Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grant

About the Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grant
The CSK Review Books Donation Grant was created to help build collections and bring books into the lives of children in latchkey, preschool programs, faith-based reading projects, homeless shelters, charter schools and underfunded libraries.

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Award and Frequency

Approximately 300 books by African American authors and illustrators.
This award is given out on an annual basis.

Eligibility

   1. Any agency that serves children or youth can apply for this award. This includes, but is not limited to schools, libraries, social service agencies, prisons or detention centers, churches or other religious organizations, and institutions of higher education.
   2. Complete applications must be received in the EMIERT Office by December 1, preceding the ALA's midwinter meeting. Recipient(s) of the CSK Book Donation will be announced by the close of midwinter meeting of the ALA.
   3. All entries must include the cover sheet provided by EMIERT.
   4. The chief administrator of the agency submitting the application must sign the application.
   5. Five paper copies of the application must be submitted to the EMIERT Office, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611 by the above deadline.
   6. Shipping and handling charges are the responsibility of the institution selected to receive the materials.
   7. Materials must be claimed within one month of notification of the donation or they will be donated to the second choice of the award committee.
   8. Recipients agree to accept all materials offered.
   9. Multiple copies of the identical titles may be awarded to more than one institution.
  10. A selected institution may receive materials no more than once every five years.

Applicant Responsibility

  1. Shipping and handling charges are the responsibility of the institution selected to receive the materials.
  2. Materials must be claimed within one month of notification of the donation or they will be donated to the second choice of the award committee.
  3. Recipients agree to accept all materials offered.

Application Instructions

  1. Complete the application cover sheet. The chief administrator of the agency or institution must sign the application.
  2. In no more than four pages, provide the following information:
    1. Describe the community served by your agency or institution; include demographic statistics.
    2. Explain why this community needs a collection of books by African American authors and illustrators.
    3. Describe your agency or institution, including your current services, collections and materials budget.
    4. Explain why your agency or institution needs these materials. Do you need multiple copies, or would you prefer one copy of each title?
    5. Explain how the materials will be made available to children and youth in your community. How will these materials improve service to children and youth?
    6. Explain how the materials will promote positive self-image of African American children and youth and/or broaden the worldview of children and youth.
  3. Mail one original and four copies of the complete application to:

    Office for Literacy & Outreach Services
    SRRT/Coretta Scott King Book Donation
    50 East Huron St.
    Chicago, IL 60611

    Applications must be received by December 1st, prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Contact Information

John Amundsen (Staff Liaison, June 30, 2013, to July 1, 2017) - jamundsen@ala.org
Work Phone: 312-280-2140
Fax: (312) 280-3256
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

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Selection Criteria

Applications will be judged based on:
 
    * The degree of need in the community (15 points)
    * The demonstrated need of the institution applying for the materials (15 points)
    * The extent to which the materials will improve service to children and youth in the community (20 points)
    * The extent to which the materials will be used to promote positive self-image of African American children and youth and/or broaden the worldview of children and youth (20 points)
    * The clarity and effectiveness of the statement of need (10 points)
    * The clarity and effectiveness of the plan to make the materials available in their community, including the demonstrated ability of the applicant agency to implement their proposal (20 points)
 
A committee appointed by the CSK Task Force Chair will review the applications and based on total number of points, determine the recipient or recipients of the materials.