For immediate release | August 15, 2017

YALSA’s 2017 Top Ten Summer Learning Programs announced

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its list of 2017 Top Ten Summer Learning Programs from its Teen Programming HQ contest.

The top ten are:

  1. TechStyles submitted by Aubrey Gerhardt; Otto Bruyns Public Library; Northfield, NJ
  2. Teen Summer Internship submitted by Elizabeth Lynch; Addison (Illinois) Public Library
  3. Robots Build a Better World submitted by Ricky Statham; Oneonta (Alabama) Public Library
  4. Raspberry Pi ad Codrone submitted by Kate Chalman; Charles Ralph Holland Memorial Library; Gainesboro, TN
  5. Summer Reading Intern submitted by Sonya Harsha; Algona (Iowa) Public Library
  6. Adulting 101 submitted by Elizabeth Lilley; Pope County Library System; Russelville, AR
  7. Summer of Service submitted by Stephanie Herrman; Union Parish Library; Farmerville, LA
  8. Open Minds: Competitions in the Library Makerspace submitted by Sara Frey; Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School; Plymouth Meeting, PA
  9. Recycled Tech for Teens submitted by Cat Mullen; Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Public Library
  10. 3D Printer Clubs & Student Leadership Opportunities submitted by Pamela Jayne; Boone County Public Library; Burlington, KY

Each winner will receive a gift pack of YALSA books and swag. The recipient of the $50 Amazon gift card, who was chosen randomly from all entrants of the contest, is Donna Bishop.

Entries were submitted via YALSA’s teen programming site, Teen Programming HQ.

YALSA’s Teen Programming HQ is a free, one-stop shop for library staff to find and share program ideas and to network with one another around issues related to planning, implementing and evaluating library programs for and with teens. The site aims to promote best practices in programming by featuring user-submitted programs that align with YALSA’s Teen Programming Guidelines and Futures Report.

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)