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posted: 5/4/2012 8:23 AM

Algonquin library receives teen internship grants

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Submitted by Algonquin Area Public Library

The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, recently announced Algonquin Area Public Library as a recipient of one of its Summer Teen Internship Program Grants.

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The grants give each winning library $1,000 to support hiring and training teen interns for the summer. The grants are funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Forty libraries received the funding, which will help libraries across the country provide training and stipends for teens to aid in planning and carrying out summer reading programs.

"This grant offers a great opportunity for teens and for our library," said Claire Matthews, Young Adult librarian. "Many of the teen applicants participated in the summer reading program as children and want to be a part of it again."

Algonquin Area Public Library plans to use the grant fund to hire about 10 teens from its library district to help at summer reading registration tables this summer. Interns also will be walking in the Founder's Day Parade with the Algonquin library, distributing books to children along the parade route.

Teens ages 16 to 19 who live in the Algonquin Area Public Library District are welcome to pick up an application at either library location: the main branch, 2600 Harnish Drive, or the Eastgate branch, 115 Eastgate St. Applications are due back to the library by Tuesday, May 15.

Serving the residents of Algonquin and Lake in the Hills for more than 90 years, the Algonquin Area Public Library District has two locations on the east and west sides of the Fox River. The library is dedicated to serving its members' informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs.

The library offers public computer access and more than 280,000 books, movies, sound recordings, and video games for checkout. Visit www.aapld.org.

Dollar General has a tradition of supporting literacy and education. Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $64.5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 3.7 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about Dollar General, visit www.dollargeneral.com.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens. For more information about YALSA, or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or email, yalsa@ala.org.

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