2014 Teen Read Week™ grant recipients announced

For Immediate Release
Tue, 07/29/2014


Anna Lam

Program Coordinator

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 2014 Teen Read Week Activity Grant.

The grant was generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and was awarded to 10 libraries to help fund its Teen Read Week activities. Each grant is worth $1,000. Recipients of the grant were selected based on the overall impact, need and cohesiveness of the literacy-based program ideas exemplified in their applications.

The recipients of the grant are as follows:

  • Blair, Jennifer; Covina (Calif.) Public Library
  • Brunkhorst, Sara; Lemont (Ill.) Public Library District
  • Dodsworth, Ellen; Eastern Senior High School; Washington D.C.
  • Kuni, Kayla; New Port Richey (Fla.) Public Library
  • Newton, Alyssa; Onondaga Free Library; Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Owen, Sarah; Coffeyville (Kan.) Public Library
  • Payne-Brunson, Natasha; Richmond (Va.) Public Library
  • Stewart, Heather; Johnsburg (Ill.) Public Library
  • Sweany, Rachel; Louisville (Ohio) Public Library
  • Zachariah, Gail; Keene (N.H.) Public Library

This year, Teen Read Week will take place from Oct. 12 -18, 2014 with the theme of Turn Dreams into Reality @ your library. Official Teen Read Week products are available for purchase through the ALA Store.  Products include themed poster, bookmark, 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 during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.  Join the online discussion with the hashtag #TRW14.

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.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.  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 email, yalsa@ala.org.