Bookapalooza program

Current Bookapalooza Winners

Creating a better future for all children through libraries is ALSC’s core purpose.  ALSC envisions a future where:
 • In every library, children come first.
 • All libraries acknowledge the importance of children’s service with adequate materials and resources.
 • All libraries recognize ALSC as a leader in promoting high quality service to children.
 • Libraries recognize and support the value of all staff serving children.
 • Resources, collections, services, and staff reflect the communities they serve.
 • The library’s physical space reflects the developmental needs of children.
 • Children and their families are being served by a variety of non-traditional programs and activities in off-site locations.

In keeping with this envisioned future, the Bookapalooza Program will offer select libraries a collection of materials that will help transform their collection and provide the opportunity for these materials to be used in their community in creative and innovative ways. 

Each year the ALSC office receives almost 3,000 newly published books, videos, audio books, and recordings from children’s trade publishers. The materials are primarily for children age birth through fourteen and are submitted to ALSC award and media evaluation selection committees for award and notables consideration.  After each ALA Midwinter Meeting in January, these materials (published in the preceding year) need to be removed from the ALSC office to make room for a new year of publications.

The Bookapalooza Program was created to find new homes for these materials. ALSC will select three libraries to receive a Bookapalooza collection of materials to be used in a way that creatively enhances their library service to children and families. Since ALSC receives such a wide variety and assortment of materials, we are unable to guarantee the format and quality of content of all materials provided.

Applicants must demonstrate:

Why the collection is needed for their community.
Why the collection is needed in their library.
How the collection will be used/distributed and how acquiring the collection will help them better serve the youth of their community in creative and innovative ways.
How the library supports equity of access for its youth patrons.


Each application will be judged on the basis of:
 • The degree of need in the community.
 • The degree of need of the library where the materials will be used.
 • The extent to which the materials will improve service to children in the community.
 • The extent to which the plan for using the materials is creative and innovative.
 • The clarity and effectiveness of the plan to make the materials available.
 • The clarity and effectiveness of the statement of need.

Members of the ALSC Grant Administration Committee will judge the applications based on the above criteria and choose three libraries that best fit the grant’s purpose.


  • Applicants must be personal members of ALSC as well as ALA. Organizational members are not eligible.
  • Libraries must be located in the United States.
  • Libraries must work directly with children.
  • All entries must include the application cover sheet, and information about the library as described in the "How to Apply" section below and in the application.
  • The application must be signed by the director of the public library, the superintendent of schools, the building-level administrator, or the director of the institution.
  • Applicants must agree to accept all the materials provided by the ALSC office, with the understanding that the collection of materials is targeted primarily for children age birth through fourteen and covers a wide range of formats including but not limited to picture books, early readers, non-fiction, and audiovisual material.
  • Shipping and handling charges for shipment of the Bookapalooza collection are the responsibility of the libraries selected. For the purpose of estimating shipping costs, winning collections are anticipated to weigh as much as 600 pounds and include as many as 60 cartons. Shipping rates may range from $500 - $800 when shipped at book rate.

How to apply

The ALSC Grant Administration committee will accept online applications for the 2018 Bookapalooza Program in December 2017! Applications and supporting materials will be due by February 1, 2018. To apply, please complete the following steps:
  • First, If you would like to review the application before submitting electronically, you can use the Bookapalooza paper application. [Paper Application--PDF]
  • Send a scanned copy of the Statement of Commitment Form to the chair of the ALSC Grant Administration committee, Hanna Lee, at [Statement of Commitment--Download Here
  • Contact the chair of the ALSC Grant Administration committee, Hanna Lee, with questions at

Announcement of winners

Recipients of the Bookapalooza collections will be announced via a press release on the ALSC website in March.