teens: WHAT DRIVES YOU TO THE NEWSPAPER?

The Newspaper Association of America Foundation has started a major initiative to engage young newspaper readers. The Foundation has launched a YouTube contest designed to encourage teens to tell how they use newspapers in their lives—for anything from acing their current events test to making weekend plans. Entries will be accepted until Dec. 17. The Foundation will feature links to the most creative videos on its website, and the person who submits the best entry will receive a brand new iPhone and a trip for two to attend NAA’s Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. Read more about the contest on the Foundation’s website.

New IN author: K.C. Taylor

It’s not so easy keeping up on the urban book scene here in Taiwan, but I’m going to do my best. I can’t shake my commitment to literacy needs of urban teens!

I had a chance to glance at the Teen Library Blog and found out about K.C. Taylor, a fellow Hoosier from Gary IN.  She currently has a book out called Any Possible Outcome: A Book of Urban Tales.  Written for the teen market, the book comes with an activity guide and sneek peak. 

I guess that’s all I’ll get to read until I get back home.  Peace.

Library Resource Grant

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes, or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as “ReadMOre,” a reading list for Missouri’s state-wide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as “Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography.”

Applications must be received by November 5, 2007. Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2008.

For more information and guidelines, visit www.ala.org/work/pubs/Carnegie.html or contact Mary Jo Bolduc, Grant Administrator, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; Fax 312-280-5275; email: mbolduc@ala.org.

Librarian Publishing Grant

The Women’s National Book Association sponsors the WNBA Eastman Grant, which is available for librarians who are interested in learning about the relationship between the library and publishing professions.

The WNBA offers a grant of up to $750 for a librarian to take a course or participate in an institute devoted to aspects of publishing as a profession.   The grant may also provide reimbursement for such study completed within the past year.

The grant honors Ann Heidbreder Eastman, who was an active and prominent member of both the WNBA and the American Library Association (ALA).   The grant represents Ann’s commitment to education about publishing as well as her support for communication between librarians and publishers.

Librarians holding a master’s degree in library science or its equivalent and having at least two years of post-master’s work experience in a library may apply.   The primary criterion will be the likelihood of career benefit to the person taking the course.

Applications must be received by November 2, 2007.

For more information and guidelines, visit the ALA Website or contact Mary Jo Bolduc, Grant Administrator, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; Fax 312-280-5275; email: mbolduc@ala.org