Chatham Community Library is recipient of 2019 Teens’ Top Ten Book giveaway

Chicago, Il — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced the recipients of its 2019 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

A total of 60 recipients will be receiving a set of the 2019 Teens’ Top Ten nominees through generous funding from The Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The nominee list is comprised of 25 teen acclaimed young adult titles ranging from a multitude of different genres.

The recipients of the giveaway are as follows:

  1. Adams, Vanessa. Independence County Library; Batesville, Arkansas
  2. Ahart, Melissa. MS 51 William Alexander Middle School Library; Brooklyn, New York
  3. Aten, Megan. Benton (Pennsylvania) MS HS Library
  4. Benson, Kristina. Du Quoin (Illinois) Public Library           
  5. Briggs, Kristen. Millersville (Tennessee) Public Library
  6. Caminta, Sheree. East Jefferson High School Library; Metairie, Louisiana
  7. Chouinard, GD. Austin Junior High School Library; Decatur, Alabama
  8. Connolly, Andrea. Jaffrey (New Hampshire) Public Library
  9. Cruz, Nicole. Penny Payte McLeaish LRC; Mission, Texas
  10. Escoto, Olivia. Blanchard Community Library; Santa Paula, California
  11. Franklin, Jennifer. Warren (Pennsylvania) Library Association
  12. Frost, Ashley. Gibsonville (North Carolina) Public Library
  13. Gomez, Guadalupe. Ponderosa Joint Use Library; Anaheim, CA
  14. Grenkow, Diane. Jeudevine Memorial Library; Hardwick, Vermont
  15. Haas, Barbara. T. C. Boushall Middle School; Richmond, Virginia
  16. Hahn, Tyler. Cherokee (Iowa) Public Library
  17. Hall, Steven. Russell J. Ribb Library at La Puente (California) High School
  18. Hall, Vickie Lynn. Jeff Davis County Library; Hazlehurst, Georgia
  19. Hambley, Jill. Prospect (Pennsylvania) Community Library
  20. Hankin, Wendy. Globe (Arizona) High School Library
  21. Harris-Sumida, Cheryl. Oak Forest (Illinois) High School
  22. Hawkins, Ashley. Tilden Campus Library; Brooklyn, New York
  23. Henderson, Katy. Chatham County Public Libraries – Chatham Community Library; Pittsboro, North Carolina
  24. Henning, Teresa. Newton (Kansas) High School
  25. Herbert, Caroline. Hillside High School; Durham, North Carolina
  26. Hernandez, April. Lincoln Library; Medicine Lodge, Kansas
  27. Kigar, Sandie. LHS Library and Media Center; Larned, Kansas
  28. Ladner, Denise. Purvis (Mississippi) High School (Library).
  29. Laiben, Crystal. Bath County Memorial Library; Owingsville, Kentucky
  30. MacMaster, Carolann. Babcock Library; Ashford, Connecticut
  31. Mann, Pamela. Hancock (Maryland) Veterans Memorial Branch – Washington County Free Library
  32. Mano, Matthew. Onslow County Public Library; Jacksonville, North Carolina
  33. Menk, Mary. Andrew Carnegie (Pennsylvania) Free Library & Music Hall
  34. Millette, Mary. Greater Lawrence Technical School; Andover, Massachusetts
  35. Neal, Sherry. Inman Middle School Media Center; Atlanta, Georgia
  36. Nocita, Lisa. Prairie Star Middle School; Leawood, Kansas
  37. Ogle, Cassie. Tazewell County Public Library; Bluefield, Virginia
  38. Ojserkis, Amy. Atlantic County Institute of Technology; Mays Landing, New Jersey
  39. Otis, Emily. Anaheim (California) Public Library – Sunkist Branch
  40. Ott, Rebecca. Tiverton (Rhode Island) Public Library
  41. Philbeck, Cindy. Simmons-Pickney Middle School. Charleston, South Carolina
  42. Pickett, Amy. Ridley High School Library; Folsom, Pennsylvania
  43. Pray, Wenndy. B. L. Gray Junior High Library. Mission, Texas
  44. Proie, Rebecca. New Castle (Pennsylvania) Public Library
  45. Quiles, Ruth. Nottingham High School Library; Hamilton, New Jersey
  46. Quintana, Lori. Griffin Middle School; Smyrna, Georgia
  47. Reynolds, Devyn. Ojai (California) Valley School Upper Campus
  48. Roberts, Kelly. Glenbard East High School; Lombard, Illinois
  49. Rose, Emily. International High School/Garrett Morgan Academy; Paterson, New Jersey
  50. Schaeff, Cora. Millington (Michigan) Arbela District Library
  51. Shelton, Jill. Massac County High School Library; Metropolis, Illinois
  52. Skipper, Amy. Tyler (Texas) Public Library
  53. Slay, Jill. Putnam City West High School; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  54. Smith, Ann. Pickford (Michigan) Community Library
  55. Smith, Christine. Spaulding High School; Barre, Vermont
  56. Torralbas, Grisel. Hialeah (Florida) Public Libraries
  57. VanCise, Elise. Astor (Florida) County Library
  58. Ventola, Rebecca. Manchester Community Library; Manchester Center, Vermont
  59. Wallace, April. Pelham (Alabama) Park Middle School
  60. Wimble, Erika. Camelback High School Library; Phoenix, Arizona

With the collection of new titles, libraries can further enrich their young adult collection and attract teens to the library in hopes of fostering positive literacy habits in teens.

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Teens everywhere can nominate their favorite titles to become the official nominees of the upcoming Teens’ Top Ten. Nominations are posted in April during National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year between August 15 and the third week in October.

For more information, ideas, and resources for libraries to incorporate the Teens’ Top Ten into summer learning programs, download the free Teens’ Top Ten Toolkit.

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: " target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">.