For immediate release | February 11, 2014

YALSA names 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifetime Learners

PHILADELPHIA —The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifetime Learners list. Revised every five years, this list is intended as a tool for several audiences: students preparing for college, parents, educators and librarians. The 2014 list was produced by a YALSA committee made up of public and school librarians, in collaboration with academic librarians from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

The 201 list offers titles in five categories: Arts and Humanities, History and Cultures, Literature and Language Arts, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. The complete list can be found online at

Members of the 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners Committee are: Jennifer Rothschild, chair, Arlington County Public Library, Arlington Va.; Gladys Smiley Bell, Hampton University, Hampton, Va.; Katie Boyes, King County Library System, Kirkland, Wash.; Jennifer Brannen, Durham County Library, Durham, N.C.; Anna Brannin, St. Stanislaus College, Bay Saint Louis, Mo.; Robin Brenner, Brookline Public Library, Brookline, Mass.; Kimberly Copenhaver, Eckerd College, Saint Petersburg, Fla.; Franklin Escobedo, Oceanside Public Library, Oceanside, Calif.; Rebecca Jackson, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa; Kelly Jensen, Beloit Public Library, Beloit, Wis.; Ann Perrigo, Allegan District Library, Allegan, Mich.; Nora Quinlan, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Kathryn Richert, Downers Grove Public Library, Downers Grove, Ill.; Kathryn Salo, Melrose Park Public Library, Melrose Park, Ill..

YALSA’s portfolio of book and media awards helps strengthen library services for and with teens by identifying quality, age appropriate resources for librarians and library workers to share with the teens in their communities.

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 (YALSA)