For immediate release | February 23, 2016

2016 Summer Teen Intern Grant recipients announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) has chosen 20 libraries to receive its 2016 Summer Teen Intern Grant.

The grant will allow libraries to hire teen interns to assist in the implementation of their summer learning programs, while also helping teens gain real world work experience, and develop professional skills. Each grant is worth $1,000. The grant is possible through the generous sponsorship from The Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The recipients are as follows:

  • Arredondo, Faythe; Tulare County Library; Visalia, California
  • Bahm, Barbara; Silver Lake (Kansas) Public Library
  • Bates, Julianne; Northumberland Public Library; Heathsville, Virginia
  • Bedley, Chelsea ; Kirkwood (Missouri) Public Library
  • Block, Donna; Niles (Illinois) Public Library District
  • Daniels, Stephanie; Hartford (Michigan) Public Library
  • Goldfarb, Joanna; Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library; Monticello, New York
  • Harsha, Sonya; Algona (Iowa) Public Library
  • Lynch, Elizabeth; Addison (Illinois) Public Library
  • March, Virginia ; Perry (Ohio) Public Library
  • Pamel, Diane; Southworth Library Association; Dryden, New York
  • Pituch, Rosalee; Rebecca M. Arthurs Memorial Library; Brookville, Pennsylvania
  • Poulson, Adrienne ; Republic (Kansas) Branch Library
  • Roach Bowen, Breana; Cabell County Public Library; Huntington, West Virginia
  • Smith, Heather; Eastern Lancaster County Library; New Holland, Pennsylvania
  • Summers-Gil, Holly; Charlotte (North Carolina) Mecklenburg Library
  • Tomsu, Lindsey; La Vista (Nebraska) Public Library
  • Viator, Van; Thibodaux (Louisiana) Public Library
  • Wallace, April; Pinson (Alabama) Public Library
  • Williams, Natalie; Indian Prairie Public Library; Darien, Illinois

To learn more about the grant and summer learning, please visit the Summer Learning website, an online space where educators, library workers and out-of-school-time providers can find and share helpful summer reading and learning resources.

For years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided Youth Literacy Grants to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations in hopes to provide assistance in implementing and expanding literacy programs for youth. For more information about Dollar General and its Youth Literacy Grants, visit

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)