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Promote and improve library services for young adults in Texas

The Young Adult Round Tables (YART) brings together TLA members concerned with the reading habits of teenagers and young adults and promotes improved library service to these individuals.

The goal is achieved specifically by:

  • Providing for and stimulating the professional and career development of personnel in public and school libraries;
  • Facilitating effective cooperation among library personnel in public and school libraries;
  • Identifying, developing, and maintaining library services that will meet the informational, cultural, educational, and recreational needs of young adults in Texas;
  • Working cooperatively with other round tables, discussion groups, or divisions with similar or allied interests.

YART offers stipends to cover the cost of attending the Texas Library Association annual conference and the TALL Texans Institute. Learn more and apply.

Feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Stay up to date and follow us online @YARTxLA!   YART Facebook YART LinkedIn    

Nominate a library worker for the YARI Award.

To learn more about the YARI Award, email [email protected].

Young Adult Reading Incentive Award

YART Volunteers

Thank you to all who volunteered! Please visit the Young Adult Round Table community on Engage to learn about new committee members and officers.

Ready to take your love of reading young adult books to the next level? Volunteering for one of YART’s reading committee lists allows you to help curate a diverse list of books that meet the needs of all young adults in Texas. You can also volunteer for one of YART’s executive board positions to help advocate for YA reading, publicize reading lists, work with publishers, and plan conferences.

Check back beginning August 15, 2024, for the YART 2025 volunteer form.


Executive Board

  • Lorrie Roussin, Chair, 2024-2025
  • Alexandra Cornejo, Chair-Elect, 2024-2025
  • Christina Taylor, Past Chair, 2024-2025
  • Dr. Rose Brock, Councilor, 2023-2026
  • Jennifer Freeman, Alternate Councilor, 2023-2026
  • Stephanie Galvan Russell, Secretary, 2022-2025
  • Wenndy Pray, Webmaster, 2023-2026
  • Amy Lott, Social Media, 2022-2025
  • Deborah Zeman, Publisher Liaison, 2024-2027
  • Candace Neal, Texas Tea Coordinator, 2023-2026
  • Melissa Rippy, Executive Board Liaison, 2023-2024

Reading Lists & Chairs

Lone Star – A reading list for grades 6, 7, and 8
(Jamie Henry, Chair, 2024-2027)

Maverick – Graphic novels for grades 6 – 12
(Dr. Rebecca Novotny, Chair, 2024-2025)

Spirit of Texas (SPOT) – Encouraging students in grades 6-12 to explore current, quality books by Texas authors and illustrators
(Stephanie Galvan Russel, Chair, 2024-2027)

Tayshas – Fiction and nonfiction for grades 9 – 12
(Shannon Whiteley, Chair, 2024-2027)


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