2017 Teen Read Week™ Grant recipients announced

Thu, 07/06/2017

Contact:

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 2017 Teen Read Week™ Activity Grant.

The grant was generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and was awarded to ten libraries to help fund their literacy-focused Teen Read Week activities, which will help support teens in writing, telling and sharing their own stories, as well as find stories, biographies, autobiographies, folktales, and more in their local library. Each grant is worth $1,000.

The recipients of the grant are as follows:

  • Atkinson, Taylor. Union (South Carolina) County Carnegie Library
  • Colby, Heather. Homer Township Public Library District; Homer Glen, IL
  • Halpin, Catherine. Boston (Massachusetts) Public Library
  • Hones, Kay. Civic Center Secondary; San Francisco, CA
  • James, Rebecca. Clayton County Library System; Jonesboro, GA
  • Ojserkis, Amy. Atlantic County Institute of Technology; Mays Landing, NJ
  • Perrin, Julie. Jaffrey (New Hampshire) Public Library
  • Reinstein, Maria. Buckfield (Maine) Junior Senior High School Library Media Center
  • Rellstrab, Pamela. Defiance (Ohio) Public Library System
  • Strauss, Elizabeth. Dover (Ohio) Public Library

This year, Teen Read Week will take place from October 8-14, 2017 with the theme of “Unleash Your Story.” Library staff, afterschool providers, and educators are encouraged to leverage this theme to encourage teens to tell their own stories, as well as find stories, biographies, autobiographies, folktales, and more in their local library. 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 #TRW17.

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.