Awards (Scholarships & Grants)

Tracy Drake and Kate Adler named inaugural recipients of SRRT Herb Biblo Travel Grants

CHICAGO - The American Library Association's Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) is pleased to announced that it has awarded its first annual conference travel grants to Tracy Drake, archivist/librarian at Chicago Public Library and to Kate Adler, director of library services at the Metropolitan College of New York. The Herb Biblo Conference Travel Grants sponsored by SRRT help finance attendance at the ALA Annual Conference. The $1000 award covers limited fees related to airfare, lodging, and conference registration.

Lewis wins 2019 MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded Cicely Lewis, School Librarian at Meadowcreek High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia, the 2019 Margaret A. Edwards (MAE) Award for Best Literature Program for Teens for her “Read Woke” program.

ALA announces participants in Racial Healing Circle workshop with AAC&U

Forty-two library workers and educators have been selected to participate in a two-day workshop to learn how to lead Racial Healing Circles, a transformative facilitation process, championed by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, that strives to help communities engage with storytelling, deep listening and relationship building that can support healing from the effects of racism.

ALA Council approves new Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Council, at a Sunday session during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits, approved the new Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity.

The award, which ALA intends to present at its Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., recognizes the staff of U.S. libraries who overcome adversity to create lasting innovative community service programs that inspire and connect with readers.

Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant deadline extended to February 8

The American Library Association Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) is excited to announce a three week extension to the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries  — applications will now be due on February 8, 2019 (previous deadline: Jan 18, 2019).

We are excited to have opened up this award to the larger library community in North America and we want to give additional time for libraries in Canada, United States, and Mexico to apply for a Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant.

50 public libraries selected for American Creed: Community Conversations programming grants

The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with Citizen Film and the National Writing Project, has announced 50 U.S. public libraries selected to take part in American Creed: Community Conversations, a grant program that will invite audiences to consider what America’s ideals and identity ought to be through screenings of, and conversations about, the PBS documentary American Creed.

Public libraries invited to apply to host Thinking Money for Kids traveling exhibition

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, invites public libraries to apply to be part of a national tour of the traveling exhibition Thinking Money for Kids.

70 libraries named for ALA’s Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

CHICAGO — Seventy libraries have been selected to participate in the American Library Association’s Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT), a thematic reading and discussion program series that will engage underserved teens through literature-based library outreach programs and racial healing work.

ALSC now accepting applications for 2019 Bookapalooza Program

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2019 Bookapalooza Program. This program offers select libraries a collection of materials to be used in a way that creatively enhances their library service to children and families. The materials are primarily for children age birth through 14 and include newly published books, videos, audiobooks and recordings from children’s trade publishers.