The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Honoring young people in middle and high school for outstanding volunteer service to their communities.  You might win a sizable cash prize, a trip to Washington, D.C., and a chance to inspire other young people to get involved in volunteering. The application deadline is November 6.


Go Orange for No Kid Hungry Essay Contest

Is your school, troop, sport team or club participating in Go Orange for No Kid Hungry and want to win up to $500?  Your group could win by participating in the Go Orange for No Kid Hungry Essay Contest.  In 500 words or less, participants must answer the following question: “Why is ending childhood hunger in America important to you?”

To submit your essay, email your response and a photo of you or your group rocking the color orange to  Title your email “2012 Go Orange for No Kid Hungry Essay Contest.” The contest opens September 9th at 12:01a.m. EST and closes September 24th at 11:59 p.m. EST.  When submitting your essay, be sure to include your full name and age.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three essays in two age categories: under the age of 15 and ages of 15-21.

  • First: $500 cash prize
  • Second: $250 cash prize
  • Third: $125 cash prize


DAR American History Essay Contest 2012: Theme – Forgotten Patriots Who Supported American Struggle for Independence

Focus on the groups, including African-American, Native-Americans, Hispanics and others who provided military, patriotic, and public service support of the American Revolution.  The contest is open to all students in 5th – 8th grades.

Dealine is November 9, 2012

For more information, call: Mrs. Mangelly at 706-798-1831


John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Essay Contest

Students are asked to write an original and creative essay of 1,000 words or less that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. Students should use at least five varied sources such as newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews, including one non-internet source, to address the following topic: 

Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a United States elected official that took place during or after 1956. Include an analysis of the obstacles, risks, and consequences associated with the act. The essay may concern an issue at the local, state, national, or international level.

The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas.  Essay submissions for the 2013 contest will be accepted starting September 1, 2012. The contest deadline is Saturday, January 5, 2013

YA@AL is having a great time working with ya’ll!

Our Home School Open House generated some interesting dialogue among attendees in relation to the presentation, The Library for the College-Bound Student.  Home-schooled young people got to meet each other and have some stimulating conversation, while parents in attendance asked questions regarding the library’s resources and services that can support their individualized curriculums.  Another session is being planned for November if you missed this one, so keep checking back for dates and times.

An enthusiatic group of college prep students at Curtis Baptist School also benefitted from the presentation which was delivered in class on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.  We look forward to greeting their members as they journey to the library for a follow-up visit intended to further reinforce the topics covered at their session.

The general public is encouraged to come hear the same presentation, The Library for the College-Bound Student, on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 3:00pm at the September installment of the Get Understanding Speakers Series.  This informational series held one Sunday afternoon each month at the Headquarters location features issues and/or persons of interest to patrons aged 11 to 17 years old.  Speakers discuss hobbies, college/vocational planning or present on community resources in a relatable way to and for teens.  Upcoming sessions include healthy cooking and eating for teens and a discussion of the December holidays celebrated by various faiths represented in the CSRA.  While the topics are geared toward teens, it’s actually a great way for the whole family to spend an enjoyable and educational afternoon together at the library.

August Scavenger Hunters on the prowl.

Congratulations to Caleb, Fredreca & Joshua, our 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place August Scavenger Hunt winners!  This month’s topic was Back to School.  As they excitedly searched throughout the closed library to find the answers to clues that helped complete their bingo cards,  High School Musical 3 provided the ultimate soundtrack for fun.  Who knew that Warren Buffet, the 3rd richest man in the world, graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?  Our hunters know now as most found the answer to this clue during their chase.  Everyone got prizes and food was enjoyed by all, so make sure you put September’s hunt on your calendar.  Friday, September 28th at 5:30pm is THE day and time you want to get stuck in the library.  Remember-you can’t win if you don’t play!

Keep checking back for periodic updates on what’s happening for ya’ll with YA@AL.  And that’s what’s up…

– Ms. Kris


Return of the

YA Ghost Story Writing Contest

 Story Submission Period: October 1 – 19, 2012



 It Came From The Library: Dare to…read for the fun of it!

October 14-20, 2012

Get Understanding Youth Speakers Series

Sunday, September 30, 2012 * 2:30pm * Headquarters Library


“The Library for the College-Bound Student”

Wednesday, September 19th is an early dismissal day for Richmond County Schools.  While school might be out early, YA@AL will be in the library.  From Noon to 4:00pm at Headquarters, special activities and a movie will be playing just for young adults looking for something to do on a free afternoon.  Today’s movie is Snow White and The Huntsman and October’s movie is The Avengers.  We’ll be looking for YA@AL on your free afternoon at the (always free) library.

Beginning Wednesdays in September from 3:00pm to 5:00pm is Study Hall in the YA Room on the 2nd Floor.  Reading a book that you think is “boring” for a class and want to get a fresh perspective?  Maybe you need to come up with an interesting social science project topic.  Looking for college information and scholarships? Come get assistance with papers and projects from library staff.  You’ve got to study anyway, so make it fun at Study Hall.

The hunts continue on Friday, August 31st at HQ!  Last month, we had nearly 20 Hunters join us for our beach-themed pizza party.  Since hunts start at 5:30pm, all participants must be in the YA Room at Headquarters prior to the close of the building.  Once this quest begins, it’s on!  Follow August’s clues on the back-to-school-themed guide sheets to win prizes galore.  All 11 to 17 year olds are welcome and we’re providing hot dogs and snacks as brain food.  Make sure to RSVP at or 706-821-2615 as to whether you are bringing teams of 2 or individuals to be paired with a partner.  Remember, you can’t win if you don’t play.

Happy Hunting!

Home Schoolers should mark their calendars for Wednesday, August 29th at 10:30 am for the YA Home School Open House.  Meet in the YA Room on the 2nd floor of Headquarters and take a tour of the new library facility.  Get a preview of upcoming programming and opportunities the library is offering youth 11 to 17 years of age.  View the presentation, The Library for the College-Bound Student, and become aware of all the modern library has to offer the home schooling family.  Core reference material in print, interlibrary loan offerings, as well as online services like Galileo provide sources that give a much more comprehensive view of your child’s assigned subject.  Our Open House will show you how to use all of these resources to your best advantage.

 RSVP to Kristin Eberhart, YA Librarian, at 706-821-2615 or

Check out the Friends’ Book Shop in the lobby for tons of books, fiction & nonfiction, including a homeschooling resource and parenting section.  Most books are only $2.00!  The shop will be open special hours for Wednesday’s Open House.

A contest seeking submissions for logo and slogan ideas is coming in September.  Young adults are encouraged to submit freehand or digital logos and/or a one sentence slogan that best represents the mission and spirit of YA@AL.  Entry forms are available online and will be available at all locations within the system by September 7.  The deadline for entries is September 30.  Prizes will be awarded to the winners at an announcement celebration in October during Teen Read Week.

 Links to enter each contest now can be found at:

Slogan Contest Entry

Logo Contest Entry

Teens interested in serving on the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) should submit their applications by September 30.  This group of 11 to 17 year olds will advise the library on the types of programming that will best benefit area youth.  Planning meetings are short (even Skyped, in some instances) and the major membership requirement is that youth show up to programs at either Headquarters or their local location ready to work AND have fun.  The first term runs from January to December of 2013, beginning with an Installation Reception this December.

To apply, pick up an application at your local ECGRL location beginning September 7, request one by emailing, or apply online at the following link

 Make sure you check out YA@AL this Fall!  It’s no longer just your parent’s library.