Awards (Scholarships & Grants)

Thirty AASL members receive Bound To Stay Bound grants to attend first national conference

CHICAGO – Thirty American Association of School Librarians (AASL) members have been awarded $750 travel grants to attend their first AASL national conference. Generously sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books, Inc. (BTSB), the grants will allow recipients to secure housing, transportation and/or registration for the 2019 AASL National Conference taking place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Ky.

Grant recipients include:

2019 ACRL Academic Library Impact Research Grant recipients

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the recipients of its Academic Library Impact Research Grants in 2019.

Public and academic libraries invited to join ‘Americans and the Holocaust’ traveling exhibition tour

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office invite libraries to apply to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition that examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. 

Jones County Schools awarded AASL Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant

CHICAGO – Jones County Schools in North Carolina has been awarded $7,060 as part of the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant program. The grant program, sponsored by AASL member and retired middle school librarian Marina “Marney” Welmers, supports public middle or high school libraries that incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster, fire, or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. Thirty-thousand dollars in funding is available annually.

Libraries invited to apply for Great Stories Club grants on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

CHICAGO — Library workers are invited to apply for the American Library Association’s Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT), a thematic reading and discussion program that engages underserved teens through literature-based library outreach programs and racial healing work.

Jennifer Sturge receives AASL Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

CHICAGO – Jennifer Sturge, specialist for school libraries and digital learning for Calvert County Public Schools in Prince Frederick, Maryland, is the recipient of the 2019 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. Sponsored by Jay Toor, the grant provides $3,000 in funding for the creation and implementation of a local public awareness/marketing campaign that promotes and positions the school library as a necessary resource in the community.

Public libraries in Connecticut, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia awarded funding for workforce development

CHICAGO -- Today the American Library Association (ALA) and Public Library Association (PLA) announced the names of another 36 libraries across five states, which have been selected to receive funding from Libraries Lead with Digital Skills, an initiative of ALA and PLA, sponsored by Grow with Google. The goal of the initiative is to ensure that public libraries across the nation receive ongoing access to free tools and resources to help everyone across America grow their skills, careers and businesses.

Winners of the 2019 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Announced

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation will honor the three winners of the 2019 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries at the ALA 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, DC, on Saturday, June 22, 2019. The grants, funded by the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation, are administered by ALA's Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT).

Author Ann Patchett to speak at 2019 PLA Member Welcome Breakfast

CHICAGO -- The New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett will be the special guest speaker, courtesy of HarperCollins, at the Public Library Association's (PLA) Member Welcome Breakfast at the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, DC.  PLA President Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne, PhD will host the Breakfast during which PLA will also recognize the recipients of its 20