MAE Award for the Best Literature Program for Teens

About the MAE Award for the Best Literature Program for Teens  This award honors a YALSA member for developing an outstanding reading or literature program for young adults.The MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust.Edwards was a well-known and innovative young adult services librarian at Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Md., for more than 30 years. Her trust has supported many initiatives from YALSA, including the Alex Awards for adult books with teen appeal and all five rounds of the Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults project. 

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2017 Winner(s)

Lauri Vaughan

Upper school campus librarian at The Harker School, Upper School Campus

In her application, Vaughan details the development and success of their program, ReCreate Reading. She notes that the program enables the faculty, administration, staff, and coaches at the Harker School’s Upper School Campus to bring the joy and excitement of reading to students who perhaps are not as excited about reading. While not compulsory, almost all the students participate by selecting one of the year’s books through a competitive process to read over the summer. Then, after returning to school, students gather with the school staff during the first week of classes to discuss what they read.

ReCreate Reading is “amplifying a celebration of thrilling narrative, nail-biting adventure and thought-provoking prose that organically infects the large majority of our student body with a genuine interest in reading,” states Vaughan in her winning application. “The success of the program has been evidenced…most convincingly by our English department faculty who decreased and eventually eliminated required summer reading assignments. ReCreate Reading has reliably kept kids’ noses in books.” This program, which began several years ago, continues to inspire school personnel and students to read for pleasure.

Upon hearing she received this award Vaughan said, “A program like ReCreate Reading could not happen without annual full-on participation from our faculty and staff. The commitment by the adults in our community sends a powerful, genuinely enthusiastic message about the infectious thrill of reading. On behalf of Harker’s voracious readers, I am honored to accept this award.”