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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.

2021 YARI Nomination Form


Winner of the YARI 2020 Award:

Amanda Cawthon, Youth Services Librarian, Pflugerville Public Library

Program: Diversiteen Book Club

Once a month, teens ages 12-18 are invited to hang out with other book lovers, eat cookies, and celebrate diversity in young adult books at the DiversiTeen Book Club. The books selected each month feature protagonists that reflect a wide range of identities and experiences. DiversiTeen provides teens with a safe space to discuss those books and how they relate to their own life experiences. Teens select the books they are interested in from a list of options compiled by Youth Services Librarian, Amanda Cawthon, and receive free copies of the selected books.

In an effort to diversify the ebook options available to club members, funds from a Texas Book Festival Collection Enhancement Grant were used to purchase 48 ebooks and e-audiobooks through Overdrive with a focus on #OwnVoices titles.


Activities have included a DiversiTeen Reading Challenge, wherein teens receive a button for every category they complete and a digital badge  to share on social media if  they complete the full  challenge. Other activities include the Diversiteen Double  Feature, an  event pairing  diverse  books and the film versions.


For the Summer Reading Club, Teens signed up for U Get What U Get Book Boxes and joined other teens for a Book Tasting. Participants sampled great new books specially selected by library staff, chatted with other readers and snacked. Everyone left with free books.

The club meets monthly and will continue as long as there is interest from the teens. Over time, the club members have grown from needing constant discussion prompts to leading the discussions on their own with little to no encouragement needed from the supervising staff. Their readings and discussions have touched on a variety of topics including race relations, bigotry, immigration mental health, LGBTQ+ rights and struggles, and feminism, among others. Club members have become more comfortable talking about challenging subject. Quiet club members have begun to speak up. More vocal members have learned to moderate their speech and give others a chance to be heard.


Amanda received her Master Library Science from Texas Woman’s University in 2010 and has worked as a Youth Services Librarian at the Pflugerville Public Library for 6 years. She currently serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Texas Library Association’s Spirit of Texas Reading Program committee.

Diversiteen Pamphlet

Diversiteen Pamphlet – Side 1

Diversiteen Pamphlet 2

Diversiteen Pamphlet – Side 2




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