UH Downtown receives $15,000 NEA grant

2014.05 A_Lesson_Before_Dying_novelThe Houston Chronicle is reporting that the University of Houston-Downtown is receiving a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to host The Big Read. They will receive $15,000. Their book is “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest J. Gaines.

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SOURCE: University of Houston Downtown receives $15,000 NEA grant || Houston Chronicle


Big Read Grants (due January 28th, 2014)

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Grant applications for the Big Read grants are due January 28th, 2014:

Applicant organizations for The Big Read must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a division of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include organizations such as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations. Note: K–12 schools, school districts, boards of education, or other school governing bodies, whether public or private, are not eligible applicants, but may partner with eligible applicants.

The Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community’s chosen book or poet. Activities focus on one book or poet from The Big Read catalog.

Some of the book options:


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It’s not too late to nominate your favorite librarian!

Reminder — Monday, December 2, 2013 is the deadline to nominate your favorite librarian (colleague) for one of nine awards/grants for public service librarians. Awards/grants are: Allie Beth Martin AwardBaker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product AwardCharlie Robinson AwardDEMCO New Leaders Travel GrantEBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Library Service AwardGordon M. Conable AwardPolaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff AwardRomance Writers of America Library Grant, and Upstart Innovation Award.

The awards are “designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries.” More information at the ALA site.


Nominate your favorite librarian!

Information on nine awards/grants for public service librarians:

Through the generosity of sponsors, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering nine awards/grants designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards include an honorarium; please visit the website for details on each award and nominate your colleague or library through Dec. 2, 2013.

The awards include:

  • Allie Beth Martin Award, honoring a public librarian who has demonstrated extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books or other library materials and has the distinguished ability to share that knowledge. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor;
  • Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award, promoting the development of a circulating audio music/video collection in a public library;
  • Charlie Robinson Award, honoring a public library director who, over a period of seven years, has been a risk taker, an innovator and/or a change agent in a public library. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor;
  • DEMCO New Leaders Travel Grant, enhancing the professional development of new public librarians by making possible their attendance at major professional development activities;
  • EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Library Service Award, honoring a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less that demonstrates excellence of service to its community;
  • Gordon M. Conable Award, honoring a public library staff member, library trustee or public library that has demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights. Sponsored by Library Systems & Services LLC;
  • Polaris Innovation in Technology John Iliff Award, honoring a library worker, librarian or library that has used technology as a tool to improve services;
  • Romance Writers of America Library Grant, providing a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming;
  • Upstart Innovation Award, recognizing a public library’s innovative and creative service program to the community.

The PLA Award Nomination Form is open from now until Dec. 2, 2013. An award jury appointed by the PLA President will review each nomination. Winners will be announced in February 2014, and awards will be presented at 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. For more information, contact the PLA office, (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA or by email

You have plenty of time to nominate your favorite librarian.


First Ever LibraryAware Community Award, due February 1

From Ebsco:

The deadline is approaching for libraries interested in submitting entries for the first-ever LibraryAware Community Award. Submissions must be postmarked by February 1st. The LibraryAware Community Award recognizes cities and towns and their libraries, or library systems, that have demonstrated their ability to make the community aware of what the library can do for them—and have delivered on that promise. The award is given by Library Journal and underwritten by LibraryAware™, a product of the NoveList division of EBSCO Publishing. 

The LibraryAware Community Award highlights the value that communities throughout the United States and Canada derive from their libraries and focuses on the outcomes of work by libraries—through the development of effective programs, services, partnerships, and communications—that result in better communities and an increased understanding of how libraries contribute to a community’s well-being.

More info at


Apply for your Día mini-grant, due by February 1

From American Libraries:

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is now accepting applications for mini-grants intended to prepare libraries to incorporate Día into their existing programs, throughout the year. Libraries will use these mini-grants to initiate a Día Family Book Club Program. These mini-grants are part of ALSC’s Everyone Reads @ your library grant, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Intended as an expansion of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), the mini-grants will be awarded to libraries that demonstrate a need to better address the diverse backgrounds within their communities. Up to 12 mini-grants will be awarded at $5,000 each. In addition to these mini-grants, funding from this grant will also allow ALSC to create a Día Family Book Club Toolkit that will be accessible to all. For more information, and the application form, go to The deadline to accept mini-grant applications is Feb. 1, 2013.

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) is celebrated every year on April 30th. You can find more about this programming date at

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