Great Stories CLUB applications due Friday

The ALA Public Programs Office and YALSA are accepting applications for the next round of Great Stories CLUB grants.’  Electronic applications will be accepted through November 14 at www.ala.org/greatstories. Funding was provided for this program by Oprah’s Angel Network.

Launched in 2005, the Great Stories CLUB (Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens and Books) is a reading and discussion program designed to reach underserved, troubled teen populations through books that are relevant to their lives.’  All types of libraries (public, school, academic and special) located within or working in partnership with facilities serving troubled teens in the United States and its territories are eligible to apply for a Great Stories Club grant.

Following the application process, 230 libraries will be selected to develop a book discussion program for teens based on the three theme-related titles and will be given copies of the books to share with each participant. Participating libraries will also receive access to an online toolkit to support the program, including sample discussion questions, recommended titles for further reading, downloadable bookmark art and other resources. Small cash grants ($100-$200) will be awarded to up to 25 sites for the support of program-related expenses.

YALSA’s Outreach to Young Adults with Special Needs Committee selected “Breaking Boundaries” as the 2009 Great Stories Club theme, along with the following titles:

  • Luna by Julie Anne Peters (Little, Brown Young Readers, 2004)
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Little, Brown Young Readers, 2007)
  • Black and White by Paul Volponi (Viking Juvenile, 2005)

For more information on the Great Stories CLUB, including guidelines, book descriptions, application instructions and a link to the online application, visit www.ala.org/greatstories.

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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