YALSA, WWE® announce WrestleMania Reading Challenge Grant Program Recipients

For Immediate Release
Mon, 09/08/2014

Contact:

Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

alam@ala.org

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association, in partnership with WWE, awarded grants to Lorely Ambriz, Montserrat Inglada and James Klipa to help each individual enrich their library’s literacy programs and collection, as part of WWE’s WrestleMania Reading Challenge Grant Program.

Ambriz, Inglada, and Klipa were chosen based on their outstanding integration of the 2014 WrestleMania Reading Challenge into their existing literacy programs. Each recipient has received a grant worth $5,000 each to help implement their literacy programs, as well as enhance their current tween/teen book collection.

Recipient Lorely Ambriz is a librarian at the Jenna Welch & Laura Bush Community Library located in El Paso, Texas. Since receiving the grant, Ambriz was able to enhance the teen literacy programs at her library with the addition of digital resources, as well as enlarge their teen collection with over 150 new titles.

“The books acquired through this grant will greatly strengthen our teen collection and the mobile devices will reinforce the knowledge base and technology skills of our teens,” said Lorely Ambriz.

Recipient James Klipa is a school librarian at the West Mifflin (Pa.) Area Middle School and has since used the grant to purchase an array of fiction and nonfiction titles, as well as start an e-book collection in hopes of attracting more teen patrons. 

“This [WrestleMania Reading Challenge Grant] program has been a valuable tool to allow that to happen. [It] will allow our library to begin to transition to more technological resources for the 21st century learner, said Klipa. “On behalf of the West Mifflin Area Middle School students and staff, I would like to thank YALSA and the WWE for providing the program that could make that happen!”

Lastly, recipient Montserrat Inglada is a teen services librarian at the Whiting Public Library located in Whiting, Ind. With the grant funds, Inglada has been able to offer a plethora of new and fun programs to her library’s teen patrons.

“I want to thank YALSA and the WWE for this wonderful grant. We have been able to offer our young adults a variety of fun programs that have allowed them to learn, be creative, and make friends,” said Inglada. “We also had an amazing book challenge and an Awesome Harry Potter Week. The next big program that we are working is a Doctor Who challenge, which will be a great way to involve reading, science and art all in one program!”

For more information on YALSA’s participation in the WrestleMania Reading Challenge please visit www.ala.org/wrestlemania.

About WWE’S Corporate Social Responsibility

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About WWE

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About YALSA

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 e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.