Hones, Murphy awarded Books for Teens Grants

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/23/2015


Nichole O'Connor

Program Officer

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO — Kay Hones, librarian at the Civic Center Secondary School in San Francisco and Amanda Murphy, Youth Services assistant manager at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library in Ohio, were each awarded a Books for Teens Grant, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Each recipient will be awarded a grant worth $1,000, donated by YALSA, with the purpose to empower teens to achieve more by providing them with free, age-appropriate books that are both high quality and new. The grant recipients are YALSA members who work directly with young adults ages 12–18.

Hones will use the funds to purchase books for students at the Civic Center Secondary School, which provides education for teens who are truant, homeless, pregnant, suspended or expelled.

“Books selected and purchased for the teen book club will be of high interest and can be shared with friends,” Hones said in her application. "When our students visit our library, they have been gaining interest and confidence to request new titles and this program will help teens create a ‘home’ library!"

 Murphy’s goal is to purchase books to give to teens during Family Book Day, an annual literacy event held at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library.

“While originally focused on early literacy, over the years Family Book Day has grown to include activities for youth of all ages,” Murphy said in her application. “By providing teens with free, high quality, new, and age-appropriate books, we will not only promote reading, but also help to increase literacy and other educational skills, and, consequentially, help to empower them to achieve their goals.

The 2015 Books for Teens Grant Jury members are: Chair Nicole Scherer, Fairfield (Connecticut) Public Library, Alexis Hardy, University of Washington Information School; Amanda Lindsay, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, Georgia; Elizabeth Saxton; and Melissa Smith.

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 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 email, yalsa@ala.org.