Beyond Words

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Welcome to the Beyond Words web site! Here you will find information compiled to help school libraries prepare for – and recover from – natural disasters, fires, or terrorist acts. You’ll find information for both your school library and your student population, including resources for students to read and use to prepare themselves and their families.

In addition to the resources found on this site, several organizations have joined to provide a series of grants to public schools whose school library program has been affected by a disaster. Grants are to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment in the school library setting. You can read more about the grants themselves – including eligibility, guidelines, and frequently asked questions – at

Sponsors of this site and the Beyond Words grants are:

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
The American Association of School Librarians empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.

The American Library Association (ALA)
ALA’s mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

Dollar General
Dollar General is a family of small, neighborhood stores delivering convenience and value on the basics.

The National Education Association (NEA)
NEA is the nation's largest professional employee organization, committed to advancing the cause of public education.