Grants, scholarships and awards – what a glorious thought!’  Who doesn’t love the idea of receiving monetary grants and awards to further the work of providing top-notch library services for teens.’  As a member of YALSA, you are eligible to apply for several different awards that could cover the cost of attending a conference or legislative day, fund a program you’ve been longing to implement in your library, provide resources for a research project, and so much more.’  As a membership perk, YALSA offers more than $90,000 annually in grants and awards to members who work with or on behalf of teens.

Surprisingly, YALSA does not receive many applications for these opportunities.’  If you apply you have a decent chance of receiving an award.’  And with the wide variety of opportunities available you are certain to find a program that will meet your needs.

Does your book collection need a boost?’  Books for Teens, the Great Books Giveaway Competition, and the BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant award books or money for libraries in need.

Do you wish you had the funds to attend ALA Annual, the YA Lit Symposium or Library Legislative Days?’  Travel stipends are available for all three of these events.

Do you want to further your education or build leadership skills? You might be eligible for a Spectrum Scholarship or a YALSA Board Fellowship or the Emerging Leader program.

Could your writing or research efforts use some financial support and recognition? Would you like to become more involved in YALSA governance? Do you have a great idea? There are grants and awards for each of these endeavors and more.

Take full advantage of your YALSA membership!’  Consider applying for these member-only opportunities.’  Many, but not all, application deadlines are December 1st of each year.’  You can find more information, including applications and deadline details, at

About Penny Johnson

I am the teen specialist at Baraboo Public Library, Baraboo WI.

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