Participants of IMLS funded project, “Future Ready with the Library” announced

For Immediate Release
Fri, 09/30/2016


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), have announced the first 20 participants of its IMLS grant funded project, Future Ready with the Library.

The 20 participants who make up the first cohort of the project are:

  • Assmus, Jenna; Rio (Wisconsin) Community Library
  • Baxter, Katie; Kodiak (Alaska) Public Library
  • Boyles, Christine; Mineral County Library; Hawthorne, NV
  • Buckland, Hannah; Leech Lake Tribal College; Cass Lake, MN
  • Butler, Tamara; Rumford (Maine) Public Library
  • Edelen, Gayle; Dubois (Indiana) County Contractual Public Library, Dubois Branch
  • Faill, Jessica; Marshall County Memorial Library; Lewisburg, TN
  • Haas, Jessica; Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation Tribal Family Resource Library; Smith River, CA
  • Hoak, Megan; The Dales-Wasco County Library; The Dales, OR
  • LaFromboise, Aaron; Medicine Spring Library; Browning, MT
  • Loiselle, Stephanie; Wilton (New Hampshire) Public & Gregg Free Library
  • Miller, Annie; Greenwich (New York) Free Library
  • Pitts, Laura; Scottsboro (Alabama) Public Library
  • Poling-Sharkey, Peggy; Panther Library; Parma, ID
  • Robertson, Deb; Kilgore Memorial Library; York, NE
  • Rountree, Renae; Washington County Public Library; Chipley, FL
  • Scholz, Hillary Scholz; Cardington-Lincoln Public Library; Cardington, OH
  • Shue, Frannie; Centre Hall (Pennsylvania) Public Library
  • Simpson, Jessica; Nespelem (Washington) School District
  • Straube, Amy; Waseca (Minnesota) Jr-Sr High School

"I can't wait to see how the libraries, tweens, and community partners work together to create quality career and college readiness services, and to see those programs replicated in other communities nationwide over the next few years,” said YALSA President Sarah Hill. “The program is a stellar example of the transformation of teen library services, and it supports YALSA's vision – 'creating new opportunities for all teens' personal growth, academic success, and career development’.”

Through this project, YALSA and ARSL will support the members of the first cohort as they work with a community partner to develop college and career readiness services for the middle school students in their area. The project will require participating library staff to commit approximately 2 - 3 hours per week throughout 2017.

Members of the first cohort will also participate in a two-day orientation at ALA’s 2017 Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, GA, Jan. 19 – 20, 2017 and take part in online classes through the rest of the year.

The Future Ready with the Library project will engage a total of 80 library staff, separated into three cohorts, over a three-year period. Learn more about the project on our website. Individuals interested in participating in the next group of cohorts can sign up to receive email notifications about the project by filling out this quick online form.

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, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail:

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