ALSC Summer Reading Program Grant

The ALSC Summer Reading Program Grant is designed to encourage reading programs for children in public libraries by providing $3,000 in financial assistance, while recognizing ALSC members for outstanding program development.

Current ALSC/Baker & Taylor Winners
Previous ALSC/Baker & Taylor/BWI* Winners

*The ALSC Summer Reading Program was previously sponsored by BWI, a part of the Follett Corporation from 2007-2012. 


  • Each application will be judged on the following:
    • The plan and outline submitted for a theme-based summer reading program in a public library
    • The committee encourages innovative proposals involving children with physical or mental disabilities


  • Applicants must:
    • Be personal members of ALSC as well as ALA; organizational members are not eligible
    • Submit program ideas that are open to all children (birth – 14 years)
    • Submit program ideas take place at a public library

How to apply

The ALSC Grant Administration committee is now accepting applications for the 2017 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant. Applications, Signature forms, and itemized budgets are due by November 1, 2016. To apply, please complete the following steps:
  • Review the paper application before submitting electronically [Paper Application--PDF]
  • Please do not fill out and submit the application until you have all the necessary materials to complete your application, including your itemized budget, and signature form. [Signature Form--Download PDF Here]
  • Contact the chair of the ALSC Grant Administration committee, Jennifer Smith, with questions at
Start the 2017 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant online application now! [<--Click the link to view online application; OPENS SEPTEMBER 1, 2016!

Announcement of winners

Winners will be announced via a press release on the ALSC Web site.

Grants Administration Committee Manual (Word)
Grants Administration Committee Manual (PDF)