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June 2009, Volume 1, Issue 6

Check your Fall Calendars!

Festival of Books
Oct. 2-3 in Deadwood

SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 7-9 in Aberdeen

Be Creative @ Your Library or From Home

Featured e-Resources of the Month

Why Didn't I Think of That?

Great ideas from our fellow librarians.

Grant Opportunities

Libri Foundation – Books for Children

Deadline: August 15, 2009

The Libri Foundation works with the library's Friends of the Library or other local organizations because they believe in community involvement and want to encourage and reward local support of libraries. The Friends, or other local sponsors, can contribute from $50 to $350 which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1,050 worth of new, quality, hardcover children's books through the Foundation's BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program. For more information, visit


Build-A-Bear Workshop Giving Programs

Deadline: August 30, 2009

The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation supports charities in the U.S. and Canada through grant programs including Literacy and Education Grants which provide support for children in literacy and education programs such as summer reading programs, early childhood education programs, and literacy programs for children with special needs. For more information visit


Books for Babies Matching Grants

Deadline: October 1, 2009

The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations will be granting 20 grants for $500 each to match $1,000 raised by selected Friends groups, women’s groups, libraries, and other non-profit organizations for purchasing Books for Babies kits from ALTAFF. For more information visit ALA: Books for Babies Matching Grants


Winning Library Grants Video and Success Story Contests

Deadline: None

Don't forget to enter the Library Grants Group contests - Winning Grants: A Multimedia How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians will be published by Neal-Schuman next year. And YOU could be showcased in it. Enter your library grant story online using this short form. Upload your library grant video to the Library Grants Group's YouTube Group. More information about the video contest is online. Can't wait to read your grant stories! This really helps librarians new to grant work to feel empowered and also helps to energize those of us who have been writing grants for a while. Share your ideas, whether big or small! – Stephanie Gerding


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