The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is seeking applications for the Bookapalooza Program, the ALSC/BWI Summer Reading Program Grant, the Penguin Young Readers Group Award, and the Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award. These grants and awards will provide enrichment to libraries in the form of author or illustrator programming, resources for improving collections, attendance at ALA Annual Conference and support for summer reading programming.
Bookapalooza Program offers a potpourri of materials that will help transform three library collections and provide opportunities for these materials to be used in communities in creative and innovative ways. Materials include newly published books, videos, audio books, and recordings for children ages birth to fourteen years.
ALSC/BWI Summer Reading Program Grant provides $3,000 in financial assistance to support and encourage summer reading programming for children ages birth to fourteen years. Please note that innovative programming that provides for children with physical or mental disabilities is encouraged.
The Penguin Young Readers Group Award provides a $600 stipend to assist four children’s librarians to attend their first ALA Annual Conference.
The Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award awards $4,000 for a library visit by a nationally recognized author/illustrator. This award, established by Simon and Schuster, to honor Maureen Hayes gives children who have not had the opportunity to meet an author or illustrator. Cooperation between organizations such as other libraries and the local community is required.
Information and the application forms are available on the ALSC’s Professional Awards site or call Dan Rude at (800) 545-2433 ext 2164. Applications must be received by December 1, 2011. Applicants must be members of ALSC and will be asked for their membership number on the application. Contact the chair of the ALSC Grant Administration committee, Nancy Baumann.
Winners will be announced via a press release on the ALSC website shortly after ALA Midwinter Meeting in early January. The Bookapalooza Program winners will be announced via a press release issued by the ALA Public Information Office in February 2012. Recipients will also be notified by phone.