Libraries, Friends Encouraged to Apply for Talk Story Mini-Grants

talkstory.jpgPublic and cultural institutions celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month each year in May, and Native American Heritage Month each year in November. Both occasions offer wonderful opportunities for libraries to acknowledge and honor the contributions of these sometimes overlooked ethnic groups.

But why limit yourself to just one month?

ALA, in partnership with the American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), is pleased to offer public libraries $600 mini-grants to host 2014 programming showcasing the books, oral traditions, and historical art styles of these rich cultures. This grant program, now in its fifth year, is aptly titled Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture.

All American libraries and community organizations dedicated to serving children and/or families are eligible for a Talk Story mini-grant, and applying is easy! Click here for full details.

Applications for the 2014 annual cycle must be received by Saturday, February 15. Applicants will be notified and winners announced on or around Tuesday. All grants awarded must be used by Sunday, November 30.

Nota Bene: Grants are bestowed based principally on financial need and on creativity and originality of program design.