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Promote and improve library services for young adults in Texas

The Young Adult Round Tables (YART) brings together TLA members who are concerned with the reading habits of teenagers and young adults, and promote 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 Procedures

Executive Board

  • Christina Taylor, Chair, 2023-2024
  • Lorrie Roussin, Chair-Elect, 2023-2024
  • Amelia Lewis, Past Chair, 2023-2024
  • 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
  • Susan Schilling, Publisher Liaison, 2022-2024
  • Candace Neal, Texas Tea Coordinator, 2023-2026
  • Melissa Rippy, Executive Board Liaison, 2023-2024
Contact the YART Committee at and follow YART on social media for updates on our reading lists!           YART Facebook   YART LinkedIn

YART Reading Lists

  • Lone Star – A reading list for grades 6, 7, and 8.
  • Maverick – Graphic novels for grades 6 – 12.
  • Spirit of Texas (SPOT) – Encouraging students in grades 6-12 to explore current, quality books by Texas authors and illustrators.
  • Tayshas – Fiction and nonfiction for grades 9 – 12.

Reading List Committee Chairs

  • Lone Star – Michelle Marin
  • Maverick – Karina Quilantan-Garza
  • Spirit of Texas (SPOT) – Lauren Scott
  • Tayshas – Jessica Hedrick

YART Volunteers

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.

YART Volunteer Form

While we will keep this form active year-round, please complete the form by October 1, 2023, to be considered for 2024 positions.


Nominate a library worker for the YARI Award.


To learn more about the YARI Award, email

Young Adult Reading Incentive Award


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