For immediate release | April 9, 2013

YALSA announces Excellence in Library Services to Young Adults 2012 Program Award Winners

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, selected 25 innovative teen programs to be featured at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference and included in a sixth edition of "Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults." These successful programs focus on addressing new or ongoing teen needs or interests in innovative or unique ways.

Each award will be presented to the applicant's institution for use with future teen programs and/or for the applicant’s travel to the 2013 conference to participate in the YALSA President’s Program.

“Congratulations to all of the winners! Each of these programs showcases the ingenuity and expertise of not just the librarians and library workers who created this fabulous programs, but also the interests and needs of teens who come into libraries every day,” says YALSA President Jack H. Martin. “I look forward to learning more about these during my President’s Program the 2013 Annual Conference.”

The top five programs will receive cash awards of $1000 each and include:

1. Gina Macaluso - iTNation at Pima County (Ariz.) Public Library

2. Andrea Sowers - Prom Fashion Show at Joliet (Ill.) Public Library

3. Rachel McDonald - Book Club at Foster & Skyway Libraries, King County (Wash.) Library System

4. Maureen Hartman - Be @ School at Your Library at Hennepin County (Minn.) Library

5. Kelly Czarnecki - Teen Fashion Apprentice at ImaginOn: Charlotte Mecklenburg (N.C.) Library

Twenty “best of the rest” programs will receive cash awards of $250 and are:

6. Angie Manfredi - Teen Tech Week Lock-In at Los Alamos County (N.M.) Library System

7. Jessica Fenster Sparber and Regan Schwartz - iPads With Incarcerated Youth at Passages Academy and Literacy for Incarcerated Teens (New York, N.Y.)

8. Emily Calkins - Slender Night at Milton (Mass.) Public Library

9. Cayce Hoffman - Teen Tech Triathalon at Baltimore County (Md.) Public Library

10. Sarah Bean Thompson - Teen/Child Collaboration at Springfield-Greene County (Mo.) Library

11. Marika Staloch – Createch at St. Paul (Minn.) Public Library

12 & 13. - Amy Boese - Teen Tech Summer Camp at Ramsey County Library – Maplewood (Minn.) and Ellie Davis - Zombie Walk/Prom at the Sweetwater County Library (green River, Wyo.)

14. Theresa Ramos and staff – Don’t Fall Down in the Hood at Free Library of Philadelphia (Pa.)

15. Courtney Lewis - The Night of Writing Dangerously at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School (Pa.)

16. Tom Spicer - DIY Service to Teens at Arlington Heights (Ill.) Memorial Library

17. Dawn Rutherford - Tech/Gadget/Gift Coaching Program at Sno-Isle Libraries (Marysville, Wash.)

18. Jeanne McDermott - Film screening for Teen Dating Violence Month at Amagansett Free Library (N.Y.)

19. Mirele Davis - Skype Encounters at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (Rockville, Md.)

20. Faythe Arredondo – TCL Teen at Tulare County (Calif.) Library

“We are excited to have our Tech Coaching program recognized as it embodies so much of what we love about our teens: their passion for technology; their thirst for meaningful volunteer opportunities; and their willingness to be actively involved in their local community,” Dawn Rutherford, Sno-Isle Libraries. “By recognizing this program, YALSA is helping us further celebrate our teens.”

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


Jaclyn Finneke

Communications Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association

1-800-545-2433 ext.2128