For immediate release | December 27, 2011

Last chance to apply for summer reading and teen internship grants from YALSA and Dollar General

CHICAGO — Librarians seeking funding for summer reading programs aimed at teens or to hire teen interns to support summer reading programs can apply for one of two grants distributed by YALSA and funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Applications are due Jan. 1 for:

YALSA encourages innovative proposals that are inclusive of underserved teen populations, including but not limited to teens with disabilities and teens who speak English as a second language.

Applications for both programs, as well as rules, guidelines and a sample budget form, are available at Individual library branches within a larger system are welcome to apply. Applications are due Jan. 1, 2012. Recipients will be announced in early February.

To apply, applicants must:

  • be a personal member of YALSA
  • live within 20 miles of a Dollar General store (check and see if your state is eligible at
  • plan to offer a summer reading program for teens in your library

Questions can be sent to Letitia Smith, YALSA’s membership coordinator, at or 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audio books for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail,


Stephanie Kuenn