Christmas and Hanukkah have come and gone, but maybe you have it in you to give one more gift this year. How about giving a teen in an under-resourced community the gift of reading by making a donation to YALSA’s Books for Teens? Your year-end gift to Books for Teens is especially important because a generous donor has offered an incentive: If we can raise $500 during the month of December, the donor will donate an additional $500.
Books for Teens mission is to empower the nation’s at-risk teens to achieve more by providing them with free high quality, new, age-appropriate books. Funds raised through Books for Teens will be distributed to libraries in communities with a high level of poverty, where teen services librarians will purchase and distribute new books, encourage teens to get library cards and provide teens with reading-focused events and activities.
Help make the holidays happy for teens in low-income communities by making a donation of any size to YALSA’s Books for Teens. Make a donation through the Books for Teens’ Causes page, on Facebook, or through the American Library Association fundraising page (make sure to select ALA Divisions and Offices and scroll down to YALSA, then select Books for Teens).
— Alicia Blowers, Chair of YALSA’s Books for Teens Jury, who is currently reading The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery by Steve Sheinkin
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