Applications for YALSA’s Teen Tech Week™ mini grants due Jan. 19

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

YALSA Communications Specialist



For Immediate Release

January 13, 2009

CHICAGO —Members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), can win $450 in cash and $50 in promotional products by applying for a 2009 Teen Tech Week™ mini grant by Jan. 19. Through funding from the Verizon Foundation, YALSA will grant up to 20 awards to members offering inventive activities, resources and programming for Teen Tech Week 2009, March 8–14.

Visit to read the official rules and download the application form. This contest is open only to YALSA members. Applicants for the TTW mini grants must submit the official application form to the YALSA office at by Jan. 19. Winners will be notified the week of Feb. 9. In addition to $450 cash for the winners’ Teen Tech Week plans, they’ll receive a prize pack from ALA Graphics worth $50.

“These grants offer libraries the opportunity to celebrate Teen Tech Week in ways they might not otherwise be able to, particularly as libraries face increased usage at a time when budgets are being slashed,” said Sarah Cornish Debraski, YALSA President. “We’re thankful to the Verizon Foundation for their generosity and support of Teen Tech Week.”

Teen Tech Week 2009, which will be celebrated March 8-14 with a theme of Press Play @ your library, is about connecting teens with different technologies, especially those available through the library. Teen Tech Week also encourages teens to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology. Registration and resources are available at Teen Tech Week Promotional Partners include ALA Graphics, Evanced Solutions, Rosen Publishing, Simon & Schuster, and the Verizon Foundation. DoSomething.Org is a Teen Tech Week Nonprofit Supporter.

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, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,