Awards & Scholarships

Apply Now to Win $3000 for Your Library

Libraries seeking to share their stories and raise public awareness are encouraged to apply for the 2011 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant. The library that develops the best public awareness campaign using the National Library Week theme will be awarded $3,000 to promote its library and library services. All proposals must use the 2011 National Library Week theme, Create your own story @ your library, which incorporates The Campaign for America’s Libraries’ @ your library brand, on any and all promotional and publicity material supporting National Library Week activities. Guidelines for using the brand are available on the campaign website. This year’s application deadline is Oct. 1, 2010. National Library Week is April 10-16, 2011. A grant application form and guidelines are available on the Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant website. Information is also available from the ALA Public Information Office. Telephone: (800) 545-2433, ext. 2148….

News of Interest

Kids Constitution Day Contest

The United States Constitution Day is on September 17. To celebrate, all Kindergarten through 12th grade students are invited to participate in the 2010 Constitution Day Poster Contest. Entrants must create a poster that demonstrates how the freedoms embodied in the U.S. Constitution affect their daily lives. Entries will be judged on both artistic merit and relevance to the U.S. Constitution. Entries must be post-marked or uploaded by October 1, 2010. For more information, visit

Awards & Scholarships

ALA Spectrum Scholarship

As stated on the American Library Association’s Spectrum Scholarship Overview page, “Librarianship is one of the most diverse professions you can find. Today’s librarians are information specialists, Internet guides, educators, public administrators, children’s services specialists, reader’s advisors–the choices and career directions are boundless. However, it is a reality that library staff do not always reflect the communities they serve. Spectrum specifically addresses the underrepresentation of librarians of color within the current workforce.” ALSC contributed $2,500 to the initial Spectrum Fundraising Initiative in 1999; and now in 2010, ALSC has expanded its commitment to the Spectrum Scholarship Program with the establishment of the ALSC Spectrum Scholarship. ALSC is sponsoring one Spectrum Scholar interested in library service to children each year through funding from the Frederic G. Melcher Endowment. In addition, ALSC provides complimentary student membership and active opportunities for involvement and leadership to all Spectrum Scholars interested in children’s services. Sylvia…

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Write It, Film It Video Contest

August 30th is the deadline for The Exquisite Prompt Write It, Film It Video Contest. There are seven prompts from which to chose. These prompts are inspired by authors of The Exquisite Corpse Adventure. As stated on The Library Congress‘‘s The Exquisite Corpse Adventure page, “an Exquisite Corpse is an old game in which people write a phrase on a sheet of paper, fold it over to conceal part of it and pass it on to the next player to do the same. The game ends when someone finishes the story, which is then read aloud.” The contest prompts are Silent Movie, Science Fiction, Animation, Superhero Action, Family Story, Video Diary, and Cooking Show. Each of the seven authors offers a page with the following sections: “The Inspiration,” “The Prompt,” “Write It,” “Film It,” and “Resources.” The contest is open to kids, ages 7 to 18, with three competition…

Programming Ideas

Library LEGO Club

Does your library have a LEGO Club? Lots of public libraries do. Abbe Klebanoff, children’s librarian at Radnor Memorial Library in Wayne, PA, wrote about her library’s LEGO Club in an informative 7/01/2009 School Library Journal article. Tips for Starting a LEGO Club include Establish Ground Rules. Have a Theme. Show and Tell. Clean Up as a Group. My five-year-old and I will attend our library‘s LEGO Club on August 17. I’ll tell you how it goes. In the meantime, please share your thoughts about or experiences of having one at your library. Thanks! Teresa Walls


Register for National Gaming Day 2010

Saturday, November 13th is National Gaming Day 2010. National Gaming Day @ Your Library is an initiative of the American Library Association to connect communities around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games. The first 1,000 U.S. libraries that register will receive a free copy of Wits & Wagers Family, created and donated by North Star Games. To register and for more information, visit the National Gaming Day @ Your Library web site,

Children's Literature (all forms)

More Great Web Sites for Kids

Last month, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), added recommended Web sites to Great Web Sites for Kids (, its online resource containing hundreds of links to outstanding Web sites for children. Great Web Sites for Kids (GWS) features links to websites of interest to children 14 years of age and younger, organized into diverse subject headings, from astronomy and space to zoos and aquariums, from games and entertainment to geography and maps. There is also a special section with sites of interest to parents, caregivers and teachers. Members of the ALSC Great Web Sites for Kids Committee review and evaluate potential sites for inclusion and vote on the sites to be included. They also regularly check the entire site to ensure currency and re-evaluate sites when necessary. The added sites are: Aaron Shepard’s Folktales – Academic Skill Builders…