YALSA Offering Teen Read Week Activity Grants

Yalsa_Logo.pngHeld each October, Teen Read Week is a national celebration that often goes unobserved – a fact attributable, at least in large part to, to a lack of funds to coordinate teen-oriented programming. This year, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is partnering up with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to change that.

Over the summer, a YALSA judging committee will award ten $1,000 Teen Read Week “activity grants” to deserving public libraries (and, where appropriate, partnering Friends groups) interested in coordinating special programs during Teen Read Week 2015 (October 18-24). 

Innovative concepts are encouraged. Program proposals that are inclusive of underserved teen populations – including but not limited to ESL learners and teens with disabilities – are of particular interest. 

Both library systems and individual branch libraries are eligible to be considered. Proposed programming must be held on the library premises. Each applying organization must also have a current YALSA member in their ranks. Click here for more details. 

Applications are due Monday, June 1. Grant recipients will be notified by Monday, July 13.