2016 Teen Read Week™ Grant recipients announced

For Immediate Release
Thu, 07/07/2016


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the recipients of its 2016 Teen Read Week™ Activity Grant.

The grant was generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and was awarded to 10 libraries to help fund their literacy-focused Teen Read Week activities. The activities will help support innovative reading or literacies programs aimed at the 22% of the nation's youth who speak a language other than English at home. Each grant is worth $1,000.

The recipients of the grant are as follows:

  • Andronik, Catherine. Brien McMahon High School Library; Norwalk, CT
  • Brasfield, Amanda. Findlay (Ohio) High School Library
  • Chadwick, Stephanie. Middletown (New Jersey) Township Public Library
  • Frey, Sara. Plymouth Whitemarsh High School; Plymouth Meeting, PA
  • Gaudet, Katina. Lafourche Parish Public Library - South Lafourche Branch; Cut Off, LA
  • Gomez. Guadalupe. Haskett Library; Anaheim, CA.
  • Myers, Cheryl. McHenry (Illinois) High School West Campus
  • Otis, Emily. Anaheim (California) Public Library
  • Porche, Shannon. Lockport (Louisiana) Public Library
  • Shutts, Cynthia. White Oak Library District; Romeoville, IL

This year, Teen Read Week will take place from October 9-15, 2016 with a multilingual take on the theme of “Read for the Fun of It!” Official Teen Read Week products are available for purchase through the ALA Store.  Products include a themed posterbookmarks, a manual, and more. To learn more about Teen Read Week, please visit the official Teen Read Week website.

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually in October, the same week as Columbus Day. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. Join the online discussion with the hashtag #TRW16.

For years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided Youth Literacy Grants to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations in hopes to provide assistance in implementing and expanding literacy programs for youth. For more information about Dollar General and its Youth Literacy Grants, visit www.dollargeneral.com.

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.