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.

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2013 Winner(s)

Ashland Public Library Ashland, Ohio

Ashland, Ohio

The Ashland Public Library in Ohio will partner with the Ray and Joan Kroc Salvation Army Center to provide materials to patrons who don’t have access to the library. The Kroc Center houses numerous programs and services for the homeless and low-income families in the community, and will post information about the collection and library services at the Ashland Public Library. Teen volunteers will also be utilized to read to children and assist with the library’s summer reading program.


Fletcher Public School Fletcher, Oklahoma

Fletcher, Oklahoma

An infusion of Bookapalooza materials will provide books, DVDs and audiobooks desperately needed by all students at the Fletcher Public School in Oklahoma to improve reading skills. New nonfiction and high-interest, low-level materials will motivate students and promote reading to assist in passing the state’s mandated reading tests.  The Bookapalooza collection will also allow for new books to be shared during the Reading Buddies program and for book talks during the monthly Literacy Assembly.


Pinson Public Library Pinson, Alabama

Pinson, Ala.

The Pinson Public Library in Alabama is a brand-new facility in a rural area that opened last year with 1,600 materials, a third of which were donated.  With a small budget and high circulation, this library will put the 25 cartons of Bookapalooza materials to great use.  By collaborating with the local schools’ annual reading contests, the Bookapalooza materials will encourage children to read and write book reviews for the school and library websites. The materials will also be used with another ongoing program with the Hand in Paw Organization, Reading with Rufus, where children will strengthen their verbal and reading skills by reading aloud to Rufus the dog.