CHICAGO — Jodi Krahnke, young adult librarian at the Ypsilanti District Library’s Michigan Avenue Branch in Michigan and Cari Rérat, teen librarian at the Joplin Public Library in Missouri, were each awarded a Books for Teens Grant, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).
Each receives a grant of $1,000, donated by YALSA, to empower teens to achieve more by providing them with free high quality, new, age-appropriate books. The grant recipients are YALSA members who work directly with young adults ages 12–18.
Krahnke will use the grant to purchase books to give away as library card registration incentives and for the library’s monthly teen book club.
“Books selected and purchased for the teen book club will be of high interest to teens so they will be passed onto club members’ friends,” Krahnke said in her application. “In contrast, books interlibrary loaned for book club are returned to another city at the end of the month and only impact one reader in our community.”
Rérat’s goal is to partner with the Jasper County (Mo.) Juvenile Detention Center and update the center’s library.
“By working closely with the Jasper County Juvenile Detention Center, we will be able to purchase reading materials to fit the informational and recreational reading needs of the teens in the detention center,” Rérat said. “Materials will be age appropriate and cater to the juvenile’s reading level. Spanish materials will also be sought after for Spanish-speaking teens.”
The 2013 Books for Teens Grant Jury members are: Chair Amanda L.S. Murphy, Warren-Trumbull County (Ohio) Public Library; Julie Benolken, Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove Heights, Minn; Joshua Carlson, Utica (N.Y.) Public Library; Amanda Lindsay, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, Ga.; and Nicole Scherer, Fairfield (Conn.) Public Library.
Books for Teens’ mission is to empower the nation’s at-risk teens to achieve more by providing them with free high quality, new, age-appropriate books. Funds raised through Books for Teens will be distributed to institutions in communities with a high level of poverty, where librarians and library workers will purchase and distribute new books, encourage teens to get library cards and provide teens with reading-focused events and activities.
For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audiobooks for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.