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Snapdragon Book Foundation Offers School Library Support

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Snapdragon_Book_Foundation_1.5x2..375.jpgSchool libraries in many parts of the country routinely face budget shortfalls and cuts. Unfortunately, this is especially true in poorer communities – in the schools where children could most benefit from a robust library and media center.

If your school media center serves a high proportion of disadvantaged students, the Snapdragon Book Foundation wants to help. For the past seven years, this organization (started by a former librarian, who understands the challenges faced by these important facilities), has been providing much needed monetary assistance to school libraries looking to expand their lending collections. If your media center is looking to purchase materials within the next nine months, visit their website to see if you are eligible.

Last year, the Snapdragon Book Foundation received 550 applications – and awarded a number of grants ranging from $1,500 to $15,000. Apply by Friday, April 15 to be considered for the 2016 cycle.

Knight Foundation Invites “Game-changing” Library Ideas

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knight.jpgEach year, any number of exciting award and grant opportunities are aimed at public libraries and Friends of the Library. As you’ve doubtless noticed, some are rather niche in their focus – not to mention specific with their eligibility requirements. Well, the Knight Foundation is trying something a little different.

As part of their “Knight News Challenge: Libraries,” the foundation is conducting an open call for ideas focused on advancing libraries so that our favorite public institution is better equipped to “serve individuals and communities in the twenty-first century.” The competition is open to Friends, other non-profits, libraries themselves – really, anyone with innovative ideas on how to improve the library world.

Select applicants will receive support from the Knight Foundation to help make their dream a reality. Assistance ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 will be provided to the winners. In total, up to $3 million may be awarded!

At this first stage of the “Knight News Challenge: Libraries” contest, they do not ask for a budget request. (This occurs during the second review phase, with selected semifinalists.)

It’s as simple as that! If you have a game-changing idea, submit it online any time between now and Monday, March 21. Visit the Foundation’s website to do so – and for further program details.

ALA’s YA ‘Great Stories Club’ Explores “The Art of Change”

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greatstories.jpgIf your library serves a significant number of at-risk young people (ages 12-21), the American Library Association encourages you to apply for the upcoming round of its “Great Stories Club” program. GSCG is a three-part, thematic reading and discussion series designed with this underserved audience in mind. The theme this cycle is “The Art of Change: Creation, Growth and Transformation.”

Curriculum: The three books chosen for this series are memoirs and semi-autobiographical works in which the young adult narrators make decisions about how to respond to the great personal, social, and cultural forces they encounter. Each protagonist moves forward towards positive change by, among other factors, their involvement in the creative arts. Each books raises important questions about we how respond to the very essence of human existence.”

Titles selected by an ALA panel to anchor Great Stories Club 2016 will be instantly recognizable to many:

  • Buck: A Memoir by M.K. Asante 
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 
  • The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

If your library is selected to participate – and up to 75 will be – you will receive eleven copies of each title, together with online access to professionally designed, customizable, and downloadable curriculum materials. One representative of each library will also receive a special training session during this year’s ALA Annual Conference.

If the Great Stories Club is of interest, advise library staff that applications must be received by Friday, April 15 to be considered. Click here for a thorough FAQ, and to apply.

Apply Today: Minnesota Academic Innovators Award

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trophy-award-icon.pngInnovation. Change. Transformation. Breakthrough.

Do you know an academic librarian or academic project team whose projects, programs, or services have made recent outstanding contributions that advance the mission of an academic and/or research library through an innovative project, program or service?

If so, nominate him or her today for the Minnesota Academic Innovators Award! Nominations can be made online through April 4, 2016.

About the award: The Minnesota Academic Innovators Award is sponsored by the MLA Academic & Research Libraries Division (ARLD). The recipient of the award will be recognized and presented with $300 at ARLD Day 2016 (April 29th at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum). MLA membership is not required for nominators or nominees.

Award criteria: Projects, programs, or services should demonstrate creativity, quality, and innovation within the context of an academic institution. Innovation is doing something in a new way.  Innovation can be a brand new idea or refining something that’s always been done with great results.  Innovation will be considered very broadly and is not limited to technology. Previous winners’ projects have included embedded librarianship, community outreach, and library assessment.

Please contact Jayne Blodgett with any and all questions.