YALSA selects Sandy Valley Branch Library to participate in YALSA/ARSL’s Future Ready with the Library project

October 16, 2019 (Magnolia, OH)— The Sandy Valley Branch Library, part of Stark Library, has been selected to participate in the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and Association for Rural and Small Libraries’ (ARSL), Future Ready with the Library project. The Sandy Valley Branch Library is one of 16 participants selected to participate in the fourth cohort of the project.

As part of the project, Sandy Valley Branch Library will work with Sandy Valley Local Schools to develop college and career readiness services for and with the middle school students in their area. The project is generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

“Children today are faced with making important, life-altering decisions at ever younger ages. One of those decisions is determining what they want to do for the rest of their lives. What career do I want, what college should I go to, should I learn a trade or go to technical school, what should I major in, where do I get the money I need, how do I make it happen? The choices are endless. That’s why it’s imperative to give them the tools and resources they need to make informed decisions, and this process has to start before they get to high school. Through this program, I hope we can get them thinking about and investigating their options so they are better prepared to answer the tough questions when the time comes.”—Lynne Herstine, Teen Programmer

Mrs. Herstine will participate in a two-day orientation at YALSA’s Young Adult Services Symposium in Memphis, TN on November 3rd and 4th, 2019, and take part in a virtual community of practice through April 2020.

From 2016-2020, the Future Ready with the Library project will have engaged with 80 library staff, separated into four cohorts. The project concludes with this fourth and final cohort. Learn more about the project on YALSA’s website.

To learn more about how the library will be serving middle schoolers through this project, please contact Lynne Herstine, Teen Programmer, Sandy Valley Branch Library, lherstine@starklibrary.org, 330-866-3366.




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 www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.


About IMLS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


About ARSL

The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL), is dedicated to the positive growth and development of libraries. ARSL recognizes the uniqueness of small and rural libraries and is committed to providing an environment that encourages excellence within this community of practice, supporting their goals of service and speaking on behalf of this important constituency. ARSL strives to create resources and services that address national, state, and local priorities for libraries situated in rural communities. To learn more, visit arsl.info and follow us on Facebook.



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