Evy Nordley is not the only library luminary to have their name memorialized in a library programming grant. On the national stage, there is ALA’s annual Peggy Barber Tribute Grant. Barber (1944-2019) was a transformative library leader who played key roles in the creation of National Library Week and the Celebrity READ series.

The Peggy Barber Tribute Grant awards $2,500 to three libraries to support their programming efforts. Competitiveness is determined in large part by a candidate’s ability to demonstrate an acute financial need (and, as a result, a general track record of under-funded programming).

Each year’s awards cycle is also themed. For the 2023 competition, ALA invites programming proposals which center around increasing library access to underserved or altogether new patron groups.

Public, academic, K-12 and special libraries are all eligible for consideration, as are Friends partnerships. Applicants must hold membership in ALA or one of its divisions, either at the institutional or personal level. Click here for additional guidelines and application form (due Wednesday, February 1).

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