Awards (Scholarships & Grants)

John Cotton Dana Award

2024 John Cotton Dana Awards Announced

The 2024 John Cotton Dana (JCD) Award winners, recognized for their strategic communications efforts, have been selected. The John Cotton Dana Awards provide up to eight grants for libraries that demonstrate outstanding library public relations. The award...

Carnegie Whitney Grant 2024 award winners

The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation, either in print and/or electronically, of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of...

Arlene Laverde, School Librarian, and Charlene Levi, Joshua Krinsky, and Chris Morrison, History Teachers

“The First Amendment and the Freedom to Read” receives AASL Roald Dahl's Miss Honey Social Justice Award

“The First Amendment and the Freedom to Read” project from Townsend Harris High School in Flushing, New York, is the recipient of the 2024 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Roald Dahl's Miss Honey Social Justice Award. Sponsored by Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Random House, the Roald Dahl Award recognizes collaboration between school librarians and teachers in the instruction of social justice using school library resources.

Wendy Gassaway

Wendy Gassaway receives AASL Innovative Reading Grant

Wendy Gassaway, school librarian at Alder Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, is the recipient of the 2024 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant. Sponsored by Capstone, the $2,500 grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children that motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.

Hutchinson Memorial Library awarded 2024 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has awarded the 2024 ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant to the Hutchinson Memorial Library in Randolph, Wisconsin. The grant encourages outstanding summer reading programs by providing financial assistance while recognizing ALSC members for outstanding program development.

Emma K. McNamara and Don Michael Jr. are the 2024 recipients of the SRRT’s Conference Travel Grants

The Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) of the American Library Association has named Emma K. McNamara and Don Michael Jr. as the 2024 winners of the SRRT Conference Travel Grants to attend the upcoming 2024 ALA Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. The SRRT Conference Travel Grants sponsored by the Social Responsibilities Round Table help finance SRRT member attendance at the ALA Annual Conference. The $1000 award covers limited fees related to airfare, lodging, and conference registration. SRRT funds up to two applicants per year.

ALA announces applications for second year of the Building Library Capacity Grants

The American Library Association (ALA) announces the opening of the second year of the ALA Building Library Capacity Grants that will provide grants to libraries serving incarcerated persons or assisting those re-entering society. Up to sixteen $10,000 grants will be given to successful applicants nationwide. The application site is open now. The application deadline is April 12, 2024, with awards announced at the end of May.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities

ALA awards $3.6 million in library accessibility funding to 310 small and rural libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the second round of recipients of its Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Accessible Small and Rural Communities grant, an initiative to help small and rural libraries increase the accessibility of facilities, services and programs to better serve people with disabilities. The 310 funded proposals represent 45 U.S. states. Of the selected libraries, 62 percent serve communities of less than 5,000 people.


American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities Initiative Receives Additional $10 Million in Funding

The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that it has received $10 million in support of its Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative to continue providing libraries with tools and resources to serve people with disabilities. A substantial portion of the funding – $7 million – will be distributed in grants of $10,000 and $20,000 to small and rural libraries.

Sally Miller receives YALSA's Joann Sweetland Lum Memorial Grant

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has named Sally Miller, a librarian at Walt Morey Middle School in Troutdale, Oregon as the recipient of this year's Joann Sweetland Lum Memorial Grant, which aims to recognize a librarian who...