For immediate release | June 19, 2012

Applications due July 1 for YALSA’s Dollar General Literacy Foundation Teen Read Week™ Grants

CHICAGO — Through funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, YALSA will offer 10 $1,000 grants to recognize outstanding Teen Read Week activities from its members!

Applicants must plan and present an outline for a Teen Read Week activity that is coordinated by a library. The activity must be open to all teens (12-18 years old). 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.

Individual library branches within a larger system are welcome to apply. Applications are due July 1, 2012. Recipients will be announced the week of Aug. 6, 2012.

To determine eligibility, applicants must answer yes to the following questions:

  • Is your activity organized through a library?
  • Is your program open to all teens in the community?
  • Do you work directly with teens?
  • Are you a personal member of YALSA?
  • Is your library within 20 miles of a Dollar General store? Find out at Dollar General's Store Locator.

Applicants who answer yes to all of these questions can visit the Teen Read Week website and download the official application and sample budget. Both should be submitted in the application.

Questions? Contact or call 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390.

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of more than 5,200 librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens. Learn more by visiting us online at, liking us on Facebook at, following us on Twitter at, or contacting us at or 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390.

Related Links

Teen Read Week Website

Teen Read Week Grants from YALSA and Dollar General Literacy Foundation


Stephanie Kuenn

Stephanie Kuenn Web Services Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

1-800-545-2433, ext. 2128