For immediate release | April 19, 2017

Langella to receive 2017 National Library Legislative Day Stipend

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), has chosen Peter Langella as a third recipient for its National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) Stipend in light of recent events regarding the ambiguous future of federal library funding.

The stipend, worth up to $1,000 and funded by Friends of YALSA, will allow Langella to attend National Library Legislative Day, which takes place May 1-2, 2017 in Washington, D.C. to help advocate for teens and libraries.

Langella is a librarian at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, VT, and an adjunct instructor of English at Johnson State College in Johnson. He is a member of ALA, AASL, YALSA, and the Vermont School Library Association.

“I'm very grateful for this opportunity to learn from the leaders of the national library conversation,” said Langella. “It is my hope to come away with strategies to help school and public libraries create a more unified voice in our advocacy efforts.”

To learn more about National Library Legislative Day and how you can participate in person or virtually, visit YALSA’s NLLD wiki page.

To learn more about Friends of YALSA, or to make a donation, please visit the Friends of YALSA page on the web site.

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)