Deadline Extended! Apply for Great Stories Club Grants

Apply by February 15 for a Great Stories Club program grant!

The Great Stories CLUB (Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens, and Books) is organized by the American Library Association Public Programs Office (PPO), in cooperation with YALSA. Major funding for the Great Stories CLUB has been provided by Oprah’s Angel Network.

Connect with hard-to-reach, underserved teens by conducting a Great Stories Club reading and discussion program in your library. All libraries located within or working in partnership with facilities serving troubled teens are eligible to apply. Online applications will be accepted through February 15 (extended deadline) at www.ala.org/greatstories.

The Great Stories Club program reaches troubled teens through books that are relevant to their lives, inviting them to read and keep the books, and encourages them to consider and discuss each title with a group of their peers. By demonstrating that reading can be a source of pleasure, a tool for self-exploration and a meaningful way to connect to the wider world, the program will inspire young adults who face difficult situations to take control of their lives by embracing the power of reading.

Successful applicants will receive 11 sets of three theme-related books to provide to members of the book club to keep, along with online resources to plan and implement the program. To assist with program-related expenses, some libraries will also receive a small cash grant.

For a list of the titles included, guidelines and the online application, visit www.ala.org/greatstories. You may also wish to review the Great Stories Club Resource Guide posted on this site as you plan your library’s application. It includes helpful information about establishing partnerships with juvenile detention centers, residential treatment facilities, alternative high schools, and other youth outreach organizations.

With questions, please contact the ALA Public Programs Office, publicprograms@ala.org.

About Stephanie Kuenn

Stephanie Kuenn is the communications specialist for YALSA, where she is responsible for YALSA's web content, publications, and media relations. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds an M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in history and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She enjoys baking, watching sports, and reading. Her favorite book is "All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren.
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  1. Life is Full of Choices, and I choose to do this again and again, every time ALA, YALSA and Oprah’s Angel Network can help me. Thank you…

    Please follow the link for more of the story of Great Stories CLUB with McCracken County Public Library and McCracken Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

    http://circulating.wordpress.com/2008/08/13/life-is-full-of-choices/

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