The Young Adult Library Services Association (Y.A.L.S.A.), a division of the American Library Association (A.L.A.), has awarded twenty libraries Summer Reading Resources Grants. The grant is made possible through the sponsorship from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Each grant is worth $1,000.
The purpose of the Summer Reading Resources Grant is to help fund a library’s summer reading program by allowing it to purchase literacy resources that will strengthen and expand the impact of its summer reading program. The grant recipients are Allyson Evans, Charles County Public Library; La Plata, Maryland; April Wallace, Pinson Public Library, Pinson, Alabama; Bethany Miller, Northwest High School Library; Cincinnati; Cynthia Shutts, White Oak Library District; Romeoville, Illinois; Donna Hughes, Handley Regional Library; Winchester, Virginia; Elissa Valente, William K. Sanford Town Library, Loudonville, New York.; Jaclyn Lewis, Madison County Library System, Canton, Mississippi; Karen Lambert, Schlow Centre Region Library; State College, Pennsylvania; Katy Pretz, Citizens Library & District Center; Washington, Pennsylvania; Kelli McLemore, Athens-Limestone Public Library; Athens, Alabama; Kelsey Kauffman, Middlebury Community Public Library, Middlebury, Indiana; Kim McCallister, Liberty Middle School Library, Ashland, Virginia; Lisa Powell Williams, Moline Public Library, Moline, Illinois; Michelle Hamrick, Irondale Public Library, Irondale, Alabama; Rachel Sweany, Louisville Public Library, Louisville, Ohio; Rosalee Pituch, Rebecca M. Arthurs Memorial Library, Brookville, Pennsylvania; Sandra Solomon, St. Martin Parish Library, St. Martinville,, Louisiana; Sara Phang, The Foundation Schools; Largo, Maryland; Susan Barnum, El Paso Public Library, El Paso, Texas; and Tara Smith, Cherokee County Public Library; Gaffney, South Carolina.
Librarians can learn more about the grant and summer reading, by visiting the Summer Reading & Learning Web site, an online space where educators, librarians and out-of-school-time programs can find and share helpful summer reading and learning resources.
For years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided Youth Literacy Grants to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations in hopes to provide assistance in implementing and expanding literacy programs for youth. Y.A.L.S.A. for over fifty years it “has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.” One can learn more about Y.A.L.S.A. through its Web pages on the A.L.A.’s Web site, by calling the office at (800) 545-2433, extension 4390; or e-mailing yalsa [at] ala.org.