For immediate release | September 8, 2014

Teen Bloggers for 2014 Teen Read Week™ Blogging Contest announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the teen winners of its first ever Teen Read Week Blogging Contest. Thirty-one teens were selected from a pool of sixty-one applicants.

Thirty-one teens will blog about various young adult literature topics throughout the month of October on YALSA’s young adult literature focused blog, The Hub in celebration of Teen Read Week, which will be celebrated this year from Oct. 12 - 18.

The teen bloggers are as follows:

  • Bozorgmehri, Nedda
  • Boivin, Sara
  • Browning, Raelyn
  • Brunn, Abby
  • Burnett, Destiny
  • Cano, Jacqueline
  • Carroll, Rachel
  • Cavicchi, Bella
  • Celestine, Kaiszia
  • Chalamgari, Anjalika
  • Delaney, Morgan
  • Doehner, Megan
  • Finfer, Alyssa
  • Flaig, Saraya
  • Gomez, Dessi
  • Goodlett, Ryan
  • Gorlinski, Lana
  • Harris, Justin
  • Harris, Natalie
  • Hendrickson, Abigail
  • Hernandez, Karina
  • Hoang, Thien-Kim
  • Hussen, Zeinab
  • Khaleq, Summer
  • Kilroy, Courtney
  • Luyen, Sharlena
  • Mabes, Timber
  • Massey, KT
  • Rao, Rashika
  • Williams, Ellie
  • Yoelin, Amy

The teen bloggers will work closely with The Hub’s advisory board members to create riveting, relevant content that they hope other teens and young adult literature enthusiasts will enjoy. Blog topics range from broad issues like the need for diverse teen literature to more targeted, specific topics such as revisiting a favorite childhood novel as a young adult and one’s love for reviewing books and its effect on their reading experience.

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. Join the online discussion with the hashtag #TRW14. To learn more about Teen Read Week, please visit

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,


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)