Applications Now Being Accepted for Baker & Taylor Awards, Banned Book Week Grants

While you and your Friends of the Library group are pulling together materials for your 2013 MALF Evy Nordley Award entry, here are two similar, recently announced award and grant opportunities you may find of interest.


Baker & Taylor Awards

The Baker & Taylor Awards – put on annually by United for Libraries (formerly ALTAFF), a division of ALA – recognize Friends groups and library Foundations “for outstanding efforts in support of their library.” The program differs from others of its sort in that entries can be centered around one specific project, OR describe a number of activities hosted by a Friends group or Foundation in calendar year 2012.

The number of winners varies from year to year. Each receives $1,000 and recognition at a high-profile United for Libraries event later this year

Judging is based on the following criteria:

  • Planning: Friends/Foundation, library, and community involvement; use of resources; appropriateness of the activity; and, measurable goals and objectives.
  • Implementation: Use of resources; public relations; task monitoring; and broad membership involvement.
  • Evaluation: Assessment of activity or program; measurable results.
  • Innovation: New idea or implementation; creative involvement of people; fresh use of public relations
  • Community Relations: Broad support by the community in planning and implementation.

Submissions are due May 1, 2013. Winners will be notified by May 15, 2013. Entrants must have current United for Libraries membership status. For more information:

Banned Book Week “Read Out” Grants

Is your Friends of the Library group looking for its next big program or event? This year, the Freedom to Read Foundation, through its Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund, is pleased to announce the distribution of grants to organizations looking to host an event in conjunction with Banned Books Week.

Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. This year’s festivities are slated for September 22-28.

The Freedom to Read Foundation is providing monetary grants to support “read outs” – public events at which people gather to read from books that have been banned or challenged over the years. (Other, related events may also be eligible.)

Among other requirements, applicants must include a planning and budget outlines for their projects, agree to record the event (if selected), and agree to provide a written accounting after the fact. Grants in a variety of sums will be given to selected candidates at the discretion of a judging committee. Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2013.

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