$5,000 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant Announced

Contact: Megan McFarlane

Campaign Coordinator

For Immediate Release

August 23, 2007

$5,000 Scholastic Library Publishing

National Library Week Grant Announced

(CHICAGO) Libraries of all types are invited to apply for the $5,000 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant, which will be awarded to a single library for the best public awareness campaign incorporating the 2008 National Library Week theme, "Join the circle of knowledge @ your library®."

A grant application form and guidelines are available on The
Campaign for America’s Libraries Web site. The application deadline is October 1, 2007. The winner will be notified and announced following the 2008 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. National Library Week is April 13-19, 2008.

The grant is sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, and is administered by the Public Awareness Committee of the American Library Association (ALA).

The 2007 recipient, Minoa Elementary School in Minoa, N.Y., promoted National Library Week by partnering with local businesses and municipal agencies. The library presented each partner with a sign to display outside its build featuring a customized slogan and the theme for National Library Week.

"Winning the grant allowed us implement a project we had discussed for years but were unable to do so because of budget constraints," said school librarian Sue Kowalski. "The program opened up partnerships in the community that will help us in years to come, and we are working on promoting it again this year."

Minoa Elementary School’s winning application can be viewed at

Members of the National Library Week subcommittee include Lisa R. Rice, chair, Bowling Green (Ky.) Public Library; Elliot L. Appelbaum, Lexington (Ky.) Public Library; Gordon Newton Baker, Clayton State University (Ga.) and Darlene Basone, school library consultant, Ohio.

For more information about The Campaign for America’s Libraries, visit