The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announces the winners of its Summer Reading Program Grants, which are funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Twenty libraries across the country are receiving $1,000 to help fund summer reading programs for teens.
"YALSA is pleased to work with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to support summer reading programs for teens," said Jack H. Martin, YALSA president. "Our members have lots of wonderful, creative ideas, and it is a pleasure to be able to help them implement them."
The South Carolina library receiving the Summer Reading Program Grant is the Florence County Public Library. Julie Vaught is the librarian who submitted the grant application. For a list of other libraries receiving the grant, visit http://www.ala.org/news/pr?id=12581.
"The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support YALSA's efforts to assist librarians with their teen reading programs," said Denine Torr, Dollar General's director of community initiatives. "Summertime is a great time for teens to discover the joy of reading for pleasure while also continuing to learn."
YALSA has also used funds generously provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to create an online community that any interested librarian or library worker can join to find and share ideas about summer reading and summer learning. The site can be accessed at http://summerreading.ning.com/.
For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.