Winning Ideas for Financial Programming

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association recently announced that grants had been awarded to sixteen libraries as part of the Smart investing@your library initiative. The grants can be used to “to implement a variety of programs designed to increase patrons’ access to and understanding of financial information. … Participating libraries will use a variety of technologies and outreach strategies to connect library users to the best financial education and information available.

Deadline Extended for National Library Week Grant

Your library has something for everyone. This National Library Week, celebrate the ways your library provides a place where everyone belongs. The deadline for 2012 grant has been extended to Friday, October 28. U.S. libraries of all types are invited to apply for a $3,000 grant that will be awarded to the best public awareness campaign promoting the theme You belong @ your library during National Library Week (April 8–14, 2012). To apply, visit the grant website.

Billionaire’s Book Club Wins Innovative Reading Grant

Editor’s Note: Boosting literacy through partnerships, social media, and an online radio show? No wonder this program was an award-winner. Maybe it will spark some ideas for your library.

Shanna Miles is the 2011 recipient of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant for her project, the “Billionaire’s Book Club.” Sponsored by Capstone Publishers, this grant of $2,500 supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children that motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.

Grant Application Tips

To make your grant application competitive:

  1. Applications that have been thoroughly prepared stand out to reviewers. Spend time writing the application, thinking of ideas for programs, and lining up support in the library and in the community, and you will see better results in both the application process and when developing and implementing the program.

  2. Read the application carefully and answer all questions directly and with as much detail as possible. Pay particular attention to requirements mentioned in the application.

Are you a Programming Librarian?

Interested in creating and coordinating programs for your community fueled by creativity, connections, and shoe-string budgets? Attend “Are you a Programming Librarian?” at the ALA Annual Conference on Sunday, June 27, 1:30–3:30 p.m., at the Washington Convention Center, Room 209 A/B, to hear from librarians like you. The event will include break-out sessions on grant writing, marketing and publicity, and beginning programming for students and new librarians.

Highlights include:

Bring Literacy to PRIME TIME

Want to expand upon your library’s literacy programming? Curious about the PRIME TIME Family Reading Time program? Here’s your chance to apply for a grant that includes a training workshop, stipends, and materials.

Picturing America Programming Grant Now Open to All U.S. Public Libraries

Lamenting the fact that your library doesn’t have a set of Picturing America posters? Here’s an excellent opportunity to not only receive the posters, but a $2,000 programming grant as well. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office have expanded the terms of the Picturing America Programming Grant so that all public libraries are considered eligible to apply.

Go Behind the Scenes of the Grant Application Process

Want to see how other librarians fill out grant applications? Or get ideas you can use in your own programs? Then volunteer to serve as a peer reviewer for the We the People Bookshelf project. The ALA Public Programs Office is currently seeking public and school librarians working in libraries that have not applied to receive this year’s Bookshelf on “A More Perfect Union.”

Two Good Questions

Today the ALA Public Programs Office received not one, but two good questions in its mailbox, both from public librarians, the first in North Dakota and the second in Texas:

  1. I am looking for grant funding information to start a film discussion program at our library. I am looking for seed money and continuing funding to make such a program possible for our library. Would you know what foundations would be applicable to my request? I would appreciate any information that you could give.


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