2019 B.E.S.T. Award Winner

The winner of 2019’s Young Adult B.E.S.T. Award for Nassau County is

Athena Allen of Uniondale Public Library.

91D940F0-BD25-44B7-BE70-FA0A2C7BF95C

The B.E.S.T. Award (Bringing Excellence in Service by Teens) was established to honor significant contributions by a teenager in library service. Every year teens are nominated by NCLA members and a committee votes on a winner. Then at the annual Long Island Library Conference, the winner is presented along with the winner from Suffolk County.

1B06F2A4-F689-4EE5-8ADC-D4018E71CB5C
Athena was presented the award by YASD Vice-President Lisa Zuena on May 9, 2019

This year’s winner is 8th Grader Athena Allen from Uniondale Public Library who was nominated by Uniondale Public Library Head of Teen Services Ms. Syntychia Kendrick- Samuel.

EE0FC4B2-45BF-4CAC-97E5-BED2EAA6FB1C
Athena’s brought her father to share in the moment.

Athena is a member of Junior Friends’ which is Uniondale’s volunteer based program for teens. Currently she serves as President of the organization which is voted on by her peers. As Junior Friends’ President, Athena wanted to bring more music programs and along with Syntychia, came up with the program Music with Athena. While her mother often helps, Athena takes charge in teaching children and teens piano, and various string instruments, as well as vocal coaching. Athena herself is a skilled musician who can play all these instruments. The children who attend her music classes learn a lot and the adult that bring them appreciate all Athena does.

5af7fs
Athena working on piano with a young student during one of her music classes.

Thank you to all to nominated teens for this year’s B.E.S.T. Award and Congratulations to Athena on being this year’s winner.

To read Lisa’s speech click here.

Photos provided by SKS.

Advertisements

YALSA 2019 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

Did you miss YALSA’s announcing their pick for 2019 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers?

The Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list identifies titles aimed at encouraging reading among teens who dislike to read for whatever reason. The list selects both fiction and nonfiction.  Select a link below to view the full annotated Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers lists. (Source)

 

  • Acevedo, ElizabethThe Poet X. HarperTEEN/ HarperCollins. 2018. $17.99. ISBN: 9780062662804. 
  • Anderson, Laurie Halse and Emily Carroll (Illustrator)Speak: The Graphic Novel. Macmillan/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers. Illus. 2018. $19.99. ISBN: 978-0374300289. 
  • Greenwald, Tommy. Game Changer. ABRAMS/ Amulet Books. 2018. $16.99. ISBN: 978-1419731433. 
  • Krosoczka, Jarrett. Hey Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction. Scholastic Press/ Graphix. 2018. $24.99. ISBN: 978-0545902472. 
  • McNeil, Gretchen#MurderTrending. Disney Book Group/ Freeform Books. 2018. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1368010023. 

 

  • Reynolds, Jason. Track series (Sunny [vol. 3] and Lu [vol. 4]). Simon and Schuster/ Atheneum/ Caitlin Dlouhy Books. 2018. $16.99. ISBN: 978-1481450218 (Sunny) and 978-1481450249 (Lu). 
  • Saeed, AishaAmal Unbound. Penguin Random House/ Nancy Paulsen Books. 2018. $17.99. ISBN: 978-0399544682. 
  • Stiefel, Chana. Animal Zombies!: And Other Blood-Sucking Beasts, Creepy Creatures, and Real-Life Monsters. National Geographic/ NatGeo Kids. 2018. $14.99. ISBN: 978-1426331497. 
  • Summers, CourtneySadie. Macmillan/ St. Martin’s Press/ Wednesday Books. 2018. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1250105714. 
  • Wang, JenThe Prince and the Dressmaker. Macmillan/ Roaring Brook Press/ First Second. 2018. $24.99. ISBN: 978-1626723634. 

 

You can also visit YALSA’s official list here.

Want to check out all of the nominees? Click here.

Want to show them off in your library? Click here to print the info graphic below.

YALSA 2019 (2)

YALSA 2019 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten

Did you miss YALSA’s announcing their pick for the 2019 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Top Ten?

Great Graphic Novels for Teens is a list of recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for those ages 12-18, prepared yearly by YALSA. (Source)

Check out the books that made the list below.

  • Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation. By Anne Frank and Ari Folman. Illus. by David Polonsky. 2018. Pantheon, $24.95 (9781101871799). 
  • Crush. By Svetlana Chmakova. Illus. by the author. 2018. JY, $11.00 (9780316363242). 
  • Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt With Family Addiction. By Jarrett Krosoczka. Illus. by the author. 2018. Graphix, $24.99 (9780545902472). 
  • Illegal. By Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin. Illus. by Giovanni Rigano. 2018. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $20.00 (9781492662143). 
  • My Brother’s Husband, Volume 2. By Gengoroh Tagame. Illus. by the author. 2018. Pantheon Books, $24.95 (9781101871539). 
  • On a Sunbeam. By Tillie Walden. Illus. by the author. 2018. First Second, $32.99 (9781250178145). 
  • Royal City, Volume 2: Sonic Youth. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534305526). 
  • Royal City, Volume 3: We All Float On. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author. 2018. Image Comics, $16.99 (9781534308497). 
  • Silver Spoon. By Hiromu Arakawa. Illus. by the author. 2018.Yen Press, $15.00
    • v.1. (9780316416191).
    • v.2. (9781975326197).
    • v.3. (9781975327460).
    • v.4. (9781975327590).
  • Speak: The Graphic Novel. By Laurie Halse Anderson. Illus. by Emily Carroll. 2018. Farrar Straus Giroux, $19.99 (9780374300289). 
  • The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees. By Don Brown. Illus. by the author. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99 (9781328810151). 

You can also visit YALSA’s official list here.

Want to check out all of the nominees? Click here.

Want to show them off in your library? Click here to print the info graphic below.

YALSA  2019 (3).png

B.E.S.T. Award 2019

Please click here to download and print the application.

Purpose:

To honor significant contributions by a teenager to library services.

BEST

Award:

A commemorative plaque will be awarded to one teen in each county. Each award recipient will also be given a $150 stipend.

Requirements:

  • Be a Nassau or Suffolk County resident.
  • Be a volunteer, employee or other affiliate of any library-related organization.
  • Have a library sponsor.
  • Submit a sponsor recommendation that demonstrates significant contribution to library services.
  • Must be between 13 and 19 years of age.

Deadline:

Applications may be submitted beginning Monday, March 5, 2018 and must be received no later than Monday, April 2, 2018. Applications for Nassau County should be sent to:

Lisa Zuena
Librarian, Teen Services
Massapequa Public Library
40 Harbor Lane
Massapequa Park, NY 11762
Telephone: 516-799-0770 x 5305
E-mail: lzuena@massapequalibrary.org

Please click here to download and print the application.

Selections:

A committee of the Young Adult Services Divisions of the Nassau and Suffolk County Library Associations will choose the winners. All entries will remain the property of those Divisions.

Each nominee will receive a certificate of appreciation and a letter of commendation from the B.E.S.T. Award committee.

Awards will be presented at the Long Island Library Conference on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the Melville Marriott. 

For more information on the conference click here.

Monthly Links

A selection of links to articles, booklists and more that were tweeted during the month of January and February

Every month you will find a collection of selected links here on the blog in case you missed seeing them on Twitter or would just like a easy way to find them. This post is including last month as well.

Articles and Videos:

Book Awards:

Booklists:

Programming:

*Keep these in mind for this summer

 

 

 

 

YALSA 2019 Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

Did you miss YALSA’s announcing their pick for 2019 Top Ten Best Fiction?

Each year, YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks Blogging Team selects and annotates an annual list of notable audio recordings significant to young adults from those released in the past two years. The name of the list became Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults with the 2009 list and was previously known as Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults. (Source)

Check out the books that made the list below.

  • Akata Witcby Nnedi Okorafor, read by Yetide Badaki. Tantor Audio, 2018. 8 hours and 49 minutes; 7 discs. 978-1-9773-0242-7
  • Educated by Tara Westover, read by Julia Whelan. Random House, 2018. 12 hours, 10 minutes. 978-0-5255-2805-0. 
  • I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman, read by Nicole Lewis, Michael Crouch, and Sunil Malhotra. Listening Library, 2018. 7 hours, 29 minutes; 6 discs. 978-0-5256-3626-7.
  • Lu by Jason Reynolds, read by Guy Lockard. Simon & Schuster Audio, 2018. 4 hours, 50 minutes; 4 discs. 978-1508263463. 
  • Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K. Rowling and Kennilworthy Whisp, read by Andrew Lincoln. Pottermore, 2018. 3 hours, 10 minutes. 978-1-7811-0990-8. 
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers, read by Rebecca Soler, Fred Berman, Dan Bittner, Gabra Zackman, and a Full Cast. Macmillan Audio, 2018. 7 hours, 57 minutes. 978-1-2502-1821-6. 
  • Sunny by Jason Reynolds, read by Guy Lockard. Simon & Schuster Audio, 2018. 3 hours 7 minutes. 978-1-5082-6347-0. 
  • The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by MT Anderson and Eugene Yelchin, read by Gildart Jackson. Dreamscape Media, 2018. 5 hours, 25 minutes. 9781974930388. 
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, read by Elizabeth Acevedo. HarperAudio, 2018.  3 hours, 30 minutes. 978-1-5385-0023-1. 
  • Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman, read by Greg Trembley. Audible Studios on Brilliance, 2018. 13 hours, 2 minutes; MP3 CD. 978-1-9786-1430-6.

If available, titles are links to Nassau Digital Doorway record for audio version.

You can also visit YALSA’s official list here.

Want to check out all of the nominees? Click here.

Want to show them off in your library? Click here to print the info graphic below.

YALSA 2019

YALSA 2019 Top Ten Best Fiction

Did you miss YALSA’s announcing their pick for 2019 Top Ten Best Fiction?

“YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee presents fiction titles published for young adults in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for ages 12 to 18.” (Source)

This list is put together by adults and is not to be confused with the Teens Top Ten which is voted on by Teens. Those nominees will be announced during National Library Week with the winners announced during Teen Read week.

Check out the books that made the list below.

 

 

 

 

All book titles link to book’s catalog record where you can find out more about the book and it’s availability. 

You can also visit YALSA’s official list here.

Want to check out all of the nominees? Click here.

Want to show them off in your library? Click here to print the info graphic below.

YALSA 2019 Top Ten Best Fiction