Apply now for the 2017 Teen Read Week™ Activity Grant

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/11/2017


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

CHICAGO — Eligible library staff, afterschool providers and educators can now apply for the Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) 2017 Teen Read Week Activity Grant.

Ten grants worth $1,000 each will be awarded to help fund literacies-focused Teen Read Week programs and activities that are especially geared towards low-income youth. Applications are due by June 1, 2017. Funding for the grants is generously provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The 2017 Teen Read Week website launches April 12 with updated materials and resources tailored to the 2017 theme. Individuals are encouraged to join the site to receive the latest updates and full access to free resources such as a themed logo, on-demand webinars, discussion forums, and more.

Teen Read Week will be celebrated this year with the theme “Unleash Your Story!” from October 8-14, 2017. Library staff, afterschool providers, and educators are encouraged to leverage this theme to encourage teens to write, tell and share their own stories as well as find stories, biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, folktales, and more in their local library.

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacies initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is held annually in October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. Join the online discussion with the hashtag #TRW17.

Learn more on the official Teen Read Week web site at

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: