For immediate release | May 27, 2016

2016 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway Recipients announced

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the recipients of its 2016 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

A total of 40 recipients were selected to receive a set of the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten nominees through the generous funding from The Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The nominee list is comprised of 26 teen acclaimed young adult titles ranging from a multitude of different genres.

The recipients of the giveaway are as follows:

  • Blaeser, Emily. Meinders Community Library; Pipestone, MN
  • Brasfield, Amanda. Findlay (Ohio) High School
  • Dixon, Taneka. Pine Mountain Regional Library System; Manchester, GA
  • Frank, Barbara. Waco (Texas)McLennan County Library
  • Freeman, Annelise. Indio (California) High School (California)
  • Gangnath, Erika. Brookhurst Junior High School Library; Anaheim, CA
  • Gordon, Patricia. Eastside High School Library; Paterson, NJ
  • Hall, Steven. Russell J. Ribb Library; Fullerton, CA
  • Henderson, Magi. Glen Carbon (Illinois) Centennial Library District
  • Hurdle, Lynndy. Oxford (Mississippi) High School Library
  • James, Page. Greeley (Colorado) Central High School Library
  • Josef, Melissa. Chichester High School; Boothwyn, PA
  • Klein, Katie. Lake Region High School Library; Naples, ME
  • Lofy, Mary. African American Research Library & Cultural Center - Broward County Libraries; Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • London, Patricia. Avon (Massachusetts) Middle High School Library
  • Loy, Heather. Wagener-Salley High School (South Carolina); Wagener, SC
  • Mayfield, Pattie. Bertha Voyer Memorial Library; Honey Grove, TX
  • McMahon, Robert. Oshkosh (Wisconsin) North High School
  • Morehart, Lis Ann. Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library; Shelbyville, TN
  • Moylan, Lynda. Peabody (Massachusetts) Veterans Memorial High School
  • Ojserkis, Amy. Atlantic County Institute of Technology; Mays Landing, NJ
  • Otis, Emily. Anaheim (California) Public Library - Central Branch
  • Owen, Sarah. Coffeyville (Kansas) Public Library
  • Paley, Susan. Ferndale (Michigan) Public Library
  • Pasche, Stacy. Benzie Shores District Library; Frankfort, MI
  • Pickett, Amy. Ridley High School Library; Folsom, PA
  • Riggs, Lisa. Hutto (Texas) Public Library
  • Rohrbach, Margaret. Atlantic Technical College and Technical High School; Coconut Creek, FL
  • Rowland, Rebecca. Springfield (Massachusetts) Central High School Library
  • Roy, Leslie. Maury High School Library; Norfolk, VA
  • Shirley, Dickey. Clear Lake High School; Houston, TX
  • Stewart, Heather. Johnsburg (Illinois) Public Library
  • Strauss, Elizabeth. Dover (Ohio) Public Library
  • Tarr, Kelly. Chicopee (Massachusetts) High School Library
  • Torralbas, Grisel. Hialeah (Florida) Public Libraries
  • Wasney, Kerilynn. Romulus (New York) Central School Secondary Library
  • Welz, Krista. North Bergen (New Jersey) High School Media Center
  • Williams, Jennifer. Martinsville (Illinois) Jr.-Sr. High School
  • Williams, Kara. Hillcrest High School; Country Club Hills, IL
  • Worrix, Hillary. Fleming County Public Library; Flemingsburg, KY

With these Teens’ Top Ten titles, libraries can further enrich their young adult materials collection and encourage the teens in their community to practice positive reading habits.

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominations are posted in April on the Thursday of National Library Week, and YALSA wants libraries to encourage teens across the country to read the titles over the summer so they are ready to vote on their favorite titles between August 15 and the close of Teen Read Week™, October 15.

For more information, ideas, and resources for libraries to use to incorporate the Teens’ Top Ten into summer reading/learning programs, download the free Teens’ Top Ten Toolkit.

A digital image of a Teens’ Top Ten seal for nominated titles is available to publishers for licensing. Arrangements can be made through ALA's Rights and Permissions office for publishers who need permission to reproduce the seal on a paperback edition or book jacket. Contact or Mary Jo Bolduc, (312) 280-5416 or (312) 944-8741 (fax) for information.

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

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. 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)