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Apply Now: ALA’s Great Stories Club

July 7, 2015
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Apply Now: ALA’s Great Stories Club

Since 2006, the Great Stories Club (GSC) has given 30,000 underserved youth the opportunity to read, reflect and share ideas on topics that resonate with them. Join ALA’s Public Programs Office and past GSC grant recipients to learn all you need to apply to be part of the newest GSC offering, “Nature vs. Nurture: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide.


Webinar topics will include grant benefits, the application process, tips on establishing an outreach partnership and strategies for getting letters of support. Prior GSC applicants will also share their experiences with the project, including roles and responsibilities, the impact of GSC on their patrons and tips for successful programming.

ALA’s Public Programs Office is accepting applications for “Nature vs. Nurture: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide” from Nov. 1 to Dec. 30, 2016. Libraries taking part in GSC must be located within, or working in partnership with, an organization that serves at-risk youth. Benefits include 11 paperback copies of each of three book selections; programming materials, including discussion guides, reading lists, sample activities and promotional materials; and training opportunities, including a 1-1/2-day orientation workshop on March 10, 2017, for new grantees.

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Lainie Castle headshot


Lainie Castle (project director, ALA Public Programs Office) has led cultural programming projects for ALA's Public Programs Office since 2007. Projects have included the Great Stories Club, Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys, StoryCorps @ your library and Picturing America.



Magi Henderson headshot


Magi Henderson (youth services director, Glen Carbon (Ill.) Centennial Library) has taken part in two rounds of the Great Stories Club: "Hack the Feed: Media, Resistance, Revolution" (2015) and "The Art of Change: Creation, Growth, and Transformation" (2016). She has led youth programming at the Glen Carbon Centennial Library for 10 years. Read about one of Magi's Great Stories Club programs.

Library Type
School (K-12)
Young Adult
Job Functions
Grants and Awards