Everyone Reads @ Your Library Grant

2015-2016 Year 6 Grant Information

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded a sixth consecutive youth literacy grant to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) to support the important literacy and diversity initiative, El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day). ALSC along with the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), another division of the American Library Association, were the joint recipients of the $246,806 grant.


Building STEAM with Día Mini-Grant

To launch the yearlong celebration of Día turning 20, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is accepting proposals for the 2016 Building STEAM with Día mini-grants. ALSC will award up to ten (10) libraries $2,000 each to implement a Building STEAM with Día program in their community. The project year for this grant is January 2016 through May 2016. This mini-grant opportunity is funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation through the Everyone Reads @ your library grant awarded to ALSC.

Grantees must implement one or more Building STEAM with Día program for their community that focus on culturally diverse and appropriate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) programs. Building STEAM with Día mini-grant application will be accepted through November 30, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. (CST). Applications are available here and must be submitted online.


Día Family Book Club Mini-Grant

Through the Everyone Reads @ Your Library Grant, ALSC has awarded 15 mini-grants, $2,000 each, to libraries across the country to offer a Día Family Book Club.  These clubs will utilize multi-cultural, multi-lingual or second language books to provide an opportunity for the community to come together.  

Congratulations to the 15 libraries that were chosen to receive these mini-grants:

Baldwin Boettcher Branch – Harris County Public Library (Texas), Baraboo Public Library (Wis.), Beale Memorial Library- Kern County Library (Calif.), Blake Library - Martin County Library System (Fla.), City of Port Isabel Public Library (Texas), Henderson Libraries (Nev.), Hilton Branch of the Maplewood Public Library (N.J.), Maricopa Public Library (Ariz.), Newburgh Free Library (N.Y.), Niagara Branch Library - Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (N.Y.), North Plainfield Library (N.J.), Orange County Library System - Southeast Branch (Fla.), Patterson Library (Calif.), Smyrna Public Library (Ga.), and Waukegan Public Library (Ill.).


Día Publicity Toolkit

Through the Everyone Reads @ Your Library Grant, ALSC offers a Día Publicity Toolkit that school and public libraries are welcome to use to promote their Día event with free publicity tools. The Día Publicity Tool kit includes a number of templates libraries can use to publicize Día activities, including a Press Release Template, PSA Templates, Letter to the Editor Template, Proclamation Template, Flyer Template, Talking Points, Logos and downloadable Audio PSAs featuring Día founder Pat Mora.


Downloadable Día Materials

ALSC is happy to offer free downloadable Día materials funded by the Everyone Reads @ Your Library Grant.

Día 2014 Booklist Brochure - Provided in PDF format, the brochure includes suggestions for children's books available in several languages, resource websites, and literacy tips. Select the version based on local preferences that includes the literacy tips for parents in both English and Spanish or English and Chinese.

Día Family Book Club National Curriculum- The Día Family Book Club is a way for you to engage children and families in the shared reading and discussion of contemporary children’s literature that reflects our common plurality. Interested in starting your own club at your library or school? Use the Día Family Book Club National Curriculum for ready to go lesson plans for families of children 4 through 8 years old and 8 through 12 years old.

Free Resources - including posters, coloring sheets and activity sheets are avilable to download for free on the Día website.


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