Great Stories CLUB
( Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens and Books)
About the GSC
The Great Stories Club (GSC) was a reading and discussion program that targeted underserved, troubled teen populations. The program reached teens through books that are relevant to their lives, inviting them to read and keep the books, and encouraging them to consider and discuss each title with a group of their peers. It sought to show that reading can be a source of pleasure, a tool for self-exploration, and a meaningful way to connect to the wider world. Its ultimate goal was to inspire young adults who face difficult situations to take control of their lives by embracing the power of reading. A project of the ALA Public Programs Office and YALSA, the Great Stories Club was funded by a grant from Oprah’s Angel Network.
Applications for the Great Stories Club on the theme “Second Chances” (Round IV) were accepted through November 14, 2010. Programs ran in 150 participating libraries from February 1 through September 30, 2011. You can view a list of the Round IV recipients here.
For Project Directors
- "Second Chances" reading list and book reviews
- Guidelines, application instructions, and FAQs
- Programming tips and resources
- Online application and final report (requires login, due September 30, 2011)
- About the GSC electronic list (managing your subscription)
Please visit ProgrammingLibrarian.org for reading lists and other support materials from prior rounds of the Great Stories Club.
Questions about the Great Stories Club may be directed to Lainie Castle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-280-5055.
This page brought to you by the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office.
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