Public Programs Office

K-8 school libraries invited to apply for ALA’s 2018 Sara Jaffarian Award

CHICAGO — School libraries are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

Nominations for the 2018 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming will be accepted until May 4, 2018. Applications, award guidelines and a list of previous winners are available at www.ala.org/jaffarian.

ALA, Dollar General Literacy Foundation announce recipients of $10,000 adult literacy grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation announce 20 U.S. public libraries to receive American Dream Literacy Initiative grants, $10,000 awards to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.

Public library staff in small, mid-sized or rural communities invited to free learning series on dialogue and deliberation facilitation

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA), the Public Library Association (PLA) and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) invite public library staff serving small, mid-sized or rural communities to attend a free learning series to learn to lead productive conversations in their communities.

Libraries invited to apply for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club pilot program for underserved youth

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites libraries to apply for a pilot of the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Great Stories Club (GSC), a thematic reading and discussion program series that will engage underserved teens through literature-based library outreach programs and racial healing work. The TRHT GSC is supported by a grant from the W.K.

Public libraries invited to apply for Revisiting the Founding Era funding opportunity

Public libraries are invited to apply for Revisiting the Founding Era, a nationwide project that will use historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s enduring ideas and themes and how they continue to influence our lives today.

Savannah, Georgia librarian receives national public service honor

NEW YORK – Today Mary Jo Fayoyin, dean of library and media services at Savannah State University in Georgia, was named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. Fayoyin is being recognized for her leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. She is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor.

Academic library workers invited to free dialogue and deliberation workshop at Midwinter 2018

The American Library Association (ALA), Association of College & Research Librarians (ACRL) and National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) will offer a free one-day workshop to teach academic librarians how to convene and facilitate community conversations on issues of importance to their communities and the nation.

Public libraries invited to apply for $10,000 American Dream grants for adult literacy services

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.