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Volume 26, Number 5 — May 2019

Stories to Service Teen Volunteer Program at JCPL

April 10, 2018

The Johnson City Public Library has been selected as one of four nationwide winners of the Young Adult Library Services Association Symposium Programming Contest. Each winner will receive $1,500 to implement a program inspired by the 2017 YALSA Symposium. Funding for the challenge was provided through a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Beginning in the spring of 2018, this grant will fund a new program at the library for teens called Stories to Service. Stories to Service will offer unique community engagement opportunities for teens each quarter by combining a book club and a service project. The project will include the formation of a new teen volunteer committee who will assist the teen librarian with selecting and planning each service project.

Additional teen volunteers may participate in both the community service project and book club, which will include a book selection intended to help teens further engage with the community service project. Teen Librarian Katelyn Wolfe says “Our current teen participants and I are incredibly excited about the opportunities that this grant will provide us. We can’t wait to begin Stories to Service and to find ways to learn about our community and help others.”

As one of the grant winning programs, Johnson City Public Library’s Stories to Service program will be featured on YALSA’s programming site, Teen Programming HQ, at

For questions about the Stories to Service program or to apply for the planning committee, contact Katelyn Wolfe at 423-434-4454.