[OYAN] Apply now for ALA's Great Stories Club grants

ALA Chapter Councilor olachaptercouncilor at olaweb.org
Wed May 9 14:06:50 PDT 2018

Please excuse the cross posting, wanted to make sure libraries serving
teens saw this opportunity:

ALA is now accepting applications for the Great Stories Club, a grant
program in which library workers lead reading and discussion programs with
underserved teens in their communities.

*Read the project guidelines and apply online.
<https://apply.ala.org/greatstories>* Applications are due July 9. Up to
150 grants will be awarded.

*Program details and eligibility*

Working with small groups of approximately 10 teens, grantees will host
reading and discussion programs for up to four thematically related books.
The titles — selected in consultation with librarian advisors and
humanities scholars — are chosen to resonate with reluctant readers
struggling with complex issues like academic probation, detention,
incarceration, violence and poverty.

All types of libraries are eligible, as long as they work in partnership
with, or are located within, organizations that serve under-resourced
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. (Read an account of a former Great Stories Club grantee about her
partnership with a juvenile detention center.)

Libraries located in high-poverty communities are also eligible to apply,
though outreach partnerships with youth-focused organizations are still

*Themes and titles*

Participating libraries may choose to work with one or both of the
following themes during a 12-month programming period (September 2018 –
August 2019): “Empathy: The Cost of Switching Sides” and “What Makes a
Hero? Self, Society and Rising to the Occasion.”

“Empathy: The Cost of Switching Sides” will feature the following titles,
from which libraries may select up to four

   - “Flight” by Sherman Alexie (Read ALA’s statement about the use of
   “Flight” for this project.)
   - ​“Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation” by Octavia Butler, Damian Duffy
   and John Jennings
   - “All American Boys” by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
   - “Stuck in Neutral” by Terry Trueman
   - “March: Book Three” by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

“What Makes a Hero? Self, Society and Rising to the Occasion” will feature
the following titles, from which libraries may select up to four:

   - “Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
   and Brian Stelfreeze
   - “Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began” by Art
   - “Binti” by Nnedi Okorafor
   - “Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two” by
   Joseph Bruchac
   - “What Can(t) Wait” by Ashley Hope Pérez
   - “How I Live Now” by Meg Rosoff

*Grantee benefits*

Grantees will receive:

   - 11 paperback copies of up to four book selections (10 to gift to
   participants; 1 for discussion leader/library collection)

   - Travel and accommodation expenses paid for one staff member to attend
   a 1 ½-day project orientation workshop in Chicago (libraries selected to
   implement both Great Stories Club series will be assigned to attend only
   one workshop)

   - Programming materials, including discussion guides, related reading
   lists and promotional resources

*For more information*

Potential applicants may sign up for a free webinar to learn more about
this opportunity. The webinar will be held at 1 p.m. Central Time on Monday,
May 21. Reserve a spot for the webinar.

The Great Stories Club National Advisors are Allyson Dowds, Youth
Technology Librarian for Teen Central at the Boston Public Library; Anna
Mae Duane, Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut;
Jennifer Mann, Professional Librarian at Washtenaw Community College; and
Maria Sachiko Cecire, Director of Experimental Humanities and Assistant
Professor of Literature at Bard College.

The Great Stories Club has been made possible in part by a major grant from
the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will be administered
by ALA’s Public Programs Office.

Danielle Jones
*Oregon Library Association ALA Chapter Councilor*
*Teen and youth librarian at Multnomah County Library*
*My pronouns are she, her, hers*
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