The ALA Great Stories Club is a thematic reading and discussion program that engages teens facing difficult challenges through literature-based library outreach programs. Applicants may choose to apply for one of the following themes: “Deeper Than Our Skins: The Present is a Conversation with the Past” and “Finding Your Voice.” The grant themes explore questions of race, equity, identity, and history. Implementation is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Up to 50 libraries will be selected to receive a “Deeper Than Our Skins” grant, and up to 50 libraries will be selected to receive a “Finding Your Voice” grant.
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. Book discussions will be led by an experienced programming librarian, often in cooperation with staff from a partner organization or department, such as teachers and counselors.
Grantee benefits include 11 paperback copies of up to four books on the reading list; a programming grant of up to $500; a virtual orientation training workshop for library project directors; and additional resources, training, and support from ALA’s Public Programs Office. For more details, visit the website: https://www.ala.org/tools/programming/greatstories/apply. Applications are accepted from January 18 — March 15, 2023.