We the People Bookshelf Project - Grant Deadlines on website´╗┐

The ALA Public Programs Office is pleased to be partnering with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the seventh We the People Bookshelf project. Part of the NEH's We the People program, the Bookshelf encourages young people to read and understand great literature while exploring themes in American history.

Public and school (K-12) libraries are invited to apply online, at In spring 2010, ALA and NEH selected 4,000 libraries to receive the 17 books for young readers, as well as bonus materials for readers of all ages, and the option to receive three titles in Spanish translation. Libraries selected will be required to use the Bookshelf selections in programs for young readers in their communities.

This year's theme, "A More Perfect Union," invites reflection on the idea of the United States as a "union," a "One" as well as a "Many," and will complement library programs observing the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. To stimulate programming, the Bookshelf features a DVD edition of "The Civil War," the award-winning documentary by Ken Burns, including the rights to show the series to public audiences. Additional bonus materials provided are the companion book to the series and "Declaring Independence: The Origin and Influence of America's Founding Document," edited by Christian Y. Dupont.

The Bookshelf grants are part of the NEH's We the People program, which aims to encourage and strengthen the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture through libraries, schools, colleges, universities and cultural institutions. Since 2003, NEH and ALA have distributed 13,000 We the People Bookshelves to public and school libraries.

For more information about the We the People Bookshelf on "A More Perfect Union," including programming ideas, the list of books, and the online application, visit With questions, contact the ALA Public Programs Office at

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Laura Bush Foundation Grants

The Laura Bush Foundation continues to support libraries through grants. To find out more information and to see if your school library qualifies, go to www.laurabushfoundation.organd see Grant Application.

Great Stories CLUB Grants

The ALA Public Programs Office and YALSA have announced the theme ("New Horizons") and book titles for the next round of Great Stories CLUB grants. The Great Stories CLUB (Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens and Books) is a book club program designed to reach underserved, troubled teen populations through books relevant to their lives.

All types of libraries (public, school, academic and special) located within or working in partnership with facilities serving troubled teens in the US and its territories are eligible to apply for a Great Stories Club grant. Potential organizations for Great Stories CLUB partnerships include juvenile justice facilities, drug rehabilitation centers, nonprofits serving teen parents, alternative high schools, agencies serving teenaged foster children, shelters serving homeless and runaway youth and other agencies. For tips on creating a partnership, visit

265 libraries will be selected to develop a book discussion program for teens based on the three theme-related titles and will be given copies of the books to share with each participant. Participating libraries will also receive access to an online toolkit to support the program, including sample discussion questions, recommended titles for further reading and other resources. Small cash grants ($100-$200) will be awarded to as many as 25 sites for the support of program-related expenses.

For more information on the Great Stories CLUB, including guidelines, book descriptions, application instructions and feedback from past participants, visit