Saturday, November 15, 2014

ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way" Grant

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Do you have an innovative new program or service that requires funding? Are you looking to serve youth with disabilities in your community more inclusively?  The ALSC/Candlewick Press “Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved” Grant is a great opportunity for your library!

The Light the Way Grant was formed in honor of Newbery Medalist and Geisel Honoree author Kate DiCamillo. The spirit of the award honors the themes represented in her books.  The award itself consists of a $3,000 grant to assist a library in conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through a new program or an expansion of work already being done. Special population children may include those who have learning or physical differences, those who speak English as a second language, those who are in a non-traditional school environment, those who live in foster care settings, those who are in the juvenile justice system, those who live in gay and lesbian families, those who have teen parents, and those who need accommodation service to meet their needs.  So, whether yours is a new idea or one that has already been put into place, your library would be eligible.  The ALSC Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers Committee will select the winner and announce the winner at ALA's 2015 Midwinter Meeting.

Click here for access to this year's current grant application.  If you need ideas, be inspired by the impact and the work of the 2014 ALSC/Candlewick Press “Light the Way” current grant winner.

Don't worry--there is still time to get your application in before the deadline of December 1, 2014.  Good luck!


Monday, November 10, 2014

Author Ron Suskind Event in Wilmette


Wilmette Public Library is hosting Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Ron Suskind. Mr. Suskind and his wife will discuss his latest book, Life, Animated: a Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism, which is a memoir about raising their son and learning to communicate with him through the scripts and songs of Disney movies he new by heart.


Ron Suskind
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 7:00pm
Wilmette Park District's
Community Recreation Center
3000 Glenview Road
Wilmette, IL 60091

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. Books will be available for purchase from The Bookstall. Signing will take place after the program. For more information, see the event page.