Finding Funding: YALSA Summer Learning Grants

Golden dollar bill signs hang from fishing line, dark shadows cast behind themIt can be tough to find funding for all of the great ideas you want to make happen at your library. In this occasional series, we’ll highlight different funding sources you may not know about or may not know how to tap.

Are you looking to take your summer learning program to the next level? YALSA is giving away twenty $1,000 grants to support libraries’ efforts to reach underserved teens over the summer months as well as another twenty $1,000 grants to support hiring teen interns over the summer.

To determine if you are eligible, you must answer yes to the following questions:

  • Is your summer learning program administered through a library?
  • Is your program open to all teens in the community?
  • Do you work directly with teens?
  • Are you a personal member of YALSA?
  • Is your library within 20 miles of a Dollar General store?

If you answered yes to all of those questions, read these tips for writing effective grants and then check out the Teen Read Week website for more details and the application forms! Applications are due by December 1st. Good luck!

Summer Reading Reflections

books stacked on top of a table outdoors at dusk with lights in the backgroundWith school is back in session and fall weather in full force, Summer Reading might be the last thing on our minds, but this is a good time to step back and reflect on what worked well and what we’d like to change for next time while it’s still pretty fresh in our minds.

Here are a few reflections from libraries around the state. How did your Summer Reading program go? What hopes do you have for next year?

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Hot Topic: Summer Reading Clubs/Programs

Sonja Somerville, Salem Public Library

Cabin Life (MSA) by Missouri State Archives, on Flickr

Cabin Life (MSA) by Missouri State Archives, on Flickr

Whatever you call it, we’d all like to see teens keeping up those skills and exercising their brains by read-read-reading all summer long. But just as there are many ways to skin a cat, there are myriad ways to structure an incentive program.

  • What is the plan at your library?
  • Do you give prizes and incentives? When? To whom?
  • How are they earned?
  • Do you have events?
  • Passive programs?
  • Kick offs?
  • Wrap ups?

Share here and come back to see what others are doing. You may find the perfect idea to beef up, start up, spice up, streamline, or re-tool at your library.

Final Call for Fall OYAN Review Article Submissions!

WANTED: Articles covering successful (or otherwise) teen summer reading programs, book reviews, & any other pressing matters relating to all things teen, libraries, books, and technology!

DUE DATE: Submit articles for the Fall OYAN Review by Friday, Oct. 12.

CONTACT: Submit your draft articles to Ian at

-Your OYAN newsletter team

Share your input on the 2013 Summer Reading Theme!

Picture by Mike Knell

The Collaborative Summer Library Program’s teen manual committee needs your ideas for the 2013 teen program manual. The manual is sent to every library and includes book lists and bibliographies, program outlines that fit the theme, reproducibles for marketing and outreach, and ideas for displays. The 2013 theme is Beneath the Surface. Think underground scenes, secret identities, geology, dirt, bats, etc. Please share your ideas for the manual in the comments, and/or send them to by November 25.

Teen Video Challenge 2011

Here’s a great contest to promote to teens at your library!

Teens aged 13-18 years old are invited to participate in the 2011 Collaborative Summer Library Program video challenge! The task? Create a public service announcement (PSA) to promote the library’s 2011 summer reading program, “You Are Here!” The teen or group of teens who submit the winning video will receive $250, and their Oregon public library will receive $100. The winning entry will also be submitted to the national CSLP, and if approved, will be made available online for other libraries to use in promoting their programs. Entries are due by March 15, 2011!

Click the links below to download the PDF documents!

Contest Details – Oregon

Contest Overview

Entry Form

Model Release Form