Fifteen libraries chosen for YALSA’s YA Galley and Teens’ Top Ten Project

Stephanie Kuenn

YALSA Communications Specialist



For Immediate Release

August 26, 2008

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 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 30 participating publishers, in exchange for providing the publishers with important feedback.

The 15 libraries will also choose the nominees for the Teens’ Top Ten, in which teens nationwide voice their choice for their favorite books each year. This year’s vote will take place Oct. 12–18 at

The YA Galley libraries are:

  • Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA) Book Group, McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Me., advised by Brooke Faulkner
  • Bethesda Library Teen Reads, Bethesda (Md.) Library, advised by Kathie Weinberg
  • Bistro Book Club, Center for Adolescent Reading and Mesa County Valley School District, Grand Junction, Colo., advised by Diana Tixier Herald
  • The Bookmarks, Duxbury (Mass.) Free Library, advised by Ellen Snoeyenbos
  • Eva Perry Mock Printz Book Club for Teens, Eva Perry Regional Library, Apex, N.C., advised by Valerie H. Nicholson
  • Galley Review Group, Kalamazoo (Mich.) Public Library, advised by Karen Santamaria
  • Hunterdon Central Bookworms, Hunterdon Central Regional High School Library, Flemington, N.J., advised by Heather Hersey
  • Interesting Reader Society (IRS), Fort Collins (Colo.) Regional Library District , advised by Sue-Ellen Jones and Diane Tuccillo
  • Mountain View (Calif.) High School Book Club, advised by Benjamin Lundholm
  • Novelteens High School Book Club, San Leandro (Calif.) Main Library, advised by Kelly Keefer
  • Park Tudor Student Book Clubs, Park Tudor Upper School Library, Indianapolis, Ind., advised by Jane Kokotkiewicz
  • The Reading Group, Holcomb Bridge Middle School, Alpharetta, Ga., advised by Jeanne Auensen and Lucinda Rittenhouse
  • Teen Advisory Board, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Ind., advised by Mari Hardacre
  • Teens Know “Best”, Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center and the St. Paul Public Library Dayton’s Buff Branch, St. Paul. Minn., advised by Adela Peskorz
  • Trails Teens, Kansas City Public Library Trails West Branch, Independence, Mo., advised by Crystal Faris and Amanda Barnhart

The YA Galley Committee chooses new groups every two years. YALSA's YA Galley Committee is Chair Katie Klein, Joy Davis, Michael Fleming, Karen Klapperstuck, Kelly Lasher, Carole Spann and Lindsey Dunn.

Publishers interested in participating in the YA Galley Project can contact Nichole Gilbert, YALSA program officer, for more information at or 1 –(800) 545-2433, ext. 4387.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audiobooks 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 at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4390, or by email at