Monday, March 7, 2011

Fabulous Films for Young Adults

I am a very busy girl!! In addition to my job as a librarian and my blog, I'm also a committee member for Fabulous Films for Young Adults. This committee is part of YALSA, which is the young adult division of the American Library Association.

When I tell people I'm on FFYA, I always get the same response-"what do movies have to do with libraries?" Well, lots of things! Libraries aren't just about research and reference materials. You can find popular materials at the library, including movies! The goal of Fabulous Films for Young Adults is to provide libraries and schools with a collection development tool. Each list is based around a theme and each year a committee of librarians view, discuss and vote on the top films for that theme. These films are chosen because the committee feels these films deserve a place in a library collection and we provide a list as a starting place. Teachers can use the list to find films to use in the classroom. And librarians can use the list to develop programs around the films. Not everyone will agree with every film on the list, but the films are all watched and discussed during meetings and the committee tries to pick the films we think are the best for our given theme that represent a varity of interests, age levels and audience.

The best part about Fabulous Films for Young Adults is that it's not just the committee members that can nominate films! This year's theme is Song and Dance. Anyone can nominate a film to be considered for the list! So get out your song and dance movies and nominate away-we love nominations that come from outside the committee! (Or if you don't want to fill out the long nomination for, leave a comment with your film nomination and I'll work on nominating it for you!)
And if you have any questions about getting involved with YALSA, let me know-I'd be happy to try and answer them!


  1. How old can the films be? And do they want more than just musicals? (That is the first thing that comes into my head with movie + song and dance). :)

  2. Heather-It can be from any time and we're hoping for a mix of musicals, movies that feature song and dance (like Take the Lead, Step Up, Drumline, etc) and documentaries.

  3. Do the films have to be produced in the US?

  4. No, but they do need to be available to purchase in the US so librarians and teachers can use them if they'd like.


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