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Apply Now for Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant

It may seem like summer reading just ended, but many of us are already planning what our programs will look like for next year. As you envision Summer Reading 2021, would an extra $3,000 help your program to be more innovative?

ALSC and the Programs and Services Recognition Committee are now accepting online applications for the ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant. This $3,000 grant is designed to encourage reading programs for children in public libraries, while recognizing ALSC members for outstanding program development.

Due to COVID-19, the committee will consider proposals for virtual programming, as well as in-person programs which can take into account public health and safety measures

Each application will be judged on the following:

  • The plan and outline submitted for a theme-based summer reading program in a public library
  • Program ideas that are open to all children (birth – 14 years)
  • The committee encourages innovative proposals involving children with physical or mental disabilities

Applicants must be personal members of ALSC, as well as ALA members, to apply. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 15, 2020. For more information about the award and to find the online application, please visit the ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant website.


Today’s guest post was written by Jacqueline Partch, co-chair of the ALSC Programs and Services Recognition Committee.


This post addresses the following ALSC core competencies: V. Professionalism and Professional Development, VI. Programming Skills.

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