The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is now accepting applications for this popular program, a way to infuse free books into your collection. You may remember our blog post from last year, highlighting the 2014 Bookapalooza award to Talahi Community School in St. Cloud! The award is a collection of books for kids from birth through 14 and includes newly published books, videos, audio books and recording from children’s trade publishers. Last year, this amounted to over 1,350 books valued at $24,000. Applicants must be personal members of ALSC, as well as American Library Association (ALA) members. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 1, 2015. Read the press release which contains needed links.
Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries. These grants are small ($10,000 to $25,000) and encourage libraries and archives to prototype and evaluate innovations that result in new tools, products, services, or organizational practices. They enable grantees to undertake activities that involve risk and require them to share project results–whether they succeed or fail–to provide valuable information to the library field and help improve the ways libraries serve their communities. Of special interest is that there are no matching requirements. Projects must begin on October 1, November 1, or December 1, 2015. The application deadline is February 2, 2015. For more details, start with the press release!
Adobe Software Grants
Educators at Title 1 schools are encouraged to apply for software and teacher development grants from Adobe. The program is designed to increase access to Adobe creative tools through the White House’s ConnectED initiative. In addition to software, educators also receive access to on-demand professional development, including webinars, workshops and collaborative courses to learn more about utilizing Adobe creative programs in the classroom. Prize: Schools receive access to a variety of Adobe tools, including Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements. Educators also receive access to online PD courses. Deadline: Rolling. For more information.
Summer Reading Grants
Applications for the 2015 round of summer reading grants are due January 1, 2015. There are two types of grants, the Summer Reading Resources and the Summer Reading Teen Intern grant. Twenty of each grant are available for $1000 each.
To determine if you are eligible, you must answer yes to the following questions:
- Is your summer reading program administered through a library?
- Is your program open to all teens in the community?
- Do you work directly with teens?
- Are you a personal member of YALSA? (To join, click here)
- Is your library within 20 miles of a Dollar General store? Find out at Dollar General’s Store Locator.
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