[OYAN] Great Stories Club: Reading Program for Underserved Teens (Apply by Nov. 16)

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Thu Sep 6 11:31:07 PDT 2018

Please pardon the cross-posting. FYI, the current program has different themes and books than the version for which applications were due last July.

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[cid:image007.png at 01D445D5.19D61C80]Hi,

"The ALA Great Stories Club is a thematic reading and discussion program that engages teens who are facing difficult challenges through literature-based library outreach programs. An expansion of ALA's long-standing Great Stories Club program model, the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) series will feature books that explore questions of race, equity, identity, and history, and support racial healing sessions with participating libraries, their community partners, and their teen readers. Both TRHT series - 'Deeper Than Our Skins' and 'Finding Your Voice' - are supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Participating libraries will work with small groups of approximately 10 teens; provide up to four theme-related books for each participant to keep as their own; convene opportunities for exploration and discussion of relevant humanities content among peers; and offer at least one interactive session for program conveners and participants led by a racial healing practitioner(s). Book discussions will be led by an experienced programming librarian, often in cooperation with staff from a partner organization or department, such as teachers and counselors."

Here are the main criteria of the eligibility requirements<https://apply.ala.org/greatstories/guidelines#requirements>:
Applications will be accepted from all types of libraries (public, school, academic and special) in the United States and its territories that meet one of the following criteria:

*         The applicant library is located within an organization that reaches underserved, under-resourced, and/or at-risk teens (e.g., alternative high school, juvenile detention facility, tribal library), OR;

*         The applicant library is working with a partner organization that reaches underserved, under-resourced, and/or at-risk teens...
Applications are due November 16th.

More information is here: https://apply.ala.org/greatstories/. Reading sections V. and VI. in the Awards Guidelines might help you decide if you want to apply.


Jen Maurer, MLS
School Library Consultant
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