The Lenox Township Library was awarded the YALSA/Dollar General Summer Learning Grant. My idea for the grant was to reach as many teens in the area as possible. To accomplish this, I partnered with the local public schools food services director in order to attend their Meet Up and Eat Up summer lunch program. I decided to partner with the school this summer to help reach as many youth in the area as possible. During the summer, the school has SACC (school age child care) and summer camp programs. During the breakfast and lunch hours, all youth, 18 and younger, are allowed to come in for free. I saw this as a great opportunity to bring awareness of what the library has to offer as well as giving out books to the youth to bring home. I started the process by emailing the superintendent of the school district. I informed her of my plans and from there I was connected to the director of food services for the school. Overall, it was a smooth transaction and everyone involved was very excited to have me come in. 

With this program, I think the only thing I would do differently is make sure I have either a teen volunteer or another staff member to help. There were higher numbers of youth than I had anticipated due to the summer camp programs. In many ways this is a great thing, however, because it was just me, I feel I could have reached more if I had a partner. Even with the craziness of it all, I will definitely partner with the school next summer. 


Casee Hill is a Youth Librarian at Lenox Township Library.

This month YALSA’s Snack Break is all about the work that teen interns did at the Addison (IL) Public Library over the summer.  Teen Librarian Elizabeth Lynch and the library’s four teen interns discuss what made the program work and provide tips on what others might do to design and implement a successful teen intern program.  Addison Public Library was one of the libraries that won the 2017 YALSA Dollar General Summer Intern grant.

Learn more about summer learning and the Dollar General teen intern award.

Applications are still being accepted for two kinds of mini grants for 2013 summer reading programs made possible by YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.’  Apply today!

  • Summer Reading Funding: Twenty libraries that provide programming to underserved teens will receive $1,000 to support their outstanding literacy focused summer reading program.
  • Summer Reading Teen Assistant Funding: Twenty $1,000 grants are available to be used to recruit, train and compensate teen assistants to help with summer reading programs.

Books_DG_LitfinalIndividual library branches within a larger system may apply.’  Deadline extended to January 14, 2013.‘  Apply at