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The 2013 Cybils Awards

February 19, 2014

The Cybils (Children’s & Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards) were announced last week!  Here are the YA winners:

yaquidelgadoYA FictionYaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
by Meg Medina
(Candlewick Press)

“In Meg Medina’s compelling new novel, a Latina teen is targeted by a bully at her new school — and must discover resources she never knew she had.”


summerprinceYA Speculative Fiction
The Summer Princeby Alaya Dawn Johson
(Arthur A. Levine)

“A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the lush tropics of a futuristic Brazil.”


templarYA Graphic Novel
Jordan Mechner
(First Second Books)

“When the king of France and the pope conspire against the Knights Templar, it’s up to one renegade knight to avenge his slain brothers in this sprawling historical adventure.”


imprisonedYA Non-Fiction
Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II
Martin W. Sandler
(Walker Books for Young Readers)

“An in-depth account of the lives of Japanese-American’s, before and during their imprisonment, and after their release.”


For the full list and details of the Cybils Awards (including elementary & middle grade awards), visit:

OLA Best Bets for Young Adults 2013

February 11, 2014

The Ontario Library Association’s Best Bets for Young Adults is compiled from the selections of the OLA’s Canadian Materials Committee (Children’s Services Guild).  The titles are selected on the basis of their literary/artistic merit as well as their appeal for young adults.  Here are the 2013 YA selections:

1 - silent summer2 - graffiti night3 - sorrow's knot4 - little red lies

5 - new normal6 - nix minus one7 - not a chance8 - counting back

9 - rush10 - unlikely hero

  • The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley written by Jan Andrews
  • Graffiti Night written by Karen Bass
  • Sorrow’s Knot written by Erin Bow
  • Little Red Lies written by Julie Johnston
  • The New Normal written by Ashley Little
  • Nix Minus One written by Jill MacLean
  • Not a Chance written by Michelle Mulder
  • Counting Back from Nine written by Valerie Sherrard
  • Rush (The Game bk. 1) written by Eve Silver
  • The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B written by Teresa Toten

Chapman, Elsie. Dualed.
Laidlaw, S.J. An Infidel in Paradise.
McNicoll, Sylvia. Dying to Go Viral.
Ryan, Tom. Tag Along.

To view the list with full book descriptions and/or to see the list of Children’s titles, visit the OLA’s Best Bets page:

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

March 12, 2012

CLASY members please check your e-mail and learn about the nomination process for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. If you are a library staff member in Canada who works with teens and follows the group but aren’t a member please contact me about joining.


The CLA Young Adult Book Award Short-List Is Posted

March 1, 2012

Here’s the official shortlist

the gathering All good children fantatics The Woefield Poultry Collective
once every never my beating teenage heart the town that drowned this dark endeavour
karma held

YAACS Award & an update

February 27, 2012

First I’d like to spread the word that there is a new award that celebrates library staff who work with teens. I think this is wonderful! yaacs award info

I’d like to apologize that this group hasn’t been very active this year. It seems that since it became an official network it has lost it’s steam. I signed up to be moderator when I was a part-time librarian, also thinking that I would just be a go between, with lots of people adding content. It turned out I got a full-time position, moved, and spent a good deal of my “free time” reading a LOT of teen novels for the CLA Young Adult Book Award committee. It’s all been wonderful but I haven’t had a chance to work on CLASY without sacrificing things like sleep and the little time I get with my family. Now that I’m more settled in my new job and the book award are winding down, here is my plan of action:

1. Advocate that the Teen Rights In The Library document adopted by OLA be adopted by other provinces, starting with BC and working my way East. If anyone wants to take on another province that would be great.

2. Have a program of the month feature and feature a program that you are doing in your library.  I say you because I will need submissions for this to work. Send me your programs!

3. Have a weekly round up of job postings related to teens and libraries

4. Monthly review of a professional development book or resource. I will start but need submissions too.

5. Recruit. I will contact people about contributing. This is a network, it’s about sharing ideas in dialogue, it can’t work if it’s just me and maybe a handful of people.

6. Promote the listserve. E-mail questions to and they will go out to the group.

Do you have ideas about how to get this network going again? Comment or contact me, and let’s see what we can start.



November 13, 2011

High schools hadn’t previously been approached in my system, class visits by my branch usually stopped at gr. 3. Now that I’m starting teen programming and there will be an actual teen space in the new branch I want to reach out to the teens and let them know they are welcome at the library. I’ve scheduled a couple of presentations at the high school and I wanted to book-talk a bit of nonfiction before speaking about the events and our online resources.

Even though my position doesn’t specifically include collection development (that’s at HQ not the branches) they usually take my suggestions for specific titles or areas I identify gaps. Nonfiction for teens has definitely been a gap. We have your typical books about puberty and dating, some study guides, and the odd bit of awesomeness like Ductigami, the Marvel and DC Encyclopedias, graphic novel versions of classic mythology, and Green Careers. But I wanted more.

I started off looking at YALSA’s recommended nonfiction, but found that many of the books were very American and not suited to our collection. I also browsed through the YA nonfiction or highlighted new nonfiction of several large library systems in Canada and found some good books for the collection but not really anything I was excited about booktalking.

I came across Zest Books and while I haven’t read their books yet they have some really cool looking titles. They also have a library resource center where they give suggestions for booktalks.

As I continue to work on improving our nonfiction suggestion I’ll post what titles are well received by the teens. Does anyone have a good collection development resource for YA nonfiction?

Hooray for children’s services!

November 7, 2011

Checking my e-mail this Monday morning I was pleasantly greeted with a message letting us folks in BC know about a new CLA network that also just got started, Canadian Libraries Are Serving Children (CLASC). So exciting! For those of you who are interested in finding out more, here’s the blurb:

As you may know, the Canadian Library Association is generating virtual networks to act as avenues for engagement in professional development and in furthering their mandate. At the suggestion of Judith Saltman, professor at the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia, my colleague Kay Weisman and I have decided to fill in the gap for children’s services, and created CLASC—Canadian Librarians Are Serving Children. Alongside CLASY (Canadian Librarians Are Serving Youth), we wish to provide virtual support for Canadian children’s librarians. Free to join for both CLA and non-CLA members, we are just getting off the ground. Our mission is to:

  • connect all professional and non-professional public and school library staff serving children, as well as those in children’s publishing, or children’s literature studies
  • provide a virtual forum and platform for ideas and resources relating to children and libraries
  • invite members to initiate and contribute to online discussions and provide resources for the CLASC website
  • promote the mandates of CLA, with the goal of having CLASC convene our first meeting at next year’s annual CLA conference in Ottawa

We invite you to participate in CLASC and invite you to subscribe to our listserv. Please do so by emailing Please learn more about us from our website as well. We look forward to connecting with you


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