AASL announces travel grants for first-time National Conference attendees

Contact: Melissa B. Jacobsen

AASL Communications Specialist

(312) 280-4381



For Immediate Release

January 13, 2009

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is offering 30 grants for travel to its 14th National Conference & Exhibition in Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 5-8, 2009.

The grants for first-time attendees of the conference are sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books. Those interested in applying can download the application on the National Conference pages at
http://www.ala.org/aasl/charlotte. The deadline for applications will be March 2, 2009.

"At Bound To Stay Bound we recognize the value of the professional library media specialist in our schools and take pride in being able to offer these grants to help further their knowledge and give them an opportunity to share their experiences with other professionals," said Bob Sibert of Bound To Stay Bound Books.

AASL President Ann M. Martin said, "AASL values Bound To Stay Bound Books’ leadership in offering school library media specialists the opportunity to attend their first AASL National Conference. I encourage all school library media specialists that have never been to an AASL National Conference to take advantage of this incredible opportunity. This is a valuable conference, as it is catered specifically for school library media specialists and their programs."

The AASL 14th National Conference & Exhibition, "Rev up learning @ your library," is the only national conference dedicated solely to the needs of school library media specialists and their roles as educational leaders. AASL National Conference will feature 10 preconferences, numerous concurrent sessions, more than 200 exhibiting companies, educational and school tours, a storytelling festival and special appearances by award-winning authors. For more information on AASL's 14th National Conference & Exhibition, visit
http://www.ala.org/aasl/charlotte. Registration begins Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.

For 89 years Bound To Stay Bound Books,
www.btsb.com, has supplied children's and young adult library books, both fiction and nonfiction, to school and public libraries. It provides books that stand the test of time in both content and durability and services exceeding your expectations.

The American Association of School Librarians,
www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library media services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library media field.