Grants and Corporate Partnerships
LEGO® DUPLO® Read! Build! Play! Partnership
At the 2012 ALA Conference, ALSC and LEGO® DUPLO® kicked off the national LEGO DUPLO Read! Build! Play! project at www.readbuildplay.com which seeks to recognize outstanding libraries and bring reading-focused activities and resources to libraries nationwide. Designed for children five and younger, the LEGO DUPLO Read! Build! project blends early reading with construction play, encouraging youngsters to build along as their parents/librarians read simple, age-appropriate books.
Highlights of the Read! Build! Play! program include:
- Summer Reading List: To help parents lay the foundation for literacy, ALSC has created the LEGO® DUPLO® Read, Build, Play 2013 Summer Reading List. Featuring rich stories that are proven winners, the list has five books for children 1-3 and five books for children 3-5 (available at your local library). Combined with the Parent Activity Guide and LEGO DUPLO bricks, this unique list makes it fun for parent and child to read, build, and play along with stories.
- Recognition: In 2012 the most nominated library in the "Read! Build! Play!" project received $5,000 for books and supplies and the top 200 received innovative early literacy toolkits of books, bricks and more.
- Resources: Downloadable toolkit with tips, activities and early literacy information available for parents online today. Created in collaboration with ALSC, a virtual Read, Build, Play @ Your Library toolkit is available for online download.
- Events: In 2012 hands-on experiences were held at libraries and family venues across the US. The hands-on events were a fully-staffed experience where the LEGO DUPLO team led children through engaging activities that couple reading and building with LEGO DUPLO bricks. Approximately one hour in length.
The Importance of Play
ALSC and LEGO DUPLO are dedicated to promoting the importance of play in early learning. For libraries looking for more resource and research on play in the lives of young children, please visit our Importance of Play site.
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
ALSC is proud to partner with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in support of youth literacy and El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day). Find out more about how the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is helping to support the Día Celebration.
In September 2012, ALA announced that Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a Youth Literacy grant in the amount of $226,876 to ALSC and YALSA. The divisions will use this latest grant to support three important initiatives, El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), Teen Read Week™, and summer reading for teens. Please see the press release for more information.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $74 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.4 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about Dollar General, visit www.dollargeneral.com.
Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities
ALSC works with corporations and foundations who understand the importance of library service to children and who assist ALSC in providing our membership with resources, tools, and funds to enhance their resources and outreach. If you are a corporation or foundation who is interested in working with ALSC please visit the Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities web page to find out more about our initiatives, our corporate sponsorship guidelines, and to find our sponsorship proposal form.