Short Story Dispenser Initiative

Fostering creative community connections with public libraries and the Short Story Dispenser!

The Public Library Association (PLA) is excited to announce a new initiative funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: Fostering creative community connections with public libraries and the Short Story Dispenser! PLA will partner with French startup Short Edition to support four libraries in Knight Foundation communities to bring more than 80,000 stories to unexpected places via the Short Story Dispenser and encourage diverse writers to share their work via its content creation platform.

This initiative builds on a tradition among U.S. public libraries of implementing programs and services related to community engagement and literacy building. Public libraries have long been at the forefront of promoting and supporting literacy, literature and the joy of reading. Library staff understand that literacy and reading are foundational to civic participation, educational advancement and economic opportunity. More recently, public libraries have expanded programs and services that encourage and empower people to create and share their creativity through digital media labs, writing programs and 3D printing. This project contributes to increasing the range and creativity of programming and community engagement activities—including by reaching beyond a library’s physical location to deliver services in innovative ways.

The application process is now closed. PLA is currently screening the applications, and plans to announce the libraries that are selected to participate by early March. If you have any questions, please contact Brian Franklin at bfranklin@ala.org.