YALSA to offer over $30,000 in grants and awards to members

Contact: Nichole Gilbert


For Immediate Release
August 25, 2006

YALSA to offer over $30,000 in grants and awards to members

CHICAGO -The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce over $30,000 worth of grants and awards available to YALSA members.
The deadline to apply for the following grants and awards is December 1, 2006.

  • Baker and Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants: The Baker and Taylor Company funds these grants. The two grants of $1,000 each are awarded to librarians who work directly with young adults in a public or school library to enable them to attend the Annual Conference for the first time.

  • BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant: Book Wholesalers, Inc. funds this grant that awards $1,000 for collection development to YALSA members who represent a public library, and who work directly with young adults ages 12 to 18.

  • The Sagebrush Award for a Young Adult Reading or Literature Program: This award is designed to honor a member(s) of the Young Adult Library Services Association who has developed an outstanding reading or literature program for young adults. The award provides a grant of $1,000 to support the winning member's attendance at the ALA Annual Conference. The award is made possible through an annual grant from the Sagebrush Book Company, a division of The American Companies.

  • Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant: This grant of $500 is to provide seed money for small-scale projects encouraging research that responds to the YALSA Research Agenda.
    Scarecrow Press funds this grant.

  • Great Book Giveaway Competition:
    Each year the YALSA office receives approximately 1,200 newly published children's, young adult and adult books, videos, CD's and audio cassettes for review. YALSA and the cooperating publishers are offering one year's worth of review materials as a contribution to a library in need.
    The estimated value of this collection is $25,000.

For nearly 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audiobooks for teens.
For more information about these awards or for additional lists of recommended reading, go to
For more information about YALSA, please contact us via e-mail,
yalsa@ala.org; or by phone at 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4390. For more information, including application instructions, please visit