Yakama Native students could hardly wait to check out new books at the Yakama Nation Library, the latest recipient of YALSA’s Great Books Giveaway. YALSA donates thousands of dollars worth of books every year to qualifying libraries across the United States.

Yakama Native students reviewing new books.

Yakama Native students reviewing new books.


The Yakama Nation Library serves 12 schools within a 5-mile radius, and students from all of those schools need access to books and information for reports, language studies, and recreational reading. Before YALSA’s donation, the books on YNL’s shelves were outdated. Now the collection has become richer with a more current range of fiction and nonfiction books and media to choose from.’ 

The teens are delighted with the new books and with having so many choices, as you can tell from these pictures.

Judging a book by its cover

Judging a book by its cover

So many books . . .

Where to start?.

Where to start?

Too much good stuff!

Each year the YALSA office receives approximately 3,000 newly published books, videos, CD’s and audiocassettes, materials that have been targeted primarily towards young adults. Publishers and producers submit copies for selection committees to review and nominate. After the ALA Midwinter Meeting (when committees select their annual lists), these materials need to be removed from the YALSA office to make room for the next year’s publications. If you are interested in getting 2014’s books and media for your collection, apply online for the Great Books Giveaway‘ by December 1, 2014.

Photo credits:’ Errol Olney & Mike’ Sekaquaptewa


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