Paterson awarded Books for Teens Grant

For Immediate Release
Wed, 11/04/2015


Nichole O'Connor

Program Officer

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

CHICAGO — Seale Paterson, branch manager, and Elizabeth Granzow, library associate at the New Orleans Public Library, were awarded a Books for Teens Grant, administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Paterson and Granzow will receive a grant worth $1,000, donated by YALSA, with the purpose of empowering teens to achieve more by providing them with free age-appropriate books that are both high quality and new.

The winners will use the funds to purchase books for students at the Youth Study Center of New Orleans, which operates as a detention center for Orleans Parish youth waiting trial for delinquent offense charges. 

“While the students at the study center are busy with school work and counseling, they do have free time every day,” Paterson said in her application. "A library with books of interest to these teens would allow them to learn and grow and give their time in custody a productive purpose."

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.

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.

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 e-mail: