Awards (Scholarships & Grants)

K-8 school libraries invited to apply for ALA's 2017 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 2017 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming will be accepted until May 5, 2017. Applications, award guidelines and a list of previous winners are available at www.ala.org/jaffarian.

ALSC names 2017 Notable Children's Books

Public libraries invited to apply for the NASA@ My Library STEM initiative

Public libraries are invited to apply for NASA@ My Library, a STEM education initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underserved in STEM education.

The project is offered by the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and the Education Development Center. 

Twenty-eight public librarians chosen to attend PLA Leadership Academy

CHICAGO – Following the review of 130 applications, members of the Public Library Association (PLA) Leadership Development Committee chose 28 exceptional PLA Leadership Fellows to attend the upcoming PLA Leadership Academy: Navigating Change · Building Community, March 20-24, 2017, in Portland, Oregon. PLA and PLA President Felton Thomas, Jr. extend their congratulations to:  

Angela Reynolds receives 2017 Bechtel Fellowship

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee have awarded the 2017 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship to Angela Reynolds.

ALSC provides $60k in Strengthening Communities Through Libraries grants to 12 libraries

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Strengthening Communities Through Libraries minigrants. These grants are made possible by a Youth Literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The 12 minigrant recipients will each receive $5,000 to provide opportunities for STEAM learning during out-of-school time to children in their communities.

Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant now accepting proposals for 2017 award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is accepting applications from innovative researchers for the annual Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. The $3,000 grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct research, over the course of one year, that could lead to an improvement in services to any specified group of people.

Loleta D. Fyan Grant now accepting proposals for 2017 award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association's Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant, a grant for up to $5,000 for the improvement of public libraries and the services they provide.

Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award now accepting submissions for 2017 award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association's Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for Justin Winsor Library History Essay Award, an award recognizing the best essay written in English on library history. The award is named in honor of the distinguished 19th-Century librarian, historian and bibliographer who was also ALA's first president. It consists of a certificate and a $500 cash award, as well as an invitation to have the winner's essay considered for publication in Information & Culture: A Journal of History.