Available Grants & Upcoming Events
PRIME TIME Family Reading Time
Created by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) in 1991, PRIME TIME Family Reading Time® is an award-winning reading, discussion, and storytelling series based on illustrated children's books. National expansion is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is a cooperative endeavor with the ALA Public Programs Office.
New Grants for this series are now available. Statewide organizations including state libraries, state humanities councils, centers for the book, and library associations are invited to apply. For the first time, applications are also invited from library systems.
Application receipt deadline: November 1, 2007
We the People Bookshelf on "Created Equal"
The We the People Bookshelf, a collection of classic books for young readers, is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) We the People program, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office.
Each year, NEH identifies a theme important to the nation's heritage and selects books that embody that theme to build the We the People Bookshelf. The theme for the 2007-2008 Bookshelf is “Created Equal.” Public and school (K-12) libraries are invited to apply online from September 10, 2007 through January 25, 2008. A total of 3,000 libraries will be selected to receive the “Created Equal” Bookshelf. Awards will be announced on March 31, 2008.
Application receipt deadline: January 25, 2008
Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature - Identity and Imagination
This popular discussion series now has two new themes and increased programming. Let's Talk About It is a reading and book discussion program that focuses on reading a common series of books selected by a nationally known scholar, then discussing them in the context of a larger theme. Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature - Identity and Imagination is a five-part discussion series featuring one of six themes.
This program is jointly sponsored by the ALA Public Programs Office and Nextbook, a gateway to Jewish literature, culture and ideas.
Application deadline for programs to be hosted in 2008-2009: December 3, 2007
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