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Teen Literature Mini Grants

The application process for 2014 is closed. Check back in 2015.


Public Libraries can receive $625.00 total: $125.00 for seminar and $500.00 for books for their collection.

  • Purchase and listen to What’s New in Young Adult Literature provided by the Bureau of Education and Research and taught by Patti Tjomsland via audio download or on CD;
  • Purchase books (and audiobooks) highlighted in seminar for collection and;
  • Plan at least one teen program featuring the highlighted books by August 1, 2014.

Grantees will be notified by Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Libraries and librarians play a key role in fostering literacy. The Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) position on young adult literature states that:

“… whether one defines young adult literature narrowly or broadly, much of its value cannot be quantified but is to be found in how it addresses the needs of its readers. Often described as “developmental,” these needs recognize that young adults are beings in evolution, in search of self and identity; beings who are constantly growing and changing, morphing from the condition of childhood to that of adulthood. That period of passage called “young adulthood” is a unique part of life, distinguished by unique needs that are – at minimum — physical, intellectual, emotional, and societal in nature.

By addressing these needs, young adult literature is made valuable not only by its artistry but also by its relevance to the lives of its readers. And by addressing not only their needs but also their interests, the literature becomes a powerful inducement for them to read, another compelling reason to value it, especially at a time when adolescent literacy has become a critically important issue. …”

By Michael Cart for YALSA. Adopted by YALSA’s Board of Directors, January 2008

To apply:

Submit a Word document to Sharon Deeds with the following information:

  1. A paragraph on how the seminar and materials will benefit your teen community
  2. An agreement to purchase and listen to the What’s New in Young Adult Literature seminar and to purchase books highlighted in the seminar
  3. An outline of the teen book program(s) including proposed date(s)
  4. An agreement to conduct a brief survey of teen program attendees
  5. An agreement to submit a LSTA evaluation and a final project budget

The Teen Literature mini grant will result in staff:

  • Recognizing and respecting the reading tastes and educational needs of teens
  • Expanding library services and materials to teens
  • Providing an opportunity to engage teens in your library through new books

The Teen Literature mini grant recipient will:

  • Purchase and listen to the seminar on CD or via downloadable audio
  • Purchase teen materials highlighted in the seminar to add to library’s collection
  • Plan and conduct at least one teen program using books purchased through mini grant no later than August 1, 2014
  • Acknowledge in the publicity the source of the funds for the mini grant. A suggested acknowledgement is: Funds for this project were provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act and were administered by the Utah State Library Division, under the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts.
  • Conduct a brief survey of teen program attendees
  • Fill out and submit an evaluation

For more information or assistance contact:

Sharon Deeds
Youth Services Coordinator
Phone Number (801) 715-6742 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address