2017 Light the Way Grant Winner
J. Lewis Crozer Library and Middletown Free Library Recieve 2017 Light the Way Grant
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced that J. Lewis Crozer Library in partnership with Middletown Free Library is the recipient of the 2016-2017 ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved" Grant. As the winner of the grant, the library will receive $3,000 for their MakerSpace Outreach and Programming project.
The Light the Way Grant, which honors Newbery medalist and Geisel winner Kate DiCamillo, is now in its seventh year. Although originally conceived as a one-time award, it has continued to be presented with the kind generosity of Candlewick Press.
With this grant, The Crozer and Middletown Libraries’ shared goal of expanding outreach and programming offerings for young people in juvenile detention centers will benefit greatly in the launching of a mobile Makerspaces program in 2017.
"The committee felt that this application really presented an innovative concept to an at risk community," said Lesley Mason, the chair of the Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers Committee, the group that administers the grant.
While Makerspaces provide opportunities for skills development, learning, and the design of tangible and useful completed projects, well-funded organizations are most well-positioned to offer these hands-on engagement and learning opportunities. Members of communities with economic and other challenges deserve equal access and the potential for developing skills and knowledge in technology, design and collaboration, as well.
Candlewick Press is an independent, employee-owned publisher based in Somerville, Mass. Candlewick publishes outstanding children’s books for readers of all ages. Candlewick's parent company is Walker Books Ltd., of London with additional offices in Sydney and Auckland.
ALSC, a division of the ALA, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,200 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit ALSC’s Web site at www.ala.org/alsc.