OCL receives YALSA grant for Teen Read Week

Ocean County Library was one of only 10 libraries across the nation to receive a $1,000 grant from the Young Adult Library Services (YALSA) for its Teen Read Week program, a Do-It-Yourself Fair.

YALSA is a division of the American Library Association.

The fair, modeled after the Maker Faires in San Francisco and New York, will bring in experts to demonstrate ways to repurpose materials into crafts, make candy sushi and plush creations and up-cycle books. It will be held Saturday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m.

“The theme is ‘It Came from the Library’” said Pham Condello, Supervising Librarian of Teen Services, “and it helps foster creativity, curiosity and innovation. Teens will transform ideas and visions into tangible objects and items.”

Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults, according to YALSA. Begun in 1998, its purpose is to increase the number of teens who are regular readers and library users.

More information about Teen Read Week can be found at the American Library Association’s Web site www.ala.org/teenread .

Members of Team Teen Read Week include ALA Graphics, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, and the Penguin Young Readers Group.

Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with more than 9,900 neighborhood stores in 39 states. Dollar General stores provide convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy and education. Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $64.5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 3.7 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about Dollar General, visit www.dollargeneral.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: yalsa@ala.org.


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