Build Common Ground in Your Community
Angela Thullen Baker | October 06, 2011
The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is accepting applications for Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion, a multiformat discussion program for public audiences to spark action, engagement, and reflection within the community. This library programming initiative is supported by the Fetzer Institute. More information, including programming resources and the online application, is available at the Building Common Ground website. Applications are due November 18, 2011.
The goal of the Building Common Ground project is to engage the public in contemplation and discussion of the importance of community, civility, and compassion in their daily lives. By bringing adult audiences together in the library for programs and events that include reading, viewing, reflection, discussion, and civic engagement initiatives, Building Common Ground programs will support public libraries as they strive to enhance the quality of life and learning in their communities.
In December, thirty public libraries around the country will be selected to host a series of four to eight events between February 1, 2012, and November 30, 2012. The selected libraries will receive:
- a $2,500 grant to support program-related expenses;
- access to program models and templates, including recommended reading and viewing lists, discussion facilitation guides, video shorts and more;
- access to a series of online, professional development and project resource sessions; and
- promotional materials, including posters, bookmarks and a selection of digital promotion tools to support local audience recruitment.
Resources to begin building a competitive application, including programming guides, a list of potential community partners, and ideas for programming that will inspire the community to action, engagement, and reflection are available on the Building Common Ground website.
Angela Thullen Baker is Program Officer/Communications for the ALA Public Programs Office.