The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has named Belfast (Maine) Area High School; Franklin Township Public Library in Somerset, NJ; and Townsend Harris High School in Flushing, NY, as recipients of its 2021 Great Books Giveaway.
Each library will receive a share of more than $20,000 worth of books, audiobooks and other materials donated to YALSA from publishers and producers in 2020.
Built in the 1960s, Belfast Area High School serves the city of Belfast and four outlying small towns in Maine. More than half of the school’s 480 students receive free or reduced lunches. Providing a library collection that reflects new technology and student interests has been challenging due to budgetary constraints. Updated materials will help students with research and improve a non-fiction collection with an estimated age in the late 1990s.
“This award will help revitalize the library's collection and give our students the reading and learning experience they deserve,” said Arlene Laverde, Librarian at Townsend Harris High School. “It will ensure that the THHS library will be able to continue to provide new, exciting, and diverse materials for our school community.”
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