For immediate release | May 17, 2012

YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation award grants to 40 Libraries

Grants to fund summer internships for teens at libraries

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the winners of its Teen Summer Internship Program Grants, which are funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Forty libraries are receiving $1,000 to help fund summer internships for teens.

“YALSA is pleased to work with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to offer internships to teens at the library,” said Sarah Flowers, YALSA president. “It is a pleasure to be able to offer teens an opportunity to participate in the work our amazing members do.”

“Introducing students to the opportunities available at the library is an investment in the future of our libraries,” said Denine Torr, Dollar General’s director of community initiatives. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support the teen summer internship program, which gives libraries extra help and teens hands-on experience at their local library.”

The recipients of the Teen Summer Internship Program Grants are:

  • Aleck Williams, Colleton County (S.C.) Memorial Library
  • Andrea Smalley, Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library/St. Joseph (Mich.) Public Library
  • Barbara Mease, Greenwich Branch - Gloucester County (N.J.) Library
  • Candace Ushery, DeKalb County (Ga.) Public Library, Salem Panola Branch
  • Cathy McMahon, Sump Memorial Library, Papillion, Neb.
  • Claire Ritz Matthews, Algonquin Area Public Library, Algonquin, Ill.
  • Daniel Tackett, North Shelby Library, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Debbie Laffond, Pelham (N.H.) Public Library
  • Diane Colson, Palm Harbor (Fla.) Library
  • Donna Block, Niles (Ill.) Public Library District
  • Elizabeth Seeskin, Crete (Ill.) Public Library
  • Erin Steinsultz, Benton (Ill.) Public Library
  • Heather W. Smith, Eastern Lancaster County (Pa.) Library
  • Jacqui Milliern , Mitchell (Ind.) Community Public Library
  • Janki Makecha, Leander (Texas) Public Library
  • Jennifer C. Segner, Cloverdale High School, Cloverdale, Ind.
  • Jennifer Gallant, Elyria (Ohio) Public Library - West River Branch
  • Jennifer Schureman, Gloucester County (N.J.) Library System/Mullica Hill Branch
  • Joan Sveinsson, The Colony (Texas) Public Library
  • Juanita Kamalipour, Esperanza Acosta Moreno Regional Library, El Paso, Texas
  • Karen Keys, Queens Library - Long Island City, N.Y.
  • Kelli Brazier, Athens-Limestone (Ala.) Public Library
  • Laura Moran, Western Sullivan (N.Y.) Public Library
  • Marcia Stiller, Corry (Pa.) Public Library
  • Melanie Lyttle, Madison (Ohio) Public Library
  • Melissa Rader, Delafield (Wis.) Public Library
  • Michele Gorman & Chantell McDowell, Charlotte Mecklenburg (N.C.) Library
  • Monica Harris and Rebecca Malinowski, Oak Park (Ill.) Public Library
  • Nell Redhage, Washington (Mo.) Public Library
  • Patricia Van Arsdale, Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library
  • Robert Eckmann, Cook Memorial Public Library District, Libertyville, Ill.
  • Rosalee Pituch, Rebecca M. Arthurs Memorial Library,Brookville, Pa.
  • Samantha Marker, Mount Laurel (N.J.) Library
  • Sandra Solomon, St. Martin Parish, Lafayette, La.
  • SarahEllen Hickel and Jenna Kosky, Hebron Public Library & Valparaiso Public Library, both part of the Porter County (Ind.) Public Library System
  • Stephanie Wilkes, Ouachita Parish Public Library, Monroe, La.
  • Tammy Mulhearn, Livingston Parish (La.) Library
  • Teresa Carlton, Swedesboro (N.J.) Library Branch/GCLS

About Dollar General`

Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with 10,000 stores in 40 states. Dollar General stores provide convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy and education. Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $71.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.1 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about Dollar General, visit


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