Apply for YALSA’s Great Books Giveaway award

The ImageYoung Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is giving away over 1200 new books, videos, CDs, and audiocassettes; apply for your chance to win and add these new materials to your library's collection!

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Why the collection is needed in their community.
  • Why the collection is needed in their institution.
  • How acquiring the collection will help them better serve the youth of their community.
  • That the library's commitment to intellectual freedom and equity of access for young adults is supported by an up-to-date, board-approved collection development policy which is based upon the guidelines in the Intellectual Freedom Manual (ALA, 1996) and/or Censorship and Selection: Issues and Answers for Schools by Henry Reichman (ALA, 2001).

Application criteria, guidelines, cover sheet, and info on how to apply are at YALSA's Great Books Giveaway Competition.

Application deadline: December 1, 2009

Each year the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) office receives approximately 1200 new books, videos, CD's and audiocassettes — materials written for young adults, ages 12-18. (Publishers and producers submit copies for selection committees to review and nominate.)  After committees select their annual lists, these materials need to be removed from the YALSA office to make room for the next year's publications.

The YALSA Board of Directors believes many libraries that serve young adults would benefit by receiving this collection of materials.  YALSA and the cooperating publishers are therefore offering one year's worth of review materials as a contribution to a library in need through this application process.