Four libraries win YALSA’s Symposium Programming Contest

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/30/2018


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected four winners for its 2017 Symposium Programming Contest.

The four winners are:

Each winner will receive $1,500 to implement their symposium inspired program. Funding for the challenge was provided generously through a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The Warren County Public Library will dedicate the proceeds to a teen programming initiative with the goal of re-introducing teen programming to their public library system. Through the foundation of a Teen Advisory Board and Theatre Camp, they plan to grow their teen base to support regular programming directed towards teens in their community.

The La Porte County Public Library will host a series of projects called "MAKE a Difference." Using their makerspace equipment, teens will create items that will be donated to those in need within the community. Projects include printing 3D prosthetic hands and mini puzzles, building bikes and designing bracelets.

The Charles County Public Library will purchase film kits (consisting of a camcorder, tripod, and a green screen kit), as well as a GoPro camera to be circulated to patrons as they make films for their Film Festival for Teens next November.

The Johnson City Public Library will begin a new program to be organized by teen volunteers called Stories to Service. Stories to Service is a book club paired with a community service project that teens will plan based on which populations or organizations they would like to serve.

Winning programs will be included on YALSA’s programming site, Teen Programming HQ. To learn more about the Teen Programming HQ and how to contribute to the site, visit

The mission of Teen Programming HQ is to provide a one-stop-shop for finding and sharing information about library programs of all kinds for and with teens. It also promotes best practices in programming by featuring user-submitted programs that align with YALSA’s Teen Programming Guidelines, Futures Report, and mission statement and enables members and the library community to connect with one another to support and display their efforts to continuously improve their teen programs.

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: