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1. New Realistic Hermione Figurine!

Your eyes are not fooling you.  This figurine (doll) by Star Ace for Sideshow Collectibles must have taken some polyjuice potion, because it looks just like 11-year-old Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

The Hermione Granger figurine is the latest addition to a collection of dolls based on characters from the Harry Potter films.  The series also includes Ron, Voldemort, Sirius Black, Mad-Eye Moody, and Harry.

The dolls are scale models of the actors, complete with accurate costumes and accessories.  The Hermione Granger figurine comes with interchangeable hands for holding her wand, schoolbag, Magical Theory book, Hogwarts: A History book, learning broomstick, and writing quill.  It also has a bottle of ink and a doll stand.  The images below are based on the prototype.

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The Hermione doll is now available for preorder for around $210 USD from Sideshow Collectibles.  Thank you, Gizmodo Australia, for the tip!

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2. Harry Potter Lipsticks cast Makeup Magic

LA Splash, a cosmetic company in Los Angeles, has created a line of Harry Potter inspired liquid lipsticks. The vibrant colors of the lipsticks are named after many of our favorite characters in Harry Potter, as well as shades for Nagini and “Spellbound.”

The collection is composed of the most wild colors, as well as some classic deep reds and nudes. Since introducing the collection through their Instagram, LA Splash has been filling up their Gringotts vaults. Huffington Post reported:

The collection includes deep reds and nudes, but in true Potter fashion, also boasts some wild colors, like a sky blue and lavender (appropriately named, well, Lavender).

As with anything the HP series touches, the lipsticks have turned to gold, selling out on the brand’s website and prompting it to “frantically increase capacity.” 

And at $14 each, they won’t break the Gringotts Wizarding Bank, either. 

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From the LA Splash Instagram and website, here is a look at this magical makeup.

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These lipsticks are selling out rather quickly, but LA Splash is doing their best to meet the high demand. Bellatrix seems to be a particularly colorful shade, and is currently sold out. We have no doubt more Bellatrix will be available soon. If you wish to purchase these lipsticks you can find them on the LA Splash website, here.

To see more photos of real models wearing the lipsticks, please visit the LA Splash Instagram page.

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Model sporting the “Alastor” lipstick shade.

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3. See Tom Felton in New “Risen” Trailer!

A new trailer for the movie, Risen, starring Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) has been released. Tom Felton retweeted the news from MovieFone, with a picture of Tom Felton’s character, Lucius, grappling over a sword with Cliff Cutris’s character, Yeshua.

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Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) was quick to tweet about the new Risen trailer, saying that he was “Psyched for this, pal!” The two are currently tweeting back and forth about their weekend plans–throwing in Harry Potter references, of course, because the rivalry between Gryffindor and Slytherin is still very real.

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J.K. Rowling has just joined the conversation–expressing the same pleasure at seeing our Harry Potter boys banter between their respective houses.

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Risen is a biblical story of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The story is told from the views of non-believers, attempting to find the body of Christ after it has risen, leading the worlds largest and most important man-hunt. IMDB shares Sony Pictures description of the movie:

“Follows the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius, a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius, are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.”



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4. It’s Jack Kirby’s 98th birthday…why not give to the Hero Initiative today

Jack Kirby, the titanic force of US comics, would have been 98 years old today. While it makes you wonder what exciting things we'll be doing for his centenary, it's also a reminder that it's a good day to contribute to The Hero Initiative, as Kirby's granddaughter Jillian suggests in the above video. For several years, Jillian has promoted the Kirby4Heroes campaign to raise funds for the charity which aids creators in need. I can attest to the many people that this organization has helped, and in a field where 401ks are non existent, it's sometimes the only safety net poplar have.

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5. Friday roundup

Round-UPIn a week when everybody is supposed to be away at the beach, the Horn Book has been cranking out stuff for you to read. Beach reading, it’s maybe not, but nevertheless useful and even entertaining, we hope.

Lolly’s Classroom is talking about STEM books and inexpensive sources for classroom libraries.

–over on Out of the Box, Siân has a moving essay about seeing yourself in the books you read and also explains the difference between a maze and a labyrinth. WHO KNEW? Katie defends Beatrix Potter’s virtue and Shoshana talks about boogers.

–the Magazine has begun posting articles from our September issue, including Jack Gantos’s Zena Sutherland Lecture, which was just as peripatetic as he says it was.

Talks With Roger has been busy, with Lisa Graff interviewed last week and Lois Ehlert coming up next Wednesday. I’m also interviewing Eric Carle for the next issue of Notes from the Horn Book. You can sign up for all that here.

–a subscription to Notes (which is free) also brings you our latest newsletter, the quarterly What Makes a Good… ?, which debuted this week with “What Makes Good Narrative Nonfiction?” Have a look.

–And today I’m told is National Bow Tie Day, about which I have made my feelings known, in language not fit for a family website, over on Facebook.

–Finally, Katrina and Cathie Mercier and I are busy building this year’s Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, “Transformations,” which will feature a keynote address by the best friend the Horn Book ever had, Susan Cooper. Sign up now to get the early bird discount.


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6. YALSAblog Tweets of the Week - August 22, 2015

A short list of tweets from the past week of interest to teens and the library staff that work with them.

Do you have a favorite Tweet from the past week? If so add it in the comments for this post. Or, if you read a Twitter post between July 24 and July 30 that you think is a must for the next Tweets of the Week send a direct or @ message to lbraun2000 on Twitter.

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7. LeakyCon.com and Social Media Updates!

In preparation for the exciting LeakyCon 2016, LeakyCon is updating their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. These sites are currently veiled under an air of mystery, as they are being rebuilt from the ground up. With constructing a new theme, LeakyCon promises new and exciting details about the relaunch of LeakyCon in Los Angeles in 2016.

Next Tuesday, September 1, is the “start of term” and the day LeakyCon will unveil it’s new sites. Are you ready to go to Hogwarts?

Please watch the LeakyCon website, Twitter, Facebook page, and Tumblr for more exciting news coming soon! Sign up for newsletter updates on LeakyCon.com.

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8. Flame Con announces 2016 return: twice as long, new location

2016 Flame Con will be held for TWO days this time. And that's not all: they're moving to a bigger location too

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9. Very excited to have had the opportunity to create concept art...

Very excited to have had the opportunity to create concept art for animated biographies at the Smithsonian’s ‘American Enterprise’ exhibition - featuring leaders, thinkers & do-ers from the onset of industrialization through the Labor Rights Movement. Written/produced/animated by Benjamin Goldman Pictures. See the online version (soon) & get more info here

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10. Happy Birthday, Rupert Grint!

Today is the birthday of one of our favorite gingers, Rupert Grint.  Born on August 24, 1988, Grint turns 27 today.

Earlier this year, Rupert Grint felt it was time to trade in the old ice cream truck for something faster, so here’s a video about the 1980s Ferrari Testarossa in tribute.

Please join us in wishing Rupert Grint a happy birthday– and enjoy the new ride!

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11. Uglies Audiobooks

The Uglies series has a new set of audiobooks out, with a new reader, Emily Tremaine. (Wolf of Wall Street)

Here’s a sample from Uglies:

And here’s a sample from Pretties. It’s the scene in which Tally and Zane first kiss!

Download your copies here:



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12. Happy Birthday Percy Weasley!

Today marks the 39th birthday of previous Gryffindor Head Boy, Percy Weasley.

After the Second Wizarding War, Percy became Head of the Department of Magical Transportation, married a woman named Audrey and had two daughters – Molly and Lucy.

Percy was spotted at the final of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup by Rita Skeeter, who noticed (via a Daily Prophet article on Pottermore) that he had “aged considerably since the Battle of Hogwarts” and was “greying and balding“.

Please join us in wishing Percy a very happy birthday!

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13. Vacation Packages Now on Sale for Universal Orlando Resort’s A Celebration of Harry Potter

Universal Orlando Resort’s beloved fan event, A Celebration of Harry Potter, will return from January 29th-31st 2016. Vacation packages are now on sale at the theme park’s official website, and this is the site’s official description of the event:

Be a part of A Celebration of Harry Potter™ at Universal Orlando® Resort. Take part in all-new experiences as well as returning fan favorites such as film talent Q&A sessions, special panels and demonstrations, A Celebration of Harry Potter™ Expo, and more.

Explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®and Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios®. Dine at the Leaky Cauldron™ and the Three Broomsticks™, see a wand choose a wizard at Ollivanders™, then ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ and other thrilling attractions. With your park-to-park admission, you can even ride between both lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ on the Hogwarts™ Express°.

A Celebration of Harry Potter™ is an unforgettable event where the magic of Harry Potter™ continues, and it’s only at Universal Orlando Resort.

The premium  vacation packages sold out quickly, but not to fear: you can still experience the magic as several types of vacation packages are still available. They went on sale August 19th, though, and it is recommended that you buy soon if you wish to attend. Click here to view the packages on offer.

The film talent for the 2016 event has not yet been announced, but here are some of the stars who have attended the event in past years: Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), James and Oliver Phelps (the Weasley twins), and Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley). (via Orlando Informer, a great tool for planning a trip to Universal Orlando Resort. I’ve used it myself.)

If you’re on the fence about whether or not you’d like to attend, there’s a short video about A Celebration of Harry Potter 2015 on the aforementioned event page.



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14. Week in Review, August 16th-21st

Week in Review

This week on hbook.com…

From the September/October 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Kwame Alexander’s excellent — and timely — CSK Author Honor Award acceptance speech, “A Thousand Winters”

2014-2015 Yearbook Superlatives: Cutest Couple, Class Clown…Biggest Potty Mouth?…and more accolades for some of our favorite characters

Ashley Bryan Talks with Roger

Reviews of the Week:

Read Roger: Oh look, another newsletter

Out of the Box: “What do you think of my labyrinth?” part 2

Lolly’s Classroom: Trimming down a classroom library

Events calendar

Summer Reading 2015

See overviews of previous weeks by clicking the tag week in review. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to keep up-to-date on our articles!


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15. Pottermore Announces Final House Cup

Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s official website for all things Harry Potter books, made a startling announcement on Facebook.  The final House Cup for Pottermore members will be awarded on September 9.

This is the latest in a series of changes to the Pottermore website that began in April 2015, with the closure of Pottermore Insider and the end of chat, status updates, and drawings. While some of these changes were made for child safety reasons, the end of the House Cup is completely unexpected.

On September 9, we’ll be awarding the House Cup, so keep duelling and brewing and help lead your house to glory. Some…

Posted by Pottermore on Thursday, August 20, 2015

Many fans of Pottermore are understandably upset and venting their frustration in Facebook comments.  They are concerned that the end of the House Cup will mean the end of the friendly competition and house rivalry in Pottermore.  They don’t understand why Pottermore is encouraging anyone to compete for the final House Cup, when it isn’t going to continue.  Others think Pottermore has done nothing but improve, and there is something good coming soon. (Is there finally going to be a Pottermore app?)

So, we will keep watching the Pottermore Facebook page, and we will wait for September 9.

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16. Wind’s in the East

My blog has a new home!

It’s here at story-monster.com.  I liked my blogspot–a lot–and had it for nearly 9 years!  But blogger is getting a little old, so I dusted up and moved here.  Fancy, eh?  If you go to the original site, it will forward you here quick fast like a bunny.

These blog posts will also crosspost to tumblr!  So if you’re reading this from tumblr–glad to have you on board!Little Mary_01

Even better news is that I’ll be posting more often!  So stay tuned!

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17. Evanna Lynch in new “Danny and the Human Zoo” Trailer!

Danny and the Human Zoo, a new BBC drama that stars Evanna Lynch, has released it’s first trailer. Evanna plays the love interest of the protagonist, an actor/comedian growing up in 1970’s Dudley, England. The Independent reports:

Written by Lenny Henry, it’s a fictionalized account of the actor and comedian’s life growing up in Dudley in England in the 1970s.

Newcomer Kascion Franklin plays Danny while Lenny Henry plays his dad Samson, and Lynch is his love interest in the drama.

The official synopsis reads, “Danny’s world is a series of complex minefields which he has to negotiate: his home life – which his ebullient mother rules with an iron fist in an iron glove; his love life – where the Irish girl he’s in lust with won’t give him the time of day until he wins his first competition; and finally the ups and downs of his emerging career.”


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18. “Victor Frankenstein” Trailer Released

Twentieth Century Fox has released the trailer of James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe in Victor Frankenstein.  With a personal introduction by McAvoy and Radcliffe, the YouTube trailer shows high drama and intense special effects.  Igor (Radcliffe) seems to have sincere doubts about the duo’s monstrous experimentation, but Frankenstein (McAvoy) has no qualms.  When the monster finally lives, it is frightening.

Victor Frankenstein is set for a November 25 release.  Read more at Fox Movies, here.

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19. Doctor Who Comics Day is tomorrow!

We've been writing about it for months now, and can hardly believe it's almost here: the second annual Doctor Who Comics Day is tomorrow!

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20. J.K. Rowling reveals new ‘Fantastic Beasts’ information

Following the Scotland Vs. Ireland rugby game today, J.K. Rowling decided to treat supporters of Scotland’s team by releasing new information about two Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them characters via Twitter:

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Rowling confirmed Porpentina and Queenie’s distant relation to Anthony Goldstein, who was a student in Harry’s year at Hogwarts, a Ravenclaw prefect in his fifth year, and a member of Dumbledore’s Army. Goldstein was also revealed to be a Jewish wizard back in December in another tweet by Rowling:

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Keep an eye on Jo’s Twitter here, and take a look at our Top 25 J.K. Rowling tweets here.

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21. Happy 80th Birthday, Jim Dale!

Today marks the 80th birthday of Jim Dale – narrator of the U.S. Harry Potter audiobooks, video games and interactive ‘extras’ in the DVDs.

Dale also appears in the Carry On films, Pete’s Dragon and has won various awards, including a Tony Award (for Barnum on Broadway), two Grammy Awards for narrating (in 2008 and 2001) and ten Audie Awards. He was honoured with an MBE in 2003 for promoting English literature for children.

Join us here at The Leaky Cauldron in wishing Jim a very happy 80th birthday!

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22. Ticket Sales Coming for “Cursed Child” Play

This week, Max Weitzenhoffer, co-owner of the Palace Theatre in London, gave a low-key interview to Oklahoma television’s Parties Extra!  Weitzenhoffer talked about his theater’s latest project, the much-anticipated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play.

In the course of the interview, Weitzenhoffer revealed that tickets to the play will go on sale in October.  (A website has already been established through Pottermore for anyone interested in getting added to an advanced-sales notification list.) In addition, Weitzenhoffer acknowledged that of the 1400 seats available in the theater for each performance, 100 tickets will go to children who could not otherwise afford to see the play, at the specific request of the ever-generous J.K. Rowling.

Weitzenhoffer also said that the play has not yet been cast, but the set design “should be great,” as installation will take twice as long as it does for a major musical.  “There’s gonna be serious special effects that go with that,” noted Weitzenhoffer.

The play will open in London next summer, and Weitzenhoffer said that Harry Potter collectibles and memorabilia will be available in the concession stands through Warner Bros.  Finally, he noted that “opening night will probably be pretty grand… pretty spectacular.  I’m really looking forward to it.”

To be added to the advanced sales notification list and for the latest information on the play, see here.


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23. Happy Birthday Evanna Lynch!

Today, Evanna Lynch celebrates her 24th birthday! In the last year, Evanna has stepped far beyond her role as Luna Lovegood, though she will always be the face we imagine when we read of Luna’s character. In addition to moving on to new Post-Potter projects and independent films, Evanna has also taken time to reach out and stand up for causes she cares about. She is generous, sweet and kind, and also hilarious (follow her on Twitter)–having given us a few of our favorite J.K. Rowling tweets. J.K. Rowling beat us to the punch today in wishing Evanna a very happy birthday.

Please join us, as we join Jo, in wishing Evanna a very happy birthday!



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24. Production starts today for Fantastic Beasts!

Today, Monday, August 17, filming production begins at Warner Bros. Studios in London for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Yesterday Dan Fogler shared his excitement for beginning this “adventure” on his Instagram. This morning Pottermore officially tweeted that Fantastic Beasts production was to begin today, and shared an article from Businesswire.

As we know, J.K. Rowling is making her screen writing debut, and David Yates is continuing his legacy of directing Harry Potter-based films. Businesswire reviews the cast we know so far, and most of the crew. There are many very talented people working behind the scenes, as well as in front of the camera, with J.K. Rowling and David Yates. The article states:

Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated feature “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Filming started today, August 17, at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” feature films.

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars as Newt Scamander…

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also stars Katherine Waterston (“Inherent Vice”) as Tina; Alison Sudol (“Dig,” “Transparent”) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) as Jacob; Ezra Miller (“Trainwreck”) as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (“In America,” “Sweet and Lowdown”) as Mary Lou; Jenn Murray (“Brooklyn”) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (“True Detective”) as Graves.

The film is being produced by David Heyman, producer of all eight of the blockbuster “Harry Potter” features; J.K. Rowling; Steve Kloves; and Lionel Wigram.

Collaborating with Yates behind the scenes are: Oscar-winning director of photography Philippe Rousselot (“A River Runs Through It,” the “Sherlock Holmes” movies), three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (“The English Patient,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Gandhi,” the “Harry Potter” films), three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Tim Burke (“Gladiator,” the “Harry Potter” films), Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Christian Manz (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1”), and Yates’ longtime editor Mark Day (the last four “Harry Potter” films).

The first installment of at least three Fantastic Beast films is set to be released November 18, 2016. Perhaps Warner Bros. will make their own official announcement today and reveal more of the cast and a description of their roles.

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25. YALSA Seeking Content Experts for Teen Programming HQ

YALSA is seeking teen programming Content Experts for its upcoming web resource, Teen Programming HQ. The mission of the new site is to provide a one-stop-shop for finding and sharing information about programs of all kinds designed for and with teens. The site will promote best practices in programming by featuring user-submitted programs that align with YALSA’s Teen Programming Guidelines and Futures Report. The site will also enable dissemination of timely information about emerging and new practices for teen programming; raise awareness about appropriate YALSA tools to facilitate innovation in teen programming; and provide a means for members and others interested in teen programs to connect with one another to support and share their efforts to continuously improve their teen programs. The site is in beta testing now and will fully launch October 1st.

The Content Experts will work with the site’s Member Manager to vet all incoming program submissions and determine which meet the necessary criteria for being featured on the site. As part of this effort, Content Experts will be expected to give timely, constructive feedback to individuals regarding their program submissions. Please note that the Content Experts will not be submitting the content; rather, they will be reviewing content that is submitted by others.

List of Qualifications for Content Experts:

  • Thorough knowledge of best practices in teen programming, especially as outlined in YALSA’s Teen Programming Guidelines and report, “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action”
  • Strong background in engaging teens and community partners to plan, implement and evaluate innovative and impactful programs for and with teens that meet their developmental, educational and recreational interests
  • Ability to devote a minimum of 1-2 hours per week for 12 continuous months to the HQ
  • Excellent written communications skills and good netiquette
  • Successful experience in coaching, mentoring and/or teaching other adults
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Ability to work well in a virtual setting, including using tools such as Google Drive, Google Calendar, Skype, etc. to coordinate work and communicate with others
  • Membership in YALSA and a passion for YALSA’s mission
  • High ethical standards and no real or perceived conflict of interest with YALSA or its portfolio of print and web publications
  • Dynamic and self-motivated

Up to seven Content Experts will be selected by Sept. 21, 2015. The term of the appointment is one year beginning Oct. 1, 2015, with an option to renew for a second year, based on performance. Candidates must complete the online application form by no later than Sept. 15. Please note that this is not a salaried staff position, but a member volunteer opportunity. Please direct questions to YALSA's Communications Specialist, Anna Lam at alam@ala.org


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