YALSA announces cohort 3 participants of Future Ready with the Library project

For Immediate Release
Thu, 08/02/2018


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the 24 participants of the last cohort of its Future Ready with the Library project. The project is funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services and implemented in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.

The cohort marks the final year of the three-year long project, which aims to build the capacity of small, rural and tribal libraries to provide college and career readiness (CCR) services for and with middle schoolers.

"It is exciting to see how the library staff of Cohort 3 will partner with organizations in their community building off the lessons learned from Cohorts 1 & 2,” said YALSA President Crystle Martin. “The partnerships and career and college ready programming that this cohort develops will create new opportunities and exposure to new potential futures for middle school students in their local small, rural, and tribal communities.”

The participants are:

  • Boyd, Kia; Atchison (Kansas) Public Library
  • Brunner, Catherine (Kate); Pine River Library; Bayfield, CO
  • Claiborne, Jenny; C.E. Weldon Public Library; Martin, TN
  • Connery, Dianne; Pottsboro (Texas) Area Public Library
  • DeVries, Chris; West Noble Middle School; Ligonier, IN
  • Enger, Carla; Robert W. Rowe Public Library; Sheridan, IL
  • Frost, Ashley; Gibsonville (North Carolina) Public Library
  • Golde, Rachelle; Hutchinson (Minnesota) Public Library
  • Hahn, Tyler; Cherokee (Iowa) Public
  • Hayden, John; Bonham (Texas) Public Library
  • Hertzberg, Amy; Nevada (Missouri) Middle School Library
  • Hollin, Connie; Plate County School District ; Guernsey, WY
  • Jacklaw, Erik; City of Commerce (California) Library
  • Kuzmich, Elizabeth; Mechanicville (New York) Public Library
  • Lewis, Lisa; Show Low (Arizona) Library
  • Mayes, Ashley; Shannon River Joint School District; Riggin, ID
  • Paschal, Jessica; Artesia (New Mexico) Public Library
  • Pederson, Brooke; Upper Skagit Library; Concrete, WA
  • Pierce, Karen; Butler County Federated Library; Slippery Rock, PA
  • Roscup, Roxanne; Sodus (New York) Community Library
  • St. Amand, Carol; Jabish Brook Middle School Library; Belchertown, MA
  • Tegmeyer, Carly; Pike County Public Library; Petersburg, IN
  • Wissbrod, Megan; Divide County High School Library; Crosby, ND

Participants of the last cohort will participate in a two-day orientation in conjunction with YALSA’s 2018 YA Services Symposium in Salt Lake City, UT and take part in a virtual community of practice through the rest of the year.

At the conclusion of the project, tangible, turnkey resources such as templates for program planning and partner development will be freely available and ready for use by the library community at-large. Learn more about the project on our website.

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.

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