For immediate release | September 20, 2011

Ten librarians win Teens’ Top Ten sets from YALSA and Dollar General

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced the winners of its Teens’ Top Ten Books Giveaway, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Each library will receive a set of the 25 books nominated for the 2011 Teens’ Top Ten. The Teens’ Top Ten will be announced during Teen Read Week™ 2011, Oct. 16-22, at

The 10 winners are:

  • Carrie Dawson, Marana High School, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Linda E. Neville, Brayton Elementary School, Clarksburg, Mass.
  • Roberta C. Reasoner, Juvenile Services Education Program, Maryland State Department of Education, Baltimore
  • Ashley Robertson, Bernie (Mo.) Public Library
  • Renae Rountree, Washington County Public Library, Chipley, Fla.
  • Rosalyn D Spencer, North Regional Public Library, Carencro, La.
  • Wendy Stephens, Buckhorn High School Library, New Market,Ala.
  • Jenniffer Stephenson, Greenwood-Leflore (Miss.) Public Library
  • Julie Vaught, Johnsonville (S.C.) Public Library
  • Marina J. Welmers, Tortolita Middle School, Tucson, Ariz.

Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Support Teen Literature Day during National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles between August and September.

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,