[Grantees] 2015 Summer Reading Resource Grantee Space

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Hello from Shafter, CA!  My name is Mandy Walters and I'm the branch supervisor of the Shafter Branch Library, a part of the Kern County Library System in California's Central Valley.

My library system operates 28 branches and serves almost 900,000 on a book budget of under $250,000 (and falling yearly) because there is no dedicated library tax.  Manga and Graphic Novels are SO beloved by the teens in my community, but they are largely considered non-essential due to the amount of popular fiction our meager budget has to purchase.  The teens here are hungry for an infusion to this collection, so that's what they're getting from our YALSA/DG funds!  And I'm THRILLED to be able to provide it!

I'm Emily Otis, Youth Services Librarian for Anaheim Public Library.  For those of you who aren't familiar with Anaheim, it's Mickey Mouse's West Coast home (we apologize for the measles thing).

Anaheim has a large population of at-risk youth.  The city launched the Teen Initiative to reach out to these kids and develop programs and services to support them.  My position was created, but funds are too tight right now to increase funding for teen collections.  We haven't had enough money to buy multiple copies of popular books or to replace books that go missing.  Since teens are all about instant gratification, the YALSA/DG funds will be used to ensure that all 7 library branches and Bookmobile have copies of some of the most popular teen materials available at the start of the SRP!  Building a collection that reflects teen's interests is crucial to creating a library environment that they can call their own, and I'm incredibly grateful to YALSA and Dollar General for helping to make this happen!

Hi everyone,

The official press release announcing the recipients can be found here: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2015/02/2015-summer-reading-...

Feel free to adapt the press release for your own use.

Hello

I am the Public Librarian in El Paso, TX.  The El Paso Library System has 12 library branches and a Techmobile, Kidsmobile, and Bookmobile.  I have been in charge of Young Adult programming for 6 years.  This year I am excited about being selected to receive a Summer Reading Grant to produce an EAM Comic-Con.  I anticipate having many teens participate in this comic-con becasue Graphic Novels are very popular.

Hello!

I am the Youth Services Librarian at the New Port Richey Public Library in New Port Richey, Florida (about 30 minutes north of Tampa).  We are a city library and are unique in that we are not part of our county system.  The library just celebrated its 95th birthday in December!  I have been here for a little over three years.  Our community is home to roughly 15,000 residents, about a quarter of which are living below poverty level.  We are also in walking distance of a middle school and high school, and we have many teens that come in for a place to hang out after school. 

I am thrilled to have been chosen as a grant recipient!  I plan on using the funds to expand various area of our teen collection, primarily urban fiction, graphic novels, magazine subscriptions (which have been slashed pretty badly over the last few years), and HiLo books. I also plan on utilizing some of the funds for more audiobooks and some popular YA novels in foreign language (of which we currently have none).  This grant will also go towards some books that complement my teen SRP events, including a book club and something I'm calling "Life Hack Academy", which teaches teens a variety of different skills including auto maintenance, stress relief, and nutrition, to name a few.  My goal is to better prepare teens for life outside of high school and teach them skills that come in handy when you are on your own. 

I am very excited to hear from all of you!  

Hi from Covina Public Library. My name is Jennifer Blair and I am the Library Services Supervisor.

The library is in dire need of purchasing YA Non-fiction, but are unable to do so. For this grant, we proposed books that help struggling readers as well as books that support the SRP theme, which is music. Many of our teens are ESL or are below proficiency levels. We are thrilled to be able to provide much needed updates to the collection and have also researched and will be adding musical fiction to the collection. As part of SRP, this grant was also able to fund a family entertainer that will teach Music from Around the World. Thank you YALSA and DG for helping to make this happen.

Greetings from John Handley High School!  I am Fay Stump, one of two library media specialists here, and Shari Putnam and I are excited to kick off our summer reading project.  Our school is located in the heart of historic Winchester, VA.  Presently, nearly 47% of our school population (enrollment 1,193) belongs to a minority group:  24% of these are Hispanic students, many who are newcomers just learning English.   Before the school year ends, we plan to build teams comprised of two newcomers, one bilingual and two English speaking students.  With the grant money, we are purchasing 100 ALA recommended picture books (we had none prior to this year). The teams will meet during the summer to prepare a story hour session for younger students, making a picture book come to life by staging it. This will involve scripting the text and using costumes and props.  They will also plan an art, music, or game activity.  The teams will take their story on the road to local elementary and public library programs.  As the high school students work together, our goal of improving literacy by engaging our teens in reading, speaking, and writing together, will be achieved, and all will have fun in the process!  Thank you, Dollar General and YALSA, for making this possible.  

Hi, everyone! I'm Joy DuPont, the Teen Services person here at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library in Columbus, MS.  We are a fairly small library system, with our main branch here in Columbus, and 3 smaller branches in rural towns around Lowndes County.  Lowndes County currently has a population of about 60,000, with about 24% being under the age of 18.  We estimate that 20% of the families in the county are currently living below poverty level, with about 35% of people under the age of 18 below the poverty level.  We are so very grateful to have received this grant, as our budget is very tight and does not allow us to provide the services we would like to provide to our community.  With this grant, we plan to hold a much more involved Teen Summer Library Program than we have in the past, and we believe that this grant will make it our best summer program yet.  Again, thank you to YALSA and Dollar General for this amazing opportunity to provide excellent programming for our patrons. 

Lowndes Co. stats from American FactFinder: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productv...

Hello! My name is Robina Norman and I work at Hazel W. Guilford Memorial Library located in Aurora, NC. Guilford Library is part of an 8 branch, 3 county regional library system. Aurora, NC is a small rural town.

Due to budget constraints, our teen collection is almost non-existent especially graphic novels. Due to an increase of interest from the male tweens for graphic novels, the YALSA/DG Summer Reading Resource grant will help to fill this void. I am looking forward to having an exciting SRP for our tween/teen population.

Hello Mandy!

I see that we both have the same ideas about what to implement with this grant. Is there a certain graphic novel series that you think will be of interest to teens?
 
Mandy Walters said:

Hello from Shafter, CA!  My name is Mandy Walters and I'm the branch supervisor of the Shafter Branch Library, a part of the Kern County Library System in California's Central Valley.

My library system operates 28 branches and serves almost 900,000 on a book budget of under $250,000 (and falling yearly) because there is no dedicated library tax.  Manga and Graphic Novels are SO beloved by the teens in my community, but they are largely considered non-essential due to the amount of popular fiction our meager budget has to purchase.  The teens here are hungry for an infusion to this collection, so that's what they're getting from our YALSA/DG funds!  And I'm THRILLED to be able to provide it!

I see a big demand here for your standard superhero fare, so we'll certainly be ordering some of that, but otherwise I'm a bit adrift!  I'm planning on putting together a "Comics and Graphic Novel Task Force" made up of teens in the community to help me do the selection.

Robina Norman said:

Hello Mandy!

I see that we both have the same ideas about what to implement with this grant. Is there a certain graphic novel series that you think will be of interest to teens?
 
Mandy Walters said:

Hello from Shafter, CA!  My name is Mandy Walters and I'm the branch supervisor of the Shafter Branch Library, a part of the Kern County Library System in California's Central Valley.

My library system operates 28 branches and serves almost 900,000 on a book budget of under $250,000 (and falling yearly) because there is no dedicated library tax.  Manga and Graphic Novels are SO beloved by the teens in my community, but they are largely considered non-essential due to the amount of popular fiction our meager budget has to purchase.  The teens here are hungry for an infusion to this collection, so that's what they're getting from our YALSA/DG funds!  And I'm THRILLED to be able to provide it!

My name is Isabelle Toomey and I’m a teen services intern at the Crafton Public Library, a small library within Allegheny County and ten minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Though our city has a wonderful (and wonderfully funded) library system, county libraries like ours have a small tax base to draw upon, and Crafton’s base and budget is extremely small. With many new businesses coming to Pittsburgh, our suburbs are slowly growing, but the library does not have the staff or funds to properly address families, and thus teens, who are now in the area.

Additionally, our teen services has been covered completely by interns in the past six years, and programming has been spotty at best. With this grant, and our first ever year with a budget allocated specifically to teen services and programming, I plan to kick off a summer reading program that will build off of the teen programs from the spring and lead into the programming in the fall.

I’m very excited to have the opportunity to expand teen services with this grant, and through savvy planning and tons of enthusiasm, I think it can be a meaningful and fun summer for our teens (and staff)!

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