Grants and Corporate Partnerships


Welcoming Spaces National Forum
Grant cycle September 2019 – Extension granted to August 2022; Award LG-16-19-0110-19

ALSC received a National Leadership Grant from IMLS in the area of Community Catalysts. ALSC, in collaboration with the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) planned to convene a one-day National Forum attended by representatives from 12 children’s museums, 12 libraries and up to 24 of their partnering organizations to distill a set of best practices from their exemplary work serving immigrants and refugees. In response to the current situation with COVID-19, ALSC and ACM have postponed the forum and have received a one-year no cost extension to the grant to host a virtual event in 2022. In addition to the event, ALSC and ACM will compile the best practices resulting from the forum into a white paper, and broadly disseminate the best practices document to elevate these practices and encourage their adoption by libraries and children’s museums.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation


Strengthening Communities Through Libraries

In 2019, ALSC received a $124,528 Youth Literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to help libraries provide out-of-school time STEAM learning for children. ALSC awarded fourteen $5,000 Strengthening Communities Through Libraries minigrants to ALSC personal members in public libraries whose libraries are within 20 miles of a Dollar General corporate or retail location. This was the third year ALSC used its grant funds to support out-of-school time STEAM programming. Grantees from 2019 and previous years are listed below.

2019 Minigrant Recipients

Bristol Public Library (CT) - Christina Carpino

Broward County Library (FL) - Eric Gomez

Burbank Public Library (CA) - Cathleen Bowley

Calvert Library (MD) - Beverly Izzi

Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (NY) - Kathleen Powell

Cuyahoga County Public Library (OH) - JoAnna Schofield

Grapevine Public Library (TX) - Janis Roberson

Hamtramck Public Library (MI) - Katarina Quain

Lane Libraries (OH) - Celeste Swanson

Lawrence Public Library (KS) - Jennifer Cook

Orange County Library System (FL) - Bethany Stone

Roselle Public Library (IL) - Kristen Lawson

Springfield-Greene County Library District (MO) - Nancee Dahms-Stinson

Ypsilanti District Library (MI) - Jodi Krahnke


2018 Minigrant Recipients by Library and Project Lead

Attleboro Public Library - Amy Rhilinger

Carroll County Public Library - Dorothy Stoltz

Fairfield County District Library - Robin Gibson

GCLS Glassboro Library - Loretta Lisowski

Jackson District Library - Sarah Hashimoto

Judy B. McDonald Public Library - Mercedes Franks

Kenton County Public Library/Erlanger Branch - Lise Tewes

Lafourche Parish Public Library/South Lafourche Branch - Katina Gaudet

New Cumberland Public Library - Alana Bubnis

Northlake Public Library District - Marianne Ryczek

Orange Public Libraries/Wheeler Memorial Library - Jason Sullivan-Flynn

Rowan Public Library - Jennifer Nicholson

Show Low Public Library - Lisa Lewis

Skokie Public Library - Caitlin Savage

2017 Minigrant Recipients by Library and Project Lead

Aldrich Public Library - Sarah Costa

Batesville Public Library - Hanna Lee

Camden Public Library - Krystal Lancaster

Champaign Public Library - Michael Rogalla

Dallas Public Library - Amy Prior

Kenosha Public Library - Heather Thompson

Live Oak Public Libraries - Maryann Brickey

Marion Public Library - Elsworth Carman (Rockerfeller)

Martin Memorial Library - Heather Harden

Springfield-Greene County Library District - Nancee Dahms-Stinson

Winfield Public Library - Joan Cales

Woodland Public Library - Abigail Craig


Download the new Librarian Toolkit for Developing STEAM Learning Opportunities during Out-of-School Time

cover image Strengthening Communities Through Libraries Librarian Toolkit


ALSC is grateful for the generous support from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in support of youth literacy. With robust support of  El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), the Foundation has helped to establish Día as a nationally recognized celebration connecting children and books, Visit the Día webpage to find out more and to check out all of the resources available to incorporate Día everyday. 

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

ALSC works with corporations and foundations who understand the importance of library service to children and who assist ALSC in providing our membership with resources, tools, and funds to enhance their resources and outreach.  If you are a corporation or foundation who is interested in working with ALSC please visit the Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities web page to find out more about our initiatives, our corporate sponsorship guidelines, and to find our sponsorship proposal form.