YALSA names new libraries to participate in Young Adult Galley and Teen's Top Ten Project

Contact: Nichole Gilbert
Program Officer


For Immediate Release
July 25, 2006

YALSA names new libraries to participate

in Young Adult Galley and Teens' Top Ten Project

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of The American Library Association (ALA), has selected 15 public libraries and school library media centers from across the country to participate in YALSA's Young Adult (YA) Galley/Teens' Top Ten Project.

YA Galley is an ongoing project in which publishers of young adult books provide copies of their recent titles to teen book discussion groups in libraries. In exchange, teen readers evaluate books for the publishers. The selected libraries will receive review and galley copies of new young adult titles from the more than 20 participating publishers, in exchange for providing the publishers with important feedback.

The 15 libraries are divided into two project groups: 10 libraries receive galleys and review copies for their own use and five libraries have the additional task of acting as nominators for the Teens' Top Ten (TTT) list of the best new books for young adults. Teens from those five libraries are responsible for creating a national list of new titles that is voted on by teens during YALSA's Teen Read Week, held in October each year.
This year's vote will take place from October 15-21, 2006 online at

The YA Galley committee is pleased to announce the five TTT voting groups to serve for the next two years:

  • City Library YA Galley Group of Salt Lake City (Utah) Public Library, advised by Brooke Young and Julie Bartel
  • Danbury Library Teen Council of Danbury (Conn.) Library, advised by Dymphna Harrigan
  • Elizabeth (N.J.) Public Library's Teen Book Discussion Group, advised by Kimberly Paone
  • Keene (N.H.) Public Library's Keene Teen Reads Group, advised by Gail Zachariah
  • Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC)/ Blue Valley North Book Club of Johnson County Library in Shawnee Mission, Kan., advised by Tricia Suellentrop

The 10 non-voting YA Galley groups, who will receive advance copies of young adult books from publishers to use for book discussion and other projects, are:

  • Allegan (Mich.) High School Galley Group, advised by Ed Spicer
  • Best Books for Young Adults Book Group of McArthur Public Library and Biddeford (Maine) High School, advised by Sally Leahey, Vicky Smith and Margaret McNamee
  • Campbell County High School Book and Media Club of the Campbell County High School Library in Alexandria, Ky., advised by Christina L. Board
  • R.E.A.D. (Raging Eager Adolescents Devouring Books) of the Neill Public Library, Pullman, Wash., advised by Katrina Paxton
  • Strasburg High School Teen Council of the Strasburg (Va.) High School Media Center, advised by Clarisse Bushman
  • Teen Advisory Board of the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Public Library, advised by Karen Santamaria and Kevin King
  • Teens Know "Best": Best Books for Young Adults of Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center and the St. Paul (Minn.) Public Library, advised by Adela Peskorz
  • TeensRead of the South Huntington (N.Y.) Public Library, advised by Janet Scherer
  • Teen Reading Club of the George L. Campbell Library in Phoenix, Ariz., advised by Amy Fiske
  • The Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem (N.Y.), advised by Felice Piggott

Teens across the country are encouraged to vote for their favorite young adult books via the Internet during Teen Read Week, October 15 - 21, 2006.
Each voter will choose three personal favorites from among the 22 titles that were nominated by last year's YA Galley Groups. Visit
to print out the list of 22 nominated titles and to find out how to get teens involved in the nationwide vote.

The YA Galley Committee chooses new groups every two years. YALSA's YA Galley Committee members include Edith Cummings, chair; Annie Bergeron; Betsy Fraser; Julie Narasky Hall; Lynn Kaminski; Diane Monnier; Sydna Wexler; and consultant Sharyn November.

For further information on YA Galley and the Teens' Top Ten project, visit the YALSA Teen Reading Web site at
www.ala.org/teenread, or call 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4390.

For nearly 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audio books for teens.
For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to
, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: