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Independence County Library named to receive set of acclaimed books aimed at teens

The Independence County Library has been named a recipient of a national giveaway of a set of books aimed at young adults.

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

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.

With the collection of new titles, libraries such as the Independence County Library can further enrich their young adult collection and attract teens to the library in hopes of fostering positive literacy habits in teens, noted a press release from YALSA.

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 Aug. 15 and the third week in October.

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:

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