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School libraries need your help

The U.S. Department of Education is looking for peer reviewers for a possible school library grant competition this summer. The federal agency is seeking school librarians, educators, literacy specialists, administrators, digital media education specialists, college or university educators and researchers and education consultants to fill the bill as peer reviewers.…


U.S. Department of Education announces awards for Innovative Approaches to Literacy

Late Friday afternoon, the United States Department of Education announced it will award $28 million in 46 two-year grants to local school districts to be used for school libraries as well as other non-profit organizations that work for childhood literacy.  These grants are being awarded as a part of the…

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Announcement: Apply Now for Federal School Literacy Grants

The application filing period for Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program (IAL) school literacy grants is now open, the Department of Education announced today in the Federal Register. We encourage school librarians to apply for the program grants, which can range from $150,000—750,000. At least 50 percent of the $28.6 million…

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$500,000—750,000 in funding for School Libraries in Grant Money This Week

In the next coming days, the Department of Education will announce the school library grant program under the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program. Grant applicants can request anywhere from $500,000 to $750,000 in funding. Please note: All interested parties must be registered for federal grants in advance to apply for…

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Funding for School Libraries Included in LHHS Subcommittee’s Appropriations Bill

The American Library Association (ALA) applauds the efforts of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS), and Education Appropriations Subcommittee on including funding for libraries at this week’s markup.

The bill includes $30 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL), which is a $400,000 increase over FY 2012. By law, a minimum of half of the funds under this program ($14.5 million) must go to school libraries in the neediest school districts as a competitive grant. The rest of the program will be allocated for national nonprofits that work for childhood literacy.

“The American Library Association supports the funding levels that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and school libraries,” said ALA President Molly Raphael. “We look forward to working with the rest of the Senate and the House to make sure libraries are federally funded at these committee approved levels.”

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