December 28, 2007

Reminder: Deadlines Approaching For Two Grant Opportunities from ALA’s Public Programs Office

Great Stories CLUB
Connect with hard-to-reach, underserved teens by conducting a Great Stories CLUB reading and discussion program in your library. Online applications will be accepted through February 1 at

The Great Stories CLUB (Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens, and Books) program reaches teens through books that are relevant to their lives, invites them to read and keep the books, and encourages them to consider and discuss each title with a group of their peers. By showing troubled teens 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.

For tips on preparing an application, a list of the titles included, guidelines and the online application, visit or contact

We the People “Created Equal” Bookshelf
The We the People Bookshelf, a collection of classic books for young readers, is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) We the People program, conducted in cooperation with ALA’s Public Programs Office.

Each year, NEH identifies a theme important to the nation's heritage and selects books that embody that theme to build the We the People Bookshelf. The theme for the 2007-2008 Bookshelf is “Created Equal.” Public libraries are invited to apply online through January 25, 2008. A total of 3,000 libraries will be selected to receive the “Created Equal” Bookshelf. Awards will be announced on March 31, 2008.

For more information, or to complete an online application, visit  With questions, contact

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