2018 Teen Read Week™ Grant recipients announced

For Immediate Release
Wed, 07/11/2018


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 announced the recipients of its 2018 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 innovative reading or literacies programs for and with the teens in their community. Each grant is worth $1,000.

The recipients of the grant are as follows:

  • Carpenter, Terri. Vineland (New Jersey) Public Library
  • Elder, Zachary. Pearl Bailey Library, Newport News (Virginia) Public Libraries
  • Garcia, Brittany. Rancho Cucamonga (California) Public Library
  • Hutchenson, Bailee. Bolivar-Hardeman (Tennessee) County Library
  • Kleiman, Allan. Montville (New Jersey) Township Public Library
  • Lewis, Cicely. Meadowcreek High School Library; Norcross, GA
  • Lynda, Martin. Clarksburg-Harrison (West Virginia) Public Library
  • McCallister, Kimberly. Liberty Middle School; Beaverdam, WI
  • Powell, Jennifer. Tarrant (Alabama) High School
  • Wallace, April. Pelham (Alabama) Park Middle School

This year, Teen Read Week will take place from October 7-13, 2018 with the theme of “It’s Written in the Stars: READ.” Official Teen Read Week products are available for purchase through the ALA Store.  Products include a themed posterbookmarks, 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 #TRW18 or learn more at www.ala.org/teenread.

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.