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Kreutz Creek Library Receives Digital Equipment Grant

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October 15, 2019
Kreutz Creek Library is one of ten libraries nationwide to receive a $1,000 2019 Digital Equipment Grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).  The grant provides libraries in need with funds to purchase digital equipment such as video cameras, filming equipment, and iPads for teens to use at the library.  The grant is made possible through a generous sponsorship from The Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
 
 “With one third of US teens saying they watch YouTube videos all the time, the equipment was purchased with the intent of creating the opportunity for teens to make YouTube videos at the library,” says Kreutz Creek Library Services Coordinator Jennifer Johnson. “The group of teens I was working with are traditional print book readers and this project was a departure for them from the way that they usually interact with books.”  According to Johnson, they chose to create a video book trailer of Jen Wang's graphic fairytale, “The Prince and the Dressmaker”. It is one of 25 titles up for vote in YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten project at www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten.  
 
 
Local teens Katrina Rhinehart, Elliott Darby, Jonah Parrish and Ryan Keane led the Kreutz Creek Library project.  To get started, they met with a local videographer to learn tips and strategies to improve their filming and storytelling techniques. And then over several weeks, they planned content, filmed on location, edited, and then posted their finished video to YouTube.  “We all benefitted from direct access to digital media equipment,” says Johnson.   As a result of this grant opportunity, “the group that worked on the Teens’ Top Ten Project now wishes to create a Young Adult Book YouTube channel.” 
 
Interested individuals can see the teens finished book trailer at: https://youtu.be/woq_QjQtmrY “This is something that I might not have chosen to do with my teens at the library had it not been for the grant,” adds Johnson.  Thank you to YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.” 
 
 Kreutz Creek Library is located at 66 Walnut Springs Road in Hellam and has the distinction of being the first branch of York County Libraries.  It actively serves the community with educational programming, resources, and technology access. Generous community support through the “Imagine. Discover. Connect.” campaign is helping the library move from its 1970’s FEMA Trailer into the soon-to-be renovated Hellam Township building.    

 
About Dollar General Literacy Foundation
For years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided Youth Literacy Grants to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations in hopes to provide assistance in implementing and expanding literacy programs for youth. For more information about Dollar General and its Youth Literacy Grants, visit www.dollargeneral.com.
 
About YALSA
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.
 


Contact: 
Susan Nenstiel                                        
Branch Manager                                     
Kreutz Creek Library                                
66 Walnut Springs Rd                                                      
Hellam, PA 17406                                                                                                      
snenstiel@yorklibraries.org                                 

717-252-4080