Great Books Giveaway Competition

About the Great Books Giveaway Competition
Each year the YALSA office receives approximately 1200 newly published books, videos, CDs and audiocassettes, materials that have been targeted primarily towards young adults.   Publishers and producers submit copies for selection committees to review and nominate. 

Administered by:

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2012 Winner(s)

Southeast Arkansas Regional Library in Monticello

Southeast Arkansas Regional Library is a system of 14 branches serving a population of 68,000 residents over a large rural area, where more than 28 percent lives beneath the poverty level. SARL's libraries share a $48,000 collection budget, of which just 1 percent is devoted to juvenile items. Forty-one percent of the library system's books for youth were published in 1980 or before; 15 percent were published after 2000.

2012 Runner Up(s)

3rd place

Barton Library in El Dorado, Ark.

Barton Library serves an area of 24,000 with a central library and five branches; in 2011, 8,600 young adults used services or checked out materials at Barton Library, many of which are from low-to-middle income families and depend on Barton Library for computer access and homework help. The library's nonfiction collection, which many teens rely on for school projects, is mostly 40 years or older.

2nd place

Jefferson High School in Edgewater, Colo.

Jefferson High School is in Colorado's largest school district, but it is the oldest high school building in its district with an aging collection. Nearly 90 percent of Jefferson's students receive free or reduced lunches; 46 percent of its students are English Language Learners, and the library offers services to its community year-round, including a summer reading program when grant funds are available.