Based on the “Let’s Talk About It” reading and discussion model pioneered nationally by ALA in 1984, Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature features scholar-led, theme-based discussions that explore the best in contemporary and classic Jewish literature. Participating libraries will each host a five-part discussion series featuring one of six themes.
The two new themes are:
Neighbors: The World Next Door
Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel
Previous themes, which also are included, are
Your Heart’s Desire: Sex and Love in Jewish Literature
Demons, Golems, and Dybbuks: Monsters of the Jewish Imagination
Between Two Worlds: Stories of Estrangement and Homecoming and
A Mind of Her Own: Fathers and Daughters in a Changing World.
Each library selected for the grant project will receive:
A $2,500 grant (increased from $1,500 in the past) to support program costs and scholar honoraria.
Training for the library project director at a national training workshop where they will hear from project scholars, experts, and organizers, and receive a program planning guide, materials and ideas.
Program materials, including introductory literature and essays on each of the books, promotional materials, and selections for additional reading.
Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature – Identity and Imagination grants will be awarded in two rounds during 2006 and 2007. Libraries that have already received a grant and completed a Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature series are eligible to apply for a single-series $2,500 grant or a two-series $5,000 grant under each deadline.
The application deadline for the first round of grants is December 1, 2006.
Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature – Identity and Imagination is funded by a multi-year grant from Nextbook. For more information, please visit http://www.nextbook.org/.