School libraries can win $5000 for humanities programming

RainingPlease consider this opportunity that the American Library Association shares below….maybe you are already doing something that is a perfect fit!

Application deadline: Feb. 1-May 6, 2016

“My name is Sarah Ostman, and I’m writing from the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office. I’m emailing to share a $5,000 award opportunity that I think your association may be interested in.

The Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award recognizes a humanities program, held by a K-8 school library in the 2015-16 school year, that broadened students’ perspectives and helped them understand the world.

Eligible school libraries should apply by May 6. You can find more award information and guidelines at or contact me with any additional questions.

The last award was granted to Perry Meridian Middle School in Indianapolis for its “R.O.A.D. I Travel” program, a genealogy project that taught students how to track their family history through documents, interviews and research. Information about this and other past awardees can be found on the website at

I hope you will share this information with your members and other colleagues. If you have specific libraries in mind for the award, please send me their contact information so I can reach out to them directly and encourage them to apply.

Thank you,

Sarah Ostman,Communications Manager, ALA Public Programs Office”

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