Video features Libraries, Literacy and Gaming grant recipient

Contact: Steve Zalusky

Manager of Communications,

ALA Public Information Office

(312) 280-1546

For Immediate Release

August 4, 2009

CHICAGO – A video featuring one of the libraries to receive a grant through the American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries, Literacy and Gaming initiative, funded by the Verizon Foundation, can be seen by visiting Visibility @ your library,

Ten libraries in 10 states from New York to Alaska received $5,000 grants. 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.

Among the libraries chosen was the Indian Trails Public Library of Wheeling, Ill. The video contains a visit to the library and features library officials talking about how they heard about and obtained the grant, as well as their plans for using it.

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.

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