Awards (Scholarships & Grants)

Retired ALA Finance Director to go the extra mile for Spectrum

CHICAGO - Gregory Calloway, retired Associate Executive Director of Finance of the American Library Association (ALA) will be raising funds for ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program by participating in the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate in Evanston, Ill on June 19. 

“Today more than ever, awareness of and actions to promote diversity and inclusion are extremely critical to the betterment of our society. Supporting Spectrum is more important now than ever! Join me in the fight against all kinds of harmful…isms,” said Calloway. 

ALA announces 75 libraries to receive Great Stories Club programming grants for at-risk youth

CHICAGO – Seventy-five libraries have been selected to receive training and support to host book club programs with at-risk youth as part of the Great Stories Club program, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

Created in 2006, the Great Stories Club strives to introduce young adults to accessible and thought-provoking literature selected by humanities scholars to resonate with reluctant readers struggling with complex issues like incarceration, violence and poverty.

AASL introduces Inspire Grants

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites school librarians to apply for two new grants made possible by the generosity of AASL member Marina “Marney” Welmers. The additions to the organization’s prestigious awards program provide funds for public middle or high school libraries to update their existing collections or plan a special event in order to enhance student learning. Criteria, eligibility and application requirements can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/awards. Applications are due Monday, May 23, 2016.

Fader to support 2016 ALSC Spectrum Scholar

CHICAGO – Ellen Fader, past-president (2005-2006) of The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has provided a generous donation to the Spectrum Scholarship for a  third year. Her contribution will support a student through the 2016-2017 school term, provide for a follow-up grant for a Spectrum Scholar alumnus entering the final semester of work in the Fall of 2016, plus discretionary funds to use towards job interviews. Scholarship recipients will be named in June 2016.

Resource center, schools and juvenile justice center selected to receive 2016 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants

CHICAGO – The Quinby Street Resource Center in Sharon, Pennsylvania, the Oklahoma County Juvenile Justice Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Ross Beatty Junior/Senior High School in Cassopolis, Michigan and the Muncie P3 Program in Muncie, Indiana have been selected to receive the 2016 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants.

Winners of the 2016 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries announced

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation will honor the two winners of the 2016 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries Saturday onsite at the ALA 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. The grants, funded by the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation, are administered by ALA's Games and Gaming Round Table and the Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Member Initiative Group.

Fifty public libraries selected to host 'Thinking Money' traveling exhibition

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, has announced 50 public libraries that will host a new traveling exhibition, Thinking Money.

Stephanie Hewett Rous receives AASL Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

CHICAGO – Stephanie Hewett Rous, school librarian at Corinth Holders High School in Wendell, N.C., is the recipient of the 2016 American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. Sponsored by Jay Toor, the grant provides 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.

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