2015 Teens’ Top Ten Book Groups announced

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/16/2014

Contact:

Nichole O’Connor

Program Officer

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

noconnor@ala.org

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected 15 public and school libraries from across the country to serve as official book groups for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a booklist created entirely by and for teens.  These 15 groups will nominate books published in a calendar year to create the official Teens’ Top Ten nominations. Then, teen voters across the country cast ballots for their favorites, creating the Teens’ Top Ten. Final nominations for the 2015 Teens’ Top Ten vote will be posted on Celebrate Teen Literature Day, April 16 at www.ala.org/teenstopten

In addition to creating the official Teens’ Top Ten nominations, the groups also evaluate books for publishers.  More than 30 publishers provide advanced reading copies to teen book discussion groups in libraries and in exchange, teen readers evaluate them.

The 2015-2016 official book groups begin their terms in January 2015. They are:

  • Allen County Public Library Teen Advisory Board, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, advised by Mari Hardacre and Katie Jacobs
  • ABC- Anna Book Club, Anna (Ohio) Middle and High School, advised by Melissa Rivera
  • CCHS YA Galley Group, Concord-Carlisle (Massachusetts) Regional High School, advised by Robin Cicchetti
  • Hagaman Teen Advisory Group (HTAG), Hagaman Memorial Library, East Haven, Connecticut, advised by Sarah Mallory
  • LPL Teen Book Club, Lawrence (Kansas) Public Library, advised by Molly Wetta
  • Masconomet Middle School, Masconomet Regional Middle School Boxford, Massachusetts, advised by Diane Green
  • Mount Carmel Academy Book Club, Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans, advised by Terri Rousey and Tracey Couret
  • PCTI Book Club, Passaic County Technical Institute, Wayne, New Jersey, advised by Claire Houghton-Kiel
  • Read, Read, and Read Some More, Milton (Vermont) Middle School and High School, advised by Owen McDermott
  • Reader's Forum & Lit Chat, Katz Library/ Horace Mann School, Bronx, New York, advised by Rachael Ricker
  • SMFHS Book Club, Stow-Munroe Falls (Ohio) Public Library and Stow-Munroe Falls High School, advised by Christina Getrost
  • Teen Book Posse, TAB, and Q Club, Kitsap Regional Library, Bainbridge Island, Washington, advised by Stefanie Graen
  • Teens Know Best, Metropolitan State University and St. Paul (Minnesota) Public Library, advised by Marika Staloch
  • Volunteer Reading Club, Clarksville (Tennessee) High School, advised by Beth Frerking
  • YA Gotta Read This!, Charlotte (NC) Mecklenburg Library - North County Regional Library and Lake Norman Charter School, Huntersville, (NC), advised by Molly Collins and Anne Tonissen

YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Task Force chooses new groups every two years.  This year’s members are: Chair Stacy Holbrook, Morgan Brickey, Stephanie Charlefour, Amy R. Gillespie, Karen Kayir, Dr. Karin Perry, and Ramona Price.

For more information on the Teens’ Top Ten, including previous winners and tools for teachers and librarians, please visit www.ala.org/teenstopten.

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.