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

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.