Connecticut school library receives a ton of library materials from YALSA's Great Book Giveaway

Contact: Nichole Gilbert



For Immediate Release

January 17, 2006

Connecticut school library receives a ton of library materials from YALSA’s Great Book Giveaway

CHICAGO - The Barbara Chace Library at the Forman School in Litchfield, Conn. is the winner of the 10th annual Great Book Giveaway, and will receive literally a “ton” of young adult and adult books, videos, CDs and audiocassettes. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), sponsors the contest consisting of items publishers and producers donated to YALSA in 2005. The estimated value of the collection is approximately $25,000.

The Forman School is an independent, non-profit institution that serves students in grades 9 – 12 with learning disabilities who plan to attend college. Many students attend this co-educational boarding and day schoolthanks totheir local public school systems which,although unable to provide the individualized support for their learning differences, do provide the tuition to enable their students to attend the Forman School.

When told the news about winning the books, Librarian Erin Barker said, “I am honored and ecstatic to benefit from the Great Book Giveaway, which will help revitalize our library by bringing our collection more in line with the interests and needs of contemporary young adults. The award will go far to make Chace Library a welcoming, exciting resource for Forman students to explore the world around them as it is seen by today’s writers and scholars.”

In the winning application Barker stated, “Audio books, video recordings, and other non-print materials included in the award would bolster the library’s appeal to our reading-impaired students, while the award’s print materials would attract the attention of and inspire those students who have found our library’s limited book offerings unappealing.”

“All of us on the Executive Committee of YALSA look forward to receiving and then judging these applications to select the school or public library that not only has the greatest need for these materials, but seems able to put them to the best use,” said YALSA President Pam Spencer Holley. “The Barbara Chase Library will not only be able to serve their students, but also other students in Connecticut schoolsthrough the reQuest interlibrary loan program ofthe State Library. For each of us, it’s a reminder that not all libraries are well endowed or well funded; yet librarians are doing fantastic jobs in less-than-ideal conditions.”

The application form and information for next year’s Great Book Giveaway are available on the YALSA Web site,
Applications and supporting materials must be received in the YALSA office by December 1, 2006. For more information contact the YALSA office, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail:

YALSA is the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audiobooks for teens. On January 23 at the Youth Media Awards Press Conference at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting, YALSA will announce the 2006 winners of its three literary awards: the Alex Awards for adult books with teen appeal; the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime contribution to young adult literature; and the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature. For more information about these awards or for additional lists of recommended reading, go to