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Practical Programming: The Best of YA-YAAC
Monique Delatte Starkey for YALSA
Item Number: 978-0-8389-8670-7
Publisher: YALSA
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160 pages
7” x 10”
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8670-7
Year Published: 2013
Young adult enthusiasts around the world coalesce at YALSA’s discussion list, YA-YAAC to chat about cool craft ideas, share teen programming successes, and solicit suggestions for challenges like uptight managers, teen-phobic environments, and programming brain freeze!

Practical Programming: The Best of YA-YAAC will provide librarians and library workers with a wealth of tried and true programming ideas for teens. Monique Delatte Starkey culled the best ideas and compiled them into this easy to read resource.
Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Passive Programs
Chapter 2: No Sweat! Active Programs
Chapter 3: Based on the Book: Literary Programs
Chapter 4: Educational and Technological Programs
Chapter 5: Mindless Youth Indulgence: Pop Culture Programs
Chapter 6: Eat Me, Drink Me: Culinary Programs
Chapter 7: Over Twenty Quickies for Free (or Practically Free)
Chapter 8: Practical YA-YAAC Email Discussion List Advice


Appendix 1: Templates and Samples
Sample Grant Boilerplate
Letter to the Editor Template
Letter to a Partner Template
Sample Release Form
Teen Volunteer Application Form Templates

Appendix 2: YALSA’s Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth

Appendix 3: Guide to Planning and Implementing a YALSA Program Session
About the Author

A Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Monique Delatte Starkey is an associate professor at Fullerton College and an adjunct for Rio Hondo College. She worked in teen services for over five years with the County of Los Angeles Public Library. She has authored and co-authored over $100,000 in grants for libraries. Sponsored by Fullerton College and YALSA as a member of the 2011 cohort of ALA Emerging Leaders, she began taking advantage of the opportunities available with YALSA through publication in Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults. She continued to publish with YALSA via Young Adult Library Services Journal and Cool Teen Programs Under $100. She also teaches four-week online YALSA courses including "Growing, Managing, and Defending the Young Adult Budget."  Vegetarian strawbrarian Delatte Starkey lives in Belmont Heights, SoCal, with her husband David, five frisky foster felines, and their neighbors’ three cats: White Cat, Grey Cat, and Orange Twitchy Cat.

"From activities to recipes for refreshments, this holds many different approaches and programs librarians can use to attract teen interest."
--The Bookwatch

Free Report: The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action

Last year, experts and practitioners from across the U.S. discussed the future of teens and libraries. The result? Some straightforward and achievable recommendations for engaging and empowering teens. 

YALSA’s “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action” report captures findings from the 2013 meeting about how youth-serving groups, community organizations and libraries can team up to help the nation’s teens succeed in school and prepare for careers. 

The report is available for free at


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