Public Programs Office
For Immediate Release
February 16, 2007
Record number of libraries selected
to receive “Let’s Talk About It” grants
95 libraries, 31 states to conduct new discussion programs on “Jewish Literature” themes
The awards were the first of two new rounds of Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature and Imagination grants awarded by
Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature - Identity and Imagination is funded by a multi-year grant from Nextbook. Since 2004,
Based on the “Let’s Talk About It” reading and discussion model pioneered nationally by
A total of 95 public and academic libraries have been selected to receive Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature grants. For a list of participating sites by state, please visit http://www.ala.org/ala/ppo/currentprograms/letstalkaboutit/ltaiphase2.htm.
Libraries selected for the project are required to promote and present a five-part discussion series based on one of the six themes for a public audience. Each series features discussion programs led by a local scholar. Selected libraries receive training for the library project director at a national training workshop in April 2007; program and promotional materials; and a $2,500 grant to support workshop travel, program costs and scholar honoraria.
Of the 95 participating libraries, 18 will receive $5,000 grants to conduct two consecutive program series. Only libraries that received Jewish Literature grants under a previous deadline were eligible for the double-program series grant.
Nextbook is a national initiative to promote books that illuminate 3,000 years of Jewish civilization. Nextbook’s programs include: partnerships with public libraries and other organizations to create innovative public programs; a series of short books in which prominent authors take on notable individuals, issues, or events in Jewish history; and a Web site featuring a daily cultural news digest, original features, and annotated reading lists. Nextbook is a gateway to Jewish literature, culture, and ideas for Jews and non-Jews alike. For more information, visit www.nextbook.org.
Established in 1992, the ALA Public Programs Office has developed nationally recognized library programming models and initiatives, including "Let's Talk About It," LIVE! @ your library®, traveling exhibitions, film discussion programs on humanities themes, and more. Recently, it has established the Cultural Communities Fund, an endowment created to help all types of libraries across the country bring communities together through cultural programming (www.ala.org/ccf). More than 10,000 libraries and at least 10 million individuals have participated in library programming initiatives supported by the Public Programs Office. For more information, visit www.ala.org/publicprograms.