GO GIRL: grants and more!!

You go, girl! GoGirlGo! Grants fund sports and physical activity programs for girls, especially economically disadvantaged girls and girls living within populations with high rates of high risk behaviors.

A total of $430,000
will be awarded through multiple grants. Deadline: May 9, 2008.
More info: http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/cgi-bin/iowa/funding/featured.html?record=40.

Also available from the Women’s Sports Foundation:  Education kits for coaches and teachers.

Diversity Grant Exentsion–ALA

The Office for Diversity has extended its deadline for proposals for the 2008 Diversity Research Grants from April 30 to May 19, 2008. Applicants must be current ALA members, and 2008 proposals must address
one of three identified topics:

* The Impact of Rapidly Shifting Demographics on Information Needs, Services and Strategies
* Diversity and Library Services to LGBTQ Communities
* The Impact of Library 2.0 Initiatives on Services to Under-Served Populations

Since 2002, the office has sponsored the program to address critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity issues within library and information science. The application deadline is May 19, 2008.  Only proposals
demonstrating relevance to the 2008 research topics will be considered.

The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2,000 award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at ALA Annual Conference. One proposal will be chosen from within each of this
year’s topics for a total of three awards. Grant recipients will be expected to compile the results of their research into a paper and will be asked to present and publish the final product in conjunction with
the ALA.

A complete proposal must include the following: a cover letter, one-page vita for each of the researchers involved, a concise abstract of the project and a description of the project detailing the justification and
needs for the research project, research objectives, expected outcomes and benefits, budget plan and timeline. For a complete list of the criterion on which proposals will be evaluated, please visit:

Persons submitting a proposal must be current ALA members. If you are not presently a member of ALA, but wish to submit a proposal please visit http://www.ala.org/membership/ for information on becoming a
member. Applicants must supply membership ID numbers with proposals.

Electronic submissions are preferred and should be submitted in a Word document attachment. Email electronic submissions to diversity@ala.org. Mailed submissions should be sent to the

ALA Office for Diversity, Attn: Gwendolyn Prellwitz, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611.
For more information, please email diversity@ala.org or call
1.800.545.2433 ext. 5048.

Site to Let you Feed The world

Sometimes I think it’s kinda silly that you have to click on a website for these folks to give away food they must already have (because they’re not receiving a donation from the click!!) but …whatever… let’s get to clicking!

http://www.worldofgood.com/sn/f – 5 cents a click!

http://www.freerice.com – Feed Rice!

http://www.freeflour.com – Feed Flour!

http://children.care2.com – Feed Children!


http://www.bhook.com/ – Feed People in India!

http://www.clickbokin.ekokoro.jp/50.html – Feed People!

http://www.feedsa.co.za – Feed People!

http://www.hungerfighters.com – Feed People!

http://www.hungrychildren.com – Feed Children!

http://www.clickbokin.ekokoro.jp/floq.html – Poor kids fed!


http://www.pajacyk.pl/ – Feed People!

http://www.porloschicos.com/PorLosChicos.NET/index_english.htm – Feed!

http://www.thehungersite.com – Feed People!

http://www.youthnoise.com/page.php?page_id=2335 – Feed People!

http://www.okruszek.org.pl/ – Feed a Homeless person!

http://www.chintai.net/contribution/index.html – Donate to MSF!

http://www.kct-uk.org/click/ – Donate Cups of Tea!

http://www.worldhunger.org/contributefood.htm – Help Feed!

http://www.spendu.org/beta/index.php – More free Rice to give!

http://www.greinermaltz.com/ Feed homeless people!

Register Now!

Show your support of teens and literature by registering for Teen Read
Week, Books with Bite @ your library, online at www.ala.org/teenread.
More information, including registration benefits, can be found at
www.ala.org/teenread. Teen Read Week is Oct. 12-18.

Registrants will have access to this year’s logo and YALSA’s
pocket-sized Books with Bite pamphlet, recommending themed reads for
teens, as well as special offers from our Corporate Sponsor, Mirrorstone
Books, and our Promotional Partners.

When you register, please indicate if you would like to participate in
the WrestleMania Reading Challenge. YALSA & World Wrestling
Entertainment’s WrestleMania Reading Challenge is a program designed to
encourage teens to continue their reading beyond TRW and earn a reward
for doing so by offering chance to win prizes donated by WWE —
including $2,000 cash for your library.

Engaging Teens Conference

Less than three weeks until the first-ever Engaging Teens Conference 2008,
which takes place on May 8-9, 2008. This event is co-sponsored by OCLC Eastern
and SOLINET and is intended for those involved in teen programming in
libraries, educators and other professionals who work with teens. You won’t
want to miss this opportunity to come together, network and learn about
strategies, trends and resources to connect and inspire today’s youth.

Hear from nationally recognized speakers, including:

* Michele Gorman, Teen Services Manger at Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
Public Library of Charlotte, North Carolina will present a workshop “This Ain’t
Your Mama’s Library: Technology, Radical Trust, and the Role of Social
Networking for Teens in Today’s 21st Century Library”

* Kevin Cherry, Senior Program Officer from The Institute of Museum and Library
Services (IMLS), will discuss award-winning grants in teen development and how
to apply for a national grant

* Cathy De Rosa, OCLC Vice-President for the Americas and Global Vice President
of Marketing, will discuss teens, technology and the mashed up library

* Elyse Adler, Research and Special Projects Administrator of the Nashville
Public Library of Nashville, Tennessee, will talk about their award-winning
teen program, TOTAL

* Linda Holtslander, Division Manager for Development, Programming and Public
Relations for Loudoun County Public Library of Loudoun County, Virginia, will
showcase what they did to receive the John Cotton Dana Award for “Hanging Out
Rocks!”, a campaign that responded to the needs of teens in their growing
county by giving them a place that they could call their own.

* Hedra Packman, Director of Library Services at the Free Public Library of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will talk about their $1 million IMLS Laura Bush
21st Century Grant on recruiting the next generation of youth and teen

H.W. Wilson will graciously provide lunch to attendees on May 8. We’re also
pleased to announce that YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association, a
division of American Library Association) will host a happy hour from 4:00 p.m.
– 6:00 p.m. on May 8. YALSA representatives will also lead a roundtable
discussion, Engaging Teens at the Grassroots Level, on May 9. The time and
location of the happy hour will be announced at the conference.

Engaging Teens conference 2008
May 8-9, 2008
Arlington Public Library in Arlington, Virginia
Full conference $170
Single-day attendance $100


Illiteracy in Mali

In 2000 the Malian government signed on to the United Nations Education for All goals to help 50% more adults become literate by 2015, but eight years on still only 30% of Malian adults can read or write, and the government is yet to outline its strategy to address the problem.

“We have very low literacy rates in all languages here in Mali, and we know we need to make much faster progress,” Oumar Cissé, communications adviser at the Mali Ministry for Women and Children, told IRIN news.

Mali is just one of six countries (alongside Niger, Chad, Ethiopia, Mozambique and Afghanistan) in which under 40% of adults are literate, according to UNICEF. Read more about the daunting challenges facing Mali at IRIN News online.


Functioning Illiterate

crossposted in “Chikky Soup Meets Stinky Tofu

It was quite a revelation when my friend, Flame, commented that we are functional illiterates. Here we are intelligent women, degreed educators who have raised children, maintain our own finances and who love to read. Yet, we are functionally illiterate in this society. Flame has been here longer than I and she can communicate basic needs and I believe she can read some characters. Neither of us can read, write or compute in this society above a 4th grade level.

I hate getting local train tickets because there are no numbers or English writing on them that I can read and I don’t know how to ask for tickets for the other trains. I usually remember to ask “Time?” and the ticket agent with write the time on the back for me. When I make a purchase at 7-11, I usually know the order of the questions and can tell them I want my food heated and that I don’t need a bag. After I request my ‘dom bing’ at the breakfast shop, I have no idea what the clerk is asking me and I just shrug. My students come into my classroom excited and eager to share some news, but I shrug and say “English, English!” They’ve heard me say one or two words (words mind you, not sentences!) in Mandarin and I think they think I’m catching on!

Because I don’t know the language, people watch out for me as if I’m a child. I certainly appreciate it, but I’m finding ways to cope, in many of the same ways people in any society do who cannot read or write. Yet, like them, I remain on the fringes of society unable to attain a full level of participation. I have no idea what events occur in my school outside the classroom routine. I only know the names of three streets in this city and am unable to direct anyone to my home. I’ve had the phone I’ve been lent converted to English and I’ve stocked it with names and phone numbers of people all over this country. Every time I meet someone who is fairly fluent in English, they give me their name and number so that I can call them for help. Illiteracy allows no room for independence. Ah, the power of reading! of information! of language!