2017 Teen Tech Week Grant Recipients announced

For Immediate Release
Thu, 02/02/2017


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, has announced the recipients of its 2017 Teen Tech Week Grant.

Grant recipients will each receive $1,000 to fund activities aimed at helping teens build the digital literacy skills they need to make a positive change in their life and community.

The recipients are as follows:

  • Gerhardt, Aubrey; Otto Bruyns Public Library; Northfield, New Jersey
  • Miller, Melanie; Alfred (New York) Box of Books Library
  • Porche, Shannon; Lafourche Parish Public Library-South Lafourche Branch; Cut Off, Louisiana
  • Shutts, Cynthia; White Oak Library District; Romeoville, Illinois
  • Sovell, Emily; Willmar (Minnesota) Public Library;

In addition to the grant, recipients will receive a gift pack of themed posters and bookmarks. Other libraries wishing to celebrate Teen Tech Week can sign up on the Teen Tech Week website for access to free digital downloads of themed posters, bookmarks, as well as to exchange ideas with fellow library staff.

Teen Tech Week 2017 will take place March 5-11, 2017 with the theme, "Be the Source of Change," which encourages teens to take advantage of all the great digital resources offered through the library to make a positive change in their life and community.

To learn more, visit and sign up for a free account at www.ala.org/teentechweek.

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.