YALSA announces winners of Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults Project

Contact: Nichole Gilbert



For Immediate Release

August 2003

YALSA announces winners of Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults Project

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has awarded 25 outstanding programs for Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults Project.
Initiated by ALA Past President Hardy Franklin in 1993, this is the fourth time libraries have been recognized by the project.The top five programs receive a stipend of $1,000 each.
The next 20 winners receive $250 each.
In addition to the monetary award, all 25 winners will be included in the fourth edition of “Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults,” to be published by YALSA in spring 2004.
Several winners will be featured in a program at the 2004 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.

“The quality of applications for this project was very impressive,” said YALSA President Audra Caplan.
“The winners are representative of the very best young adult programming across the nation.
These programs are varied in content, format and cost; the common denominator is a commitment to youth participation and providing relevant service to teens.
The YALSA Executive Board congratulates all of the winners.”

Applications were judged on the degree to which the program/service meets the needs of its community, particularly the young adult audience it serves; originality; quality; the degree to which the program or service reflects the concepts identified in “The New Directions for Library Service to Young Adults”; and the degree to which it impacts and improves service to young adults.

The top five programs, in alphabetical order, are:

Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore – Community Youth Corps

Flint (Mich.) Public Library – Love and Sex:
Making Choices

Franklin County Public Library, Eastpoint, Fla. – Tigers

New York (N.Y.) Public Library – Langston Hughes:
A Season on Staten Island

Queens Borough (N.Y.) Public Library – Teen Empowerment Project

The 20 Best of the Rest are:

·Austin (Texas) Public Library – Wired for Youth

·Berkeley (Calif.) Public Library – Earphone English

·Cleveland Heights – University Heights (Ohio) Public Library – Job Shadow Day

·Coshocton (Ohio) Public Library – Coshocton Public Library TAB

·Duxbury (Mass.) Public Library – South Shore Video Contest

·Flint (Mich.) Public Library – Teen Productions

· Foothills Branch Library, Glendale, Ariz. – Teen Time Special

·Francis W. Parker School, Chicago – The Zine Project

·Fresno (Calif.) Public Library – Teen Parent Program

·Kearns (Utah) Public Library/Salt Lake County Library Services – Kearns Library Teen Program

Kettering Moraine Branch, Dayton (Ohio) Metro Library – Japanese Anime Advisory Board

Laramie County Library System, Cheyenne, Wyo. – Home Pages Home School Book Club

Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library and Floyd High School Library, Mastic Beach, N.Y. – Relax.Read. Book Blitz

Montgomery County Public Library, Silver Spring, Md. – Teen2Teen:
Book Recommendations by Teens4Teens

·Naperville (Ill.) Public Library – Young Adult Summer Reading Program

·Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, Co. – Xtreme

·Pleasant Valley High School and Robert W. Cranston Library, Chico, Calif. – Poetry Alive!

·San Joaquin Valley Library System, Fresno, Calif. – Young Adult Services Institute

·Upper Arlington (Ohio) Public Library – Library Services for Teens with Special Needs

·Wadsworth (Ohio) Public Library – Think Green!
Find Your Fortune

The Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust has funded the Excellence in Library Service to Young Adults Project.
Edwards was a well-known and innovative young adult services librarian at the Enoch Pratt Free Library for more than 30 years.

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