2018 YALSA Summer Teen Intern Grant recipients announced

For Immediate Release
Wed, 02/21/2018


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 chosen 20 libraries to receive its 2018 Summer Teen Intern Grant.

The grant will allow libraries to hire teen interns to assist in the implementation of their summer learning programs, while also helping teens gain real world work experience, and develop professional skills. Each grant is worth $1,000. The grant is possible through the generous sponsorship from The Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The recipients are as follows:

  • Baumgarn, Chris; The Public Library of Silver City (New Mexico)
  • Bilby, Becky; Sioux Center (Iowa) Public Library
  • Bruce, Gail; Laurel (Delaware) Public Library
  • Carlson, Amber; Davenport (Iowa) Public Library
  • Elder, Zachary; Pearl Bailey Library, Newport News (Virginia) Public Library System
  • Etheredge, Mary Kate; North Shelby Library; Birmingham, Alabama
  • Felker, Janice; Eastern Shore Public Library; Accomac, Virginia
  • Junius, Adrianne; Hall County Library System; Gainesville, Georgia
  • LaRosee, Elizabeth; Turner Free Library; Randolph, Massachusetts
  • McAdams, Kendra; Madison (Indiana) Jefferson County Public Library
  • Owens, Elena; Wake County Public Library; Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Parks, Angela; Olathe (Kansas) Public Library
  • Porche, Shannon; Lafourche Parish Public Library – South Lafourche Branch; Cut Off, Louisiana
  • Rellstab, Pamela; Defiance (Ohio) Public Library System
  • Scussell, Heather; Russell Library; Middletown, Connecticut
  • Snyder, Lola; Jackson County Public Library; Seymour, Indiana
  • Swanson, Kristine; Public Libraries of Saginaw (Michigan) –Wickes Branch
  • Vidmar, Carolyn; East New Orleans (Louisiana) Regional Library
  • Weaver, Abigail; Bartlett (Illinois) Public Library District
  • Zachariah, Gail; Keene (New Hampshire) Public Library

To learn more about the grant and summer learning, please visit the Summer Learning website, an online space where educators, library workers and out-of-school-time providers can find and share helpful summer reading and learning resources.

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.