You know all about the $35,000+ in awards and grants that YALSA gives to members and that you can nominate books for YALSA’s literary and media awards. But ALA has many other awards and grant opportunities. After the jump, learn more about a few opportunities that are right up the youth services alley.

  • The Great Stories CLUB. With funding from Oprah’s Angel Network, YALSA and ALA’s Public Programs Office offer the Great Stories CLUB, a reading and discussion program that targets underserved, troubled teen populations.’  YALSA and PPO will choose 265 libraries to receive grants to host book discussions, in partnership with an organization that works with troubled teen populations (such as an alternative high school or a juvenile justice facility).’  Eligibility information is available online. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 2.
  • The Amelia Bloomer Project. ALA’s Feminist Task Force (part of the Social Responsibility Round Table) each year honors new books with significant feminist content for children from birth through age 18 with the Amelia Bloomer Project booklist. The project accepts field nominations. Know a book that would be a good fit? Be sure to submit it to the Amelia Bloomer Project by Sept. 30, either by leaving a comment on the Amelia Bloomer blog or by emailing project co-chair Christie Gibrich
  • The John Cotton Dana Award. LLAMA, one of ALA’s divisions, administers the John Cotton Dana Award each year, sponsored by H.W. Wilson. The John Cotton Dana Awards honor outstanding library public relations programs that support a specific project, goal or activity, or a sustained, ongoing program (like the promotion of a summer reading program, an awareness campaign or an innovative partnership in the community).So did your library have a fantastic marketing campaign for summer reading or a great advocacy campaign this year? Enter it in the John Cotton Dana Award, and your library could win $5,000. Apply by Dec. 4.

Of course, ALA offers far more opportunities that can be highlighted in one blog post. Read the’  full list at ALA’s Awards and Grants page.

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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