Gronski wins student stipend for YALSA’s 2015 YA Services Symposium

For Immediate Release
Thu, 08/06/2015


Nichole O'Connor

Program Officer

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

CHICAGO – Izabel Gronski, a student at Syracuse University, has won the 2015 Young Adult Services Symposium student stipend from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

The stipend provides Gronski with up to $1,000 to attend the 2015 symposium, which will be held Nov. 6–8, at the Hilton Portland Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon.

 “I aim to develop opportunities for teenagers to engage with their community and to be directly involved in decision-making at the library,” Gronski wrote in her application.  “I continually strive to foster connections with teachers, school librarians, and community leaders to cultivate partnerships that will enable me to provide the best service possible for young adults.”

Gronski also explained, “I am especially excited that the Symposium has expanded to include Young Adult services as well as literature. I look forward to talking with new colleagues about teen services that go beyond literature and literacy, particularly ways to engage teens in the community.”

Marilyn P. Arnone, an associate professor at Syracuse University School of Information Studies, recommended Gronski for the stipend. She highlighted Gronski’s "understanding of motivation issues that are critical to facilitating learning and fostering a life-long love of literacy."

The Young Adult Literature Symposium will be held Nov. 6-8, at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon. The 2015 theme is “Bringing it All Together: Connecting Libraries, Teens & Communities.” To read program descriptions, find out how to reserve a hotel room, and see the full list of registration rates, visit Join the conversation online with the hashtag #yalsa15.

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, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or email,