Ten libraries receive gaming and literacy grants

Contact: Dale Lipschultz

Literacy Officer

ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services

(312) 280-3275



For Immediate Release,

April 28, 2009

CHICAGO – Ten libraries in 10 states from New York to Alaska will receive $5,000 grants as part of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries, Literacy and Gaming initiative, funded by the Verizon Foundation.

The winners, representing a broad spectrum of libraries – seven public, two school and one academic – will use the funds to develop and implement gaming and literacy programs that provide innovative gaming experiences for youths 10-18 years of age. The 10 libraries were selected out of 390 that applied for the grant.

The following libraries were chosen:

  • Anderson Public Library, Anderson, Ind.
  • Brewster Ladies Library, Brewster, Mass.
  • Cascade Middle School, Auburn, Wash.
  • Henshaw Middle School Library, Anchorage School District, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Indian Trails Public Library, Wheeling, Ill.
  • Manhattanville College Library, Purchase, N.Y.
  • San Pablo Library, San Pablo, Calif.
  • Sewickley Public Library, Sewickley, Pa.
  • Wayne Country Public Library, Goldsboro, N.C.
  • Weber Country Library System, Ogden, Utah

“These library gaming programs will help tweens and teens build 21st-Century literacy and learning skills,” said Dale Lipschultz, literacy officer with the ALA’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services.

The Libraries, Literacy and Gaming initiative is generously funded by the Verizon Foundation and managed by ALA’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services. Dr. Scott Nicholson, an associate professor in the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, is the evaluation specialist.