2015 Summer Teen Intern Grant recipients announced

For Immediate Release
Tue, 02/24/2015


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen 20 libraries to receive its 2015 Summer Teen Intern grant.

The grant will allow libraries to hire teen interns to assist in the implementation of their summer reading/learning programs, while also helping teens gain real world work experience and develop professional skills. Each grant is worth $1,000.  The grant is possible through the generous sponsorship from The Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The recipients are as follows:

  • Alexandra Annen, Homer Township Public Library; Homer Glen, Illinois
  • Julianne Bates, Northumberland Public Library; Heathsville, Virginia
  • Donna Block, Niles (Illinois) Public Library District
  • Tiffany Boeglen, Charlotte (North Carolina) Mecklenburg Library;
  • Stephanie Charlefour, Wixom (Michigan) Public Library
  • Emily Childress-Campbell, The Public Library of Johnston County; Smithfield, North Carolina
  • Kim Farnsworth, Madelyn Helling Library; Nevada City, California
  • Tanya Finney Estrada, Waterford Township Public Library; Atco, New Jersey
  • Joanna Goldfarb, Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library; Monticello, New York
  • Jennifer King, Great Bend (Kansas) Public Library
  • Diane Loomis, Tuxedo (New York) Park Library
  • Melanie Lyttle, Madison (Ohio) Public Library
  • Chantell McDowell, Worcester (Massachusetts) Public Library
  • Alyssa Newton, Onondaga Free Library; Syracuse, New York
  • Stacey Ogea, Public Libraries of Saginaw (Michigan)
  • Olivia Olson, Troy (Michigan) Public Library
  • Janae Pitts-Murdock, Memphis (Tennessee) Public Library & Information Center
  • Jasmine Richard, Lafourche Parish Public Library - South Lafourche; Cut Off, Louisiana
  • Dan Thorson, Crete (Illinois) Public Library District
  • Robyn Vittek, St. Clairsville (Ohio) Public Library

To learn more about the grant and summer reading/learning, please visit the Summer Reading & Learning website, an online space where educators, library workers and out-of-school-time providers can find and share helpful summer reading and learning resources.

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 library staff 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.