For immediate release | December 22, 2015

Bowen and Richards awarded Margaret Edwards Trust Literacies Grant

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has selected Elizabeth Bowen and Jasmine Richards as the recipients of its Margaret Edwards Trust Literacies Grant.

Both Bowen and Richards will receive a $5,000 grant to use towards improving or expanding the services and programs it provides to help teens master text-based literacies.

Elizabeth Bowen is a Teen Services Librarian for the C. Burr Artz Public Library in Frederick, Maryland.

“The Frederick County Public Libraries is thrilled to receive the Margaret Edwards Literacies Grant,” said Bowen. “The funds will allow us to initiate several literacies based projects.” Bowden will use the funds to provide books to at-risk teens, regardless of whether or not they have a library card, and to create a Digital Youth Corps who will master the use of digital tools and then share their newly acquired knowledge with others.

Richards is a Technology Librarian at the Raceland (Louisiana) Branch of the Lafourche Parish Public Library.

“We are very grateful for this opportunity and excited to get started with programming!” said Richards. “The funding from the Margaret Edwards Literacies Grant will provide the Lafourche Parish Library System with the means to provide literacy programming that will assist the next generation with learning how to successfully navigate the online and print worlds of information.”

The Margaret Edwards Literacies Programming Grant is funded by the Margaret Edwards Trust, which aims to help build the capacity of libraries to connect teens to literature, especially teens from socio-economically challenged communities. To learn more about YALSA awards and grants, please visit YALSA’s Awards & Grants page.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and library staff 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)