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Young Adult Reading Incentive Award (YARI)

Honoring a librarian for exceptional ability to motivate young adults to read.

The purpose of the Young Adult Reading Incentive (YARI) Award is to honor a librarian who has shown exceptional ability in motivating young adults to read by developing and implementing a reading incentive program for young adults in grades 6-12.

The award consists of an engraved plaque and a stipend of $500 to be presented at the TLA Annual Conference.


  • Development and implementation of a creative and effective reading incentive program for young adults in grades 6-12 within the preceding eighteen months.
  • Evidence of patron/student motivation to read and participate in the reading incentive program.

The Recipient

  • Must be a member of the Young Adult Round Table.
  • Must be a public or school librarian who has served young adults in grades 6-12 within the preceding eighteen months of the presentation of the award.
  • May be nominated by any resident of the State of Texas: self, school administrators, students, teachers, librarians, library board members, Friends of the Library members, parents, patrons, etc.
  • May not be nominated while serving on the Young Adult Round Table Awards Committee or for 12 months following terms of service.

Nominate a librarian for the Young Adult Reading Incentive Award

Honoring a librarian for exceptional ability to motivate young adults to read.

Click the button below to access the NOMINATION Form for the 2023 YARI Award:

YARI Submission Form 2022 2023

Please submit a copy of the submission form, the essay and supporting material by March 1, 2023 to: with the subject line YARI 2023.

Winner of the YARI 2022 Award:

Morgan Green-Griffin, MLS

Public Librarian, Cozby Library and Community Commons

Teen LitBox

Teen LitBox is a monthly reading incentive program for teens 6th – 12th grade. Launched in February 2021, Teen LitBox encourages teens to:

• Regularly visit the library
• Establish life-long reading habits, and
• Connect books to the local and global community.

Teen LitBox ditches the carrot and stick concept. Instead of working toward a prize, the personalized book selections and contents of the box are the prize. This reimagined incentive program keeps teens engaged with library programming and excited to read. The program was designed to support two pillars of the City of Coppell’s Vision 2040 plan: Perpetuate a Learning Environment and Foster an Inclusive Community Fabric.

While the Library had limited services due to COVID-19, the Teen LitBox program was essential for teen engagement. Even though the Library has resumed normal operations, the LitBox program continues to be a valuable service. Based on positive feedback and demand, we will continue this program indefinitely.

Program Spotlight

Teen LitBox Brochures


Teen Testimonials


Morgan Green-Griffin, MLS, CVA started her career as a librarian in March 2018 at the Cozby Library and Community Commons. She focuses on teen services, including collection development, programming, and volunteerism.
Green-Griffin earned her Masters of Library Science from the University of North Texas, and her Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Language from Texas Woman’s University. She is a certified in volunteer administrator. She serves on the TLA Maverick Committee (2021 – 2023), the leadership team of the Texas Volunteer Management Conference, and volunteers with Girls on the Run DFW.





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