Bookapalooza Program

About the Bookapalooza Program
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.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

Annual program offers a collection of materials that will help transform a library's collection and provide the opportunity for these materials to be used in their community in creative and innovative ways.
This award is given out on an annual basis.


Applicants must be personal members of ALSC as well as ALA. Organizational members are not eligible.
Libraries must be located in the United States.

Applicant Responsibility

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 12 cartons. Shipping rates may range from $200 - $500 when shipped at book rate.

Application Instructions

Please fill out the online application located on the ALSC website.

Contact Information

Ms. Ariana Augustine Sani Hussain (Chair, July 1, 2019, to July 31, 2020)
Jordan Dubin (Staff Liaison, October 21, 2019, to June 30, 2022) -
Work Phone: (312) 280-2163
American Library Association
225 N Michigan Ave Ste 1300
Chicago, IL 60601-7616

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Selection Criteria

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.