Awards (Scholarships & Grants)

PLA now accepting nominations for nine service awards and grants

CHICAGO – Through the generosity of sponsors, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering nine awards/grants designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards include an honorarium; please visit the website for details on each award and nominate yourself, your colleague or your library through Dec. 5, 2016.

The awards include:

ALCTS 2017 Preservation Awards nominations sought

CHICAGO —Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) preservation awards. ALCTS presents three Preservation Awards, through its Preservation and Reformatting Section, to honor individuals whose work represents the finest achievements in research, collaboration, creative work, leadership and service in preservation or to support a new preservation staff member’s participation in preservation activities at the ALA Annual Conference.

Carnegie-Whitney Grant awards up to $5,000

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as "ReadMOre," a reading list for Missouri's state-wide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as "Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography."

Young adult authors to speak with at-risk youth as part of ALA Great Stories Club tour

CHICAGO — Five acclaimed young adult authors and illustrators will travel to public libraries, alternative high schools and juvenile justice centers around the country to speak with young people as part of the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for at-risk youth, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

ALA awarded IMLS grant to offer free community engagement training for libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office has been awarded $243,922 by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program for a two-year professional development project that will train library professionals in community leadership techniques like coalition-building and dialogue facilitation.

ALSC now accepting applications for 2017 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2017 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award. This $4,000 award, made possible by an annual gift from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing in honor of Maureen Hayes, brings together children and nationally recognized authors/illustrators by funding an author/illustrator visit to a library.

Each applicant will be judge on the following:

ALSC now accepting applications for 2017 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2017 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant. This $3,000 grant, made possible by Baker & Taylor, is designed to encourage reading programs for children in public libraries, while recognizing ALSC members for outstanding program development.

Each applicant will be judge on the following:

Applications for United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant now available

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friend Conference Grant through Jan. 9, 2017.

The United for Libraries/Thrift Books Friends Grant enables one member of a Friends of the Library group at a public library to attend the ALA Annual Conference. Applicants must be first-time attendees and must be active in their public library Friends group. The winner will receive a grant of $850, plus full ALA Annual Conference registration.

ALSC now accepting applications for 2017 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2017 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Awards.  This award, made possible by an annual gift from Penguin Young Readers Group and Random House Children’s books, provides a $600 stipend for up to four children's librarians to attend their first ALA Annual Conference.