All Ages


Database of hundreds of programs for all ages, including teens.

No Limits: READ! Young Adult Reading Club and Programming Manual


This manual provides strategies for developing young adult collections, outlines a reading club designed specifically for young adults, suggests promotional ideas for the young adult reading club and young adult programming in general, and provides age-appropriate ideas for both formal and passive programming

See YA Around: Successfully Marketing YA Materials


Program ideas, sample forms and handouts, and much more.  Created by YA librarian RoseMary Honnold of the Coshocton Public Library as a handout for a conference presentation.

Teen Summer Reading Programs


An amazing collection of links with everything you need to know to start a teen summer reading program!

Teen Volunteers and Advisory Boards


Includes suggestions for volunteer tasks.  Published by the Texas State Library.



A variety of resources to help you start and maintain a TAG.

YALSA Teen Read Week Site


Everything you need to know to celebrate Teen Read Week!

Teen Development

40 Developmental Assets


Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets® are concrete, common sense, positive experiences and qualities essential to raising successful young people. These assets have the power during critical adolescent years to influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults.

Inside the Teenage Brain


In "Inside the Teenage Brain," FRONTLINE chronicles how scientists are exploring the recesses of the brain and finding some new explanations for why adolescents behave the way they do.

Web 2.0

Geeks Bearing Gifts


An exhaustive list of resources to learn more about the web and library 2.0 trends.

Feed Readers

Bloglines – http://www.bloglines.com/

Google Reader – http://www.google.com/reader

My Yahoo – http://my.yahoo.com/

Newsgator - http://www.newsgator.com/

Allow you to have content delivered directly to your reader via “subscriptions” to your favorite blogs or sites.

Denver Public Library’s Teen MySpace Page


Another example of meeting teens where they are!

Social Networking Sites

MySpace – http://www.myspace.com

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com

Ning – http://www.ning.com

Allows users to create their own “social network.”


Honnold, Rosemary.  101+ Teen Programs That Work.  New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 2002.  See also: Get Connected, More Teen Programs That Work.

Honnold, Rosemary.  The Teen Reader’s Advisor.  New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 2006.

Jones, Patrick, Michele Gorman and Tricia Suellentrop.  Connecting Young Adults and Libraries: A how-to-do-it manual.  3rd ed.  New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers,             Inc., 2004.

Jones, Patrick, Patricia Taylor and Kirsten Edwards.  A Core Collection for Young Adults.  New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 2003.

Kat, Kan.  Sizzling Summer Reading Programs for Young Adults.  2nd ed.  Chicago: American Library Association, 2006.

Vaillancourt, Renee J.  Bare Bones Young Adult Services: tips for public library generalists.              Chicago:  American Library Association, 2000.


School Library Journal


Book reviews, programming, technology, etc.

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)


Reviews of young adult materials, including paperbacks and graphic novels; booklists; and articles on programming.