YALSA names Teen Tech Week™ Mini Grants winners

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

YALSA Communications Specialist

(312) 280-2128



For Immediate Release

February 24, 2009

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the winners of its 20 Teen Tech Week Mini Grants. The grants, funded by the Verizon Foundation, give each winning library $450 cash and $50 worth of official Teen Tech Week products to offer inventive activities, resources and services to celebrate Teen Tech Week, March 8-14.

The 2009 Teen Tech Week Mini Grants are made possible by the Verizon Foundation.

The 20 winners are:

  • Catherine Andronik, Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk, Conn.
  • Linda Archetto, Cranston (R.I.) Public Library
  • Mia Cabana, West Springfield (Mass.) Library Memorial Fund
  • Christine Carlson, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Kristi Cates, Normal (Ill.) Public Library
  • Milla Cummins, Livingston-Park County Public Library, Mont.
  • Gretchen Ipock, Upper Darby (Pa.) Sellers Library
  • Penny Johnson, Baraboo (Wisc.) Public Library
  • Ann Lotito, Passages Academy, Brooklyn (N.Y.)
  • Rachel Magee, Friends of the West Covina (Calif.) Library
  • Lisa Martinez, El Paso (Texas) Public Library
  • Kathryn McCartney, The Marysville (Ohio) Public Library
  • Sarah McCarville, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Public Library
  • Lalitha Nataraj, Chula Vista (Calif.) Public Library
  • Abigail Phillps, Lee County Library, Leesburg, Va.
  • Margaret Rohrbach, Atlantic Technical Center, Coral Springs, Fla.
  • Shawna Sherman, Hayward (Calif.) Public Library
  • Telka Slider, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, Ga.
  • Camden Tadhg, Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Martha Wilding, Linn-Mar High School Media Center, Marion, Iowa

The grants will fund a wide range of activities: gaming nights, a program to recommend books via podcasts and student-produced videos, and digital art workshops, among many others.

Now in its third year, Teen Tech Week is a national initiative aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults with a general theme of Get Connected @ your library®. The initiative ensures that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries’ many free nonprint resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology. The 2009 Teen Tech Week theme is Press Play @ your library. Teen Tech Week 2009 Promotional Partners include ALA Graphics, Evanced Solutions, Galaxy Press, Rosen Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Tutor.com and the Verizon Foundation. DoSomething.Org is a Nonprofit Supporter

To learn more about Teen Tech Week, visit


For more than 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
www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,

About the Verizon Foundation

The Verizon Foundation funds programs that address the heart of social issues such as literacy, technology education and domestic violence. We build partnerships to replicate our most successful programs in communities across the country. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than $400 million in the United States and around the world to help others. The Verizon Foundation supported the 2009 Teen Tech Week Mini Grants.