For immediate release | April 15, 2013

'Animation for the Next Generation' wins 2013 Loleta D. Fyan Grant

CHICAGO - The North Shelby (Ala.) Library’s animation and drawing program, “Animation for the Next Generation” has been awarded the 2013 Loleta D. Fyan. The library plans a six-week program with the goal of training community teens in 21st century technologies that will increase their employability and assist them as they enter higher education. The program will culminate in a short film made by the participating teens.

“The North Shelby Library’s 'Animation for the Next Generation' project embraces new technology to reach out to a target audience we’d all love to have—teenage kids—with a 21st century skill that is likely to provide career benefits and guidance,” said jury Chair Larry Grieco. “This is certainly in keeping with the intent of the Loleta D. Fyan Award and a great choice for 2013.”

This $5,000 grant, given annually on a competitive basis, is named for Loleta D. Fyan, an ALA past-president (1951-52), who provided funds for the American Library Association (ALA) in her will. The grant supports a project that will develop and/or improve public library services, will effect changes that are innovative and responsive to the future and have potential for broader impact and application beyond a specific local need. Applicants can include, but are not limited to, local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including ALA units, library schools or individuals.

For guidelines and a list of previous winners see:


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