Grant for Libraries in Need

BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant:
Do you wish there was extra money to buy more items for your library’s teen section? Are your teens wishing they had a larger selection of materials at their public library? Then this might be your lucky day! The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is now accepting applications for the BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant. The $1,000 grant, made possible by BWI, will be awarded to up to two YALSA members to be used to support the purchase of new materials to support collection development in public libraries. The grant is also designed to recognize the excellent work of those YALSA members working directly with young adults ages 12-18 in a public library.

The committee is looking for proposals that present innovative ideas on how to expand young adult collections. Applicants will be judged on the basis of the degree of need for additional materials for young adults in their library, the degree of their current collection’s use, and the benefits this grant will bring to young adults. Other criteria, grant information and the application form can be found on the YALSA Awards and Grants website, Applications must be submitted online no later than December 1, 2013.

Bits and Pieces

I received several bits in pieces in my email account today that are very much worth sharing. 

From ALA Editions, I was reminded of Vanessa Irwin Morris’ new book The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Street Literature

Street lit, also known as urban fiction, addresses with unflinching grit the concerns and problems of city living. Controversial in some quarters, it is also wildly popular, and this readers’ advisory by street lit expert Morris

  • Sketches out the rich history of the genre, showing why it appeals so strongly to readers and providing a quick way for street lit novices to get up to speed
  • Covers a variety of subgenres in terms of scope, popularity, style, major authors and works, and suggestions for readers’ advisory
  • Helps improve library customer service by strengthening the relationship between staff and any street lit fans who are new to the library

Emphasizing an appreciation for street lit as a way to promote reading and library use, Morris’s book helps library staff provide knowledgeable guidance.

A free ebook is available for School Librarians/Media Specialists entitled  School Libraries: What’s Now, What’s Next, What’s Yet to Come.   Fifty authors have submitted articles that reflect on what school libraries are doing in the present and new directions they’ll be taking in the future. While there is much to read in this publication, I’m most interested in the section on reading as one of my goals for this year is to research ways to use the library to improve students’ reading literacy.

The ebook is available for free download in three formats:

– PDF for those who want to read it on a desktop/laptop – .mobi for those who want to read it on Kindle software or a Kindle device – .epub for those who would like to read it on Adobe Digital Editions software, iBooks, Sony Reader, the Bluefire Reader app, Nook, and most other eReaders.

While you can find the eBook on Smashwords now; in about 2-6 weeks, Smashwords will send it out to the major eBookstores (including Apple’s iBookstore, Barnes and Noble, Sony Bookstore, and others, although Amazon is in negotiations) for free distribution.    (Thanks IBLN for this information!)

If your looking for a new and different fund raiser for your library (or any group for that matter) you might consider contacting your local Barnes and Nobles for gift wrapping opportunities. Each year, Barnes & Noble offers not-for-profit organizations the opportunity to provide gift-wrapping services to our customers for donations.  Barnes & Noble provides the customer, location and wrapping supplies.  All your organization needs are volunteers and a donation jar.

If you’re in Indiana, you need to know about Super Learning in a Super State, pre-packed SuperBowl learning materials include lesson plans for grades K-12 promoting literacy, health and fitness, environmental awareness, community service and character education.

Looking for grants?

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. Seventy-five organizations will receive grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to participate in The Big Read from September 2012 through June 2013.

The U.S. Soccer Association provides grants supporting youth soccer leagues in low-income urban communities.  Funding can be used for playing equipment, field surfacing, lighting and irrigation.
Grant range:  $50,000 – $200,000.     Deadline:  November 18, 2011.

Two Grants

Making The Dream come true! The Corps Network is offering grants supporting service projects in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. The projects must involve a diverse group of volunteers and address conditions related to poverty in their community. Preference is given to projects mobilizing the greatest number of volunteers.

Grant range: $1,000 – $10,000. Deadline: September 23, 2008.
More info:

Furthermore…The Laura Jane Musser Fund support projects that build relationships across cultural lines in areas that include youth, community service and the arts. Grant range: $5,000 – $25,000. Deadline: October 1, 2008.
More info:

Grants for Libraries

The One World: Connecting Communities, Cultures, and Classrooms Program teaches
students fundamentals in diversity, respect for others, and building communities. The
lessons help children develop skills to promote empathy, dialogue, and respect. The
program includes a Student Journey Book that provide extensions and a deeper
exploration of the lessons topics. All lessons and support tools are available online for
download. To learn more, visit
Grant Opportunity
Summary: The Association for Library Service to Children is funding, “Light the
Way: Outreach to the Underserved,” honoring a library conducting exemplary
outreach to underserved populations, such as children with physical or learning
disabilities or who speak English as a second language.
Due Date: December 3, 2007
Award Amount: $5,000