Apply now for 2009 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant

Megan McFarlane
Campaign Coordinator
312-280-2148
mmcfarlane@ala.org

NEWS
For Immediate Release
August 12, 2008

(CHICAGO) Libraries of all types are invited to apply for the $3,000 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant, which will be awarded to the library with the best public awareness campaign incorporating the 2009 National Library Week theme, “Worlds connect @ your library®.”

All proposals must use the theme, which uses The Campaign for America's Libraries’ “@ your library” brand, on any and all promotional and publicity material supporting National Library Week activities.  Guidelines for using the brand are available on the campaign Web site at www.ala.org/@yourlibrary under the “download logos” section.

The grant is sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, and is administered by the Public Awareness Committee of the American Library Association (ALA). This year’s application deadline is Oct. 17.  National Library Week is April 12-18, 2009.

A grant application form and guidelines are available on The Campaign for America’s Libraries Web site at www.ala.org/@yourlibrary/nlwgrant.  Information also is available from the ALA Public Information Office. Telephone: (800) 545-2433, ext. 2148. E-mail: mmcfarlane@ala.org.

The winner will be notified and announced following the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colo.  Information on last year’s winner, the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, N.C., and the winning application can be viewed at www.ala.org/@yourlibrary/nlwgrant.

“The grant is a great opportunity for libraries to promote themselves. It’s a chance for you to really showcase all the wonderful programs and resources at your library,” said Tony Tallent, former director of youth and outreach services at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, N.C.

Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic, creates a multitude of products, both in print and online, for the school and public library market under the imprints of Grolier®, Children's Press®, Franklin Watts®, and Grolier Online.®  Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys.  The company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the company's Internet site, www.scholastic.com.