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Grant Opportunity – Great Stories Club : Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

Library workers are invited to apply for the American Library Association’s Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT), a thematic reading and discussion program that engages underserved teens through literature-based library outreach programs and racial healing work.

Visit the project guidelines and apply online by July 15. Up to 35 libraries will be selected.

An expansion of ALA’s longstanding Great Stories Club program model, the TRHT series features books that explore questions of race, equity, identity, history, institutional change and social justice. The series is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation efforts, a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.

Participating libraries will work with small groups of approximately 10 teens; provide up to four theme-related books for each participant to keep as their own; and convene opportunities for exploration and discussion of relevant humanities content among peers. Libraries will also be encouraged, but not required, to offer at least one interactive session led by a racial healing practitioner.

Grantee benefits include 11 paperback copies of up to four books on the reading list; a programming grant of up to $1,200; travel and accommodation expenses paid for attendance at a two-day orientation workshop in Chicago; and additional resources, training and support from ALA’s Public Programs Office.

The theme for this round is “Growing Up Brave on the Margins: Courage and Coming of Age.” Applicant libraries may select up to four books from the reading list below.

  • “Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal,” G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
  • “The Hate U Give,” Angie Thomas
  • “March: Book One,” John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
  • “Shadowshaper,” Daniel José Older
  • “X: A Novel,” Ilyashah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
  • “The Sun is Also a Star,” Nicola Yoon

All types of libraries (public, school, academic and special) are eligible. Participating libraries must work in partnership with, or be located within, an organization that reaches underserved teens (e.g., juvenile justice facilities, alternative high schools, agencies serving teenaged foster children, youth-focused community nonprofits).

The “Growing Up Brave on the Margins” theme was developed by literature scholar Susana M. Morris, associate professor of literature, media and communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Anna Cvitkovic, teen outreach librarian at the San Francisco Public Library.

The Great Stories Club is administered by ALA’s Public Programs Office in partnership with ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. Funding is provided by the Kellogg Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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