Open Call For ALA 'Great Stories Club' Grant

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ALA's Public Programs Office invites public libraries and collaborating organizations to apply for the 2017 cycle of its NEH-funded Great Stories Club (GSC). Next year’s theme is “Nature vs. Nurture: Origins of Teen Violence.”

Unfamiliar with the program? Great Stories Club’s raison d'être is to give underserved youth facing significant challenges the opportunity to read, reflect, and share ideas on topics that resonate with them. The popular program has reached more than 700 libraries – and more than 30,000 young adults – to date

Grantees host reading and discussion events for curated book titles (usually for a core group of 6-12 young people) that fit with the GSC’s ongoing theme. Books, support materials, and support services will be provided free of charge

Competitive library applicants are located within or working in partnership with organizations that serve at-risk youth, such as alternative high schools, juvenile justice organizations, homeless shelters, foster care agencies, teen parenting programs, residential treatment facilities and other nonprofit and community agencies.

Click here to learn more, and to apply. Deadline to put your library forward for consideration is December 30, 2016.

Do You Know A Standout 'Paralibrarian'?

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c01e15a04bf5446b245f99b7561f0664_f269.pngIn many libraries across the country, prominent Friends of the Library double as part-time support staff for that same facility. If one of your number fits that description, consider nominating that multitalented colleague for Paralibrarian of the Year.

Each year, Library Journal honors one support staffer with this special honor. Sponsored by DEMCO, it comes with a $1,500 cash prize, reception at the annual ALA conference, and a feature in the March 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Criteria for consideration include: a track record of encouraging reading in your community, a clear commitment to free access to information, and a demonstrated ability to break down barriers between librarians and other staff.

Nominations must include a short (500-word) write up on why your Friend is a contender. Click here to learn more. Postmark or email your entry materials by January 10, 2017.

Apply Today For ALA Conference Scholarship

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Next year’s American Library Association conference (the biggest annual convention of its kind) will be held close to home. ALA 2017 is slated for June 22-27 in Chicago.

If you have been curious to gain exposure to the broader library world, there’s no better opportunity. United for Libraries, MALF’s counterpart on the national stage, is offering a scholarship to a first-time attendee. Courtesy of UFL partner Thrift Books, the recipient will receive full conference admission plus $850 towards travel and other expenses.

Interested? Applicants must secure a letter of recommendation from either the library’s director or a Board member of their Friends group. You must also write a one-page summary describing your Friends involvement to date. 
Click here to learn more. Direct questions to or (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.