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January 2009, Volume 1, Issue 1

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Featured Electronic Resource of the Month

South Dakota Jr. Duck Stamp Contest

Contest Deadline is March 15th! Open to All South Dakota Students (K-12). More information is available at Download the 8.5 x 11" poster to post at your library. (PDF file)

Grant Opportunities

Endowment offering classic books to young readers

Deadline: January 30, 2009

The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for the We the People Bookshelf Award. This year's theme is "Picturing America." Those who win the We the People Bookshelf Award will receive a set of hardcover books for young readers. They all are related to the picturing America theme. This program is open to all public libraries and school libraries (K-12) that are located in the United States and its territories. This award will be provided to 4,000 libraries. If you have any questions, contact the American Library Association at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5045, or you may send an email to or For more information, visit We the People Bookshelf website.

NEH Small Grants to Libraries

Deadline: January 30, 2009

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is accepting applications for the Small Grants to Libraries: Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War funding program. This initiative is open to U.S. public, academic, and special libraries with IRS tax-exempt status, as well as from state and local governmental agencies. The Small Grants to Libraries: Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War program provides a $2,500 grant to eligible applicants that meet the Endowment's criteria. The Small Grants to Libraries program brings humanities public programming to libraries across the country. This grant program is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Constitution Center, and the American Library Association. For more information visit the NEH website.

MLS National Leadership Grants

Deadline: February 1, 2009

National Leadership Grants (NLG) support projects that have the potential to elevate museum and library practice. The Institute seeks to advance the ability of museums and libraries to preserve culture, heritage, and knowledge while enhancing learning. Successful proposals will have national impact and generate results—new tools, research, models, services, practices, or alliances—that can be widely adapted or replicated to extend the benefit of federal investment. The Institute seeks to fund projects that have the following characteristics: Strategic Impact; Innovation; Collaboration. Applications may be submitted in the following categories: Advancing Digital Resources, Research, Demonstration, and Library and Museum Collaboration Grants. For more information visit the NLG web site.

Improving Literacy Through School Libraries

Deadline March 6, 2009

The Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (LSL) Program focuses on providing funding to public school libraries in districts with 20.00 percent or more family poverty. Funds are used to improve reading achievement through updating the library collection, expanding internet connections, purchasing new technology, providing professional development for library media specialists, and extending school library hours. More information about this program can be found on the program’s Web site

If you have questions about this grant, please contact Joan Upell,, 295-3152; or 773-3131.

Articles of Interest

Tips AND Resources FOR Finding Grants – available in ProQuest
Stephanie Gerding. Online. Medford: Nov/Dec 2008. Vol. 32, Iss. 6, p. 16-21 (6 pp.)

awards, funding, grants

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