In our tiny library, we are forced to think hard about every financial decision we make. Can we afford to book that pricey performer for our summer reading program? Should we be subscribing to magazines if only a couple of people are reading them? Do we need to have snacks at every event? Every dollar counts, and we must stretch that dollar as far as we possibly can, particularly when it comes to programming.
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How do you identify funding sources for your library? What are your biggest obstacles?
A group of ALA Emerging Leaders wants to know. Working with the ALA Public Programs Office, they are developing an online resource compiling strategies and sources that libraries can use to locate funding opportunities.
ALA, in partnership with Citizen Film and the National Writing Project, invites public libraries to apply for programming grants to host community conversations centered around American Creed, a PBS documentary that invites audiences to consider what America’s ideals and identity ought to be.
Read the project guidelines and apply online by Nov. 19. Up to 50 public libraries will be selected.
A successful grant proposal starts with two things: a clear idea and an understanding of the pieces you need to bring that idea to fruition. This session will offer an overview of the grant-writing process and give you the tools to think through your idea to make it as strong as possible.
Participants of this session will learn how to:
ALA's Public Programs Office invites libraries to apply for the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for underserved teens featuring books under the theme “Nature vs. Nurture: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide.” The project is supported with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
World War I left a lasting legacy on how Americans view the world today. The Library of America is now offering libraries the opportunity to explore battle narratives, connect the past to the present and delve into historical documents with its World War I and America grants.