Let's Talk About It: Love & Forgiveness (HISTORICAL)

About the Let's Talk About It: Love & Forgiveness
The American Library Association (ALA) and the Fetzer Institute, as part of its Campaign for Love & Forgiveness, present “Let’s Talk About It: Love & Forgiveness,” a scholar-led reading and discussion program for libraries interested in exploring themes of love and forgiveness in everyday life through classic and contemporary literature. Public libraries are invited to apply for grants to support the program in their community.

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Award and Frequency

Participating libraries will receive a grant of $25,00, program materials, an intensive training workshop, and an opportunity to participate in an electronic discussion list.
This award is not currently being given out.


*Public libraries may apply.
*Programs must be open to the public.
*Libraries are encouraged to partner with local community organizations to promote and plan their programs.
*Each library must designate a library project director responsible for all administrative project details.
*Project directors are required to attend the training workshop.
*Eligible uses of grant funds are: local scholar honorarium, travel by library project director and scholar to training program, books, program promotion, and program materials.
*Public libraries that have already applied for or received previous “Let’s Talk About It” project grants may apply under the July 15, 2008 deadline, provided they have completed their funded programming and submitted the final project report.

Applicant Responsibility

*Submission of three copies of completed application form, signed by library director, with all required attachments.
*Submission of two copies of a final report, including required statistics, submitted to ALA Public Programs Office no later than 60 days following the completion of the last program, or by the final report deadline.
*Reading and discussion sessions must be led by a qualified scholar whose participation must be confirmed in application materials.
*Required credit must be given to project sponsors in program and publicity materials.

Application Instructions

This grant is no longer available.

Contact Information

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Selection Criteria

*Clarity and completeness of program plan. All required information, including planned dates, times and place where programs will be held, anticipated attendance and role of program partners, must be submitted and clearly described.
*Qualifications of the project scholar. Each scholar should have a Ph.D. or advanced degree in English Literature, American Literature, or other related humanities subject. Current or past experience should include teaching literature at a university or college. He or she should be engaging and comfortable speaking before and facilitating discussion with adult audiences on themes related to the human condition, and in particular on themes of love and forgiveness. Scholar information should include name, title and two-page vita or bio.
*The library’s vision of the program. The program plan should describe how the “Let’s Talk About It: Love & Forgiveness” series relates to the library’s existing public programs and how the library envisions the program benefiting the community it serves (e.g., how the program will contribute to the community’s cultural life).
*Quality of publicity and audience recruitment plan, including explanation of the role of program partners. When possible, please include partner letters of support with your library’s application.