Angela Leeper awarded YALSA’s 2020 National Library Legislative Day Travel Stipend

For Immediate Release
Tue, 02/25/2020


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has awarded Angela Leeper, Director of the Curriculum Materials Center at the University of Richmond in Virginia, its National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) Travel Stipend.

The stipend will provide up to $1,000 in travel funds for Leeper to attend NLLD for the first time. NLLD will take place May 4-5 in Washington D.C.

“As I help to support future educators in my role at the University of Richmond, I see the interconnectedness among libraries, education, and literacy on a daily basis. With the White House’s proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services and decrease funding for library-eligible education programs, it’s never been more vital to fight for libraries,” said Leeper. “I’m thrilled and honored to have this opportunity to learn more about legislative priorities for libraries and then use that knowledge to represent my fellow colleagues and advocate for library users across the country.”

The NLLD travel stipend is funded by Friends of YALSA. Each year, FOY funds are used to support over $15,095 in member scholarships, grants and stipends. To donate, please visit Applications for the next round of the NLLD travel stipend is open until Dec. 1, 2020. Learn more and apply.

Registration to attend National Library Legislative Day ends March 31. To learn more about National Library Legislative Day, please visit

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: