Young Adult and Children’s Services at UCLA

YACS in 2013 January 17, 2013

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Welcome back to the Winter Quarter, 2013.

There is much to talk about involving the world of Children’s and Young Adult Literature with the ALA Midwinter conference coming up. ALA Youth Media Awards, including the Newberry, Caldecott, and Printz awards, will be announced Monday, Jan. 28th, and there are


sure some good contenders this year! If you want to host a Mock Printz Award at your library’s teen space, YALSA’s Amanda Margis can tell you how.

John Green recently sold-out Carnegie Hall for his anniversary party for his latest novel The Fault in Our Stars. He and his brother called it “Evening of Awesome.” They were joined by the band “Mountain Goats” and author Neil Gaiman made a surprise visit! Who says books aren’t cool?


Locally, we have some great events coming up. Monday, February 4th, YACS will host teen librarian from Santa Monica Public Library, Erica Cuyugan, and UCLA Grad. She will speak at 12:30 pm in GSEIS rm 111. Erica recently completed the Eureka! Leadership Program, a workshop facilitated by California Library Association. She used the skills learned at Eureka! to implement a teen journalism project at her library, “Voices of Santa Monica.” Not only will she speak about this great and innovative experience, but Erica will also share her thoughts on school outreach and partnerships. She has had good and bad experiences with each, and is eager to share some of her new found, professional wisdom.


YACS begins for 2012-13 October 24, 2012

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We have had an eventful start for YACS this year (events post forthcoming), if a little slow on the blogging up-take. The group has been finalized and our officers are currently brainstorming some great programs for the year to support our Youth Services curriculum.


President: Irene Zapata
Vice President: Xuemin Zhong
Secretary: Jenna Jaureguy
Treasurer: Daniella Aquino
Publicity: Amanda Cheung
Webmaster: Maggie Gilmore & Jac Sanchez


Further, our YACS Faculty Advisor, Dr. Loretta Gaffney, has officially joined the UCLA GSEIS Faculty – Congratulations to that hard working lady!


YACS is on Facebook, and Twitter, and we have a website. Follow one, follow all to stay posted on all things relating to Youth Services events, opportunities, and practices through UCLA’s MLIS superheroes.


Congratulations Class of 2012! A recap of the past year August 30, 2012

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2011-2012 has proven to be another great year for YACS.  During Fall Quarter, we held a BYOC (build-your-own-costume) event to celebrate Halloween.  Winter Quarter was a particularly busy quarter for us.  Events included a Make Your Own Valentine Card fundraiser in which all proceeds went towards a book donation for Books Beyond Bars.  We also hosted a visit from Dr. Claudette S McLinn.  Claudette spoke to us about the multicultural experience in children’s literature.  Also during winter quarter, YACS had the opportunity to meet with and listen to children’s author and illustrator, Allen Say, at the 2012 Frances Clarke Sayers Lecture.  During spring, YACS teamed up with the Department of Near Eastern Studies to host author, Anushka Ravishankar, otherwise known as “The Indian Dr. Seuss.”

We capped the year off with a final meeting and a congraduation graffiti wall to say goodbye to the second years.

2011-2012 was great . . . and the class of 2012 will be missed.  We thank you for all your advice and good times . . . but 2012-2013 . . . here we come!  Get ready for another great year with YACS =) !


Request for Student Assistance @ ALA-Chicago March 16, 2009

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Dear ALA Student Chapter Leaders: Would you be able to post the following request on your ALA Student Chapter or school listservs? Could you please spread the word to your youth services groups & colleagues? YALSA Needs YOU! At ALA Annual ( Heading to Chi-town this summer? Whether you’re a brand new or seasoned YALSA member, we need your help manning our action-packed booth in the exhibit hall! This is a great opportunity to network with colleagues, learn more about your organization, and engage wandering attendees about the wonders and glories of ALA’s fastest growing division. Almost all of the time slots below are still available, so email the Division and Membership Committe at now to reserve your preferred time. *Sat. July 11, 5:30pm – 7:30pm *Sun. July 12, 9:00am – 5:00pm *Mon. July 13, 9:00am – 5:00pm *Tues. July 14, 9:00am – 2:00pm We strongly encourage student members of YALSA to volunteer! You don’t have to be a long-time member to volunteer, you will learn a lot about the organization and the annual conference in general and have many opportunities to network with experienced colleagues! Feel free to email if you have any questions! Many thanks in advance & good luck in your studies! Best wishes, -Candice-


Francesca Lia Block January 1, 2009

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YA author Francesca Lia Block will be making an appearance at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on Saturday January 17th @ 2pm. She will be reading from her collection of poetry, How to (Un)Cage a Girl.

Francesca’s website:


Cornelia Funke October 27, 2008

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Hey everyone.  THis is a Children’s Book World and the Santa Monica Public Library present

Author Talk and Book Signing
Tuesday, October 14
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Santa Monica Main Library
Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium
601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica

Join international bestselling author Cornelia Funke in celebration of the publication of INKDEATH, her masterful conclusion to the epic Inkheart Trilogy.

The following books are available for purchase and autographing at the event and in advance at Children’s Book World. Phone orders, 310 559-BOOK, happily accepted up until the day before the event.

Inkdeath  $24.99
Inkheart  $24.99, $9.99p
Inkspell  $19.99, $9.99p
Ingraine the Brave  $16.99
Dragon Rider $14.99
Thief Lord  $19.99, $7.99p
Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost!  $16.99, $4.99p
Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost!  $16.99, $4.99p
Ghosthunters and the Totally Moldy Baroness!  $16.99, $4.99p
Ghosthunters and the Muddy Monster of Dawn!  $16.99, $4.99p
When Santa Fell to Earth $15.99
Pirate Girl and One Wild Brother  $18.99
Pirate Girl  $15.99
Princess Knight $15.95
Princess Pigsty  $16.99
Wildest Brother  $16.99

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For more information, please call Children’s  Book World at (310) 559-BOOK.


Next YACS Meeting – October 21st October 14, 2008

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Join us at 12 noon October 21st in the IS commons for the next YACS meeting. Bring a book of your choice to booktalk – See you then!



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