[Reading-For-Healthy-Families] Grant Opportunity for Rural Public Libraries

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Mon Jan 10 16:17:29 PST 2011

Hello!  Below is a grant opportunity for rural public libraries to get more children's books.  Healthy Start staff, this may be a good time to contact your local rural public library to discuss partnerships in which both the library and Healthy Start can get these books to families of you children.  Some partnership examples are:

*         Use the books to create storytime kits that family support workers can use on home visit and children's librarians can use for storytimes.

*         Give the books away at a joint early literacy education session.

*         Host a Healthy Start parent group at the library at which most of the new books are displayed as materials that parents can check out, and a select few of the books are given to families as 'welcome to the library and to Healthy Start' gifts.

For more information about The Libri Foundation or its Books for Children program, please contact Ms. Barbara J. McKillip at 541-747-9655 or libri at librifoundation.org<mailto:libri at librifoundation.org> .

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services

* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *

Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301

katie.anderson at state.or.us, 503-378-2528

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January 2011

The Libri Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2011


The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which

donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public

libraries throughout the United States.  Since October 1990, the

Foundation has donated over $4,600,000 worth of new children's books to

more than 3,000 libraries in 49 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.

In order to encourage and reward local support of libraries, The Libri

Foundation will match any amount of money raised by your local sponsors

from $50 to $350 on a 2-to-1 ratio.  Thus, a library can receive up to

$1,050 worth of new children's books.  After a library receives a grant,

local sponsors (such as formal or informal Friends groups, civic or

social organizations, local businesses, etc.) have four months, or

longer if necessary, to raise their matching funds.

The librarian of each participating library selects the books her

library will receive from a booklist provided by the Foundation.  The

700-plus fiction and nonfiction titles on the booklist reflect the very

best of children's literature published primarily in the last three

years. These titles, which are for children ages 12 and under, are

award-winners or have received starred reviews in library, literary, or

education journals.  The booklist also includes a selection of classic

children's titles.

Libraries are qualified on an individual basis.  In general, county

libraries should serve a population under 16,000 and town libraries

should serve a population under 10,000 (usually under 5,000).  Libraries

should be in a rural area, have a limited operating budget, and an

active children's department.

Please note:  Rural is usually considered to be at least 30 miles from a

city with a population over 40,000.  Town libraries with total operating

budgets over $150,000 and county libraries with total operating budgets

over $350,000 are rarely given grants.

Applications are accepted from independent libraries as well as

libraries which are part of a county, regional, or cooperative library


A school library may apply only if it also serves as the public library

(i.e. it is open to the everyone in the community, has some summer

hours, and there is no public library in town).

A branch library may apply if the community it is in meets the

definition of rural.  If the branch library receives its funding from

its parent institution, then the parent institution's total operating

budget, not just the branch library's total operating budget, must meet

the budget guidelines.

Previous BOOKS FOR CHILDREN grant recipients are eligible to apply for

another grant three years after the receipt of their last grant.

Libraries that do not fulfill all grant requirements, including the

final report, may not apply for another grant.

Application deadlines for 2011 are: (postmarked by) January 23rd, and

April 15th.  Grants are awarded January 31st and April 30th.

The names of grant recipients will be posted on the Foundation's website

a few days after grants are awarded. Acceptance packets are usually

mailed 14-18 days after grants are awarded.

If you want your books in time for your summer reading program, please

apply for a January grant. April grant recipients may not receive their

books until after most summer reading programs begin.

Please DO NOT waste money sending your application by Express Mail. The

application deadline is based on postmark date, not arrival date.

Application guidelines and forms may be downloaded from the Foundation's

website at:  www.librifoundation.org.

For more information about The Libri Foundation or its Books for

Children program, please contact Ms. Barbara J. McKillip, President, The

Libri Foundation, PO Box 10246, Eugene, OR  97440.  541-747-9655

(phone); 541-747-4348 (fax); libri at librifoundation.org (email).  Normal

office hours are:  Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific Time.


The Libri Foundation

PO Box 10246

Eugene, OR  97440

541-747-9655 (phone)

541-747-4348 (fax)

reading at librifoundation.org (email)



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