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Applications for Libraries Ready to Code grants now open

Those of you who signed up for email updates for the Libraries Ready to Code grant program got a sneak peek of the application last Friday. Today, it’s out for the world! Check out the Libraries Ready to Code website for all the details you’ll need to apply. We are accepting applications now through August 31, 2017.

Libraries interested in applying should read the request for proposals (RFP) linked on the website and fill out the application based on criteria Hands on a laptop keyboard photo credit: libraries ready to codedescribed in detail in the RFP. Be sure to check out the resources about the Ready to Code work we’ve been doing so you are familiar with the over all Ready to Code objectives and report findings. You should also read over the eligibility requirements carefully to make sure you are eligible before working on the application. Public, K12 school, and native and tribal libraries from rural to urban areas are encouraged to apply.

A cohort of 25-50 libraries will be selected to receive grants of up to $25,000 to design and implement youth coding programs that incorporate Ready to Code concepts. Through these programs, the library cohort will collaboratively develop, pilot and rapidly iterate a “Ready to Code” toolkit containing a selection of CS resources for libraries and an implementation guide.

The selection committee that will review the applications and select the grant recipients will be made up of members from the three youth divisions – the  American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). YALSA will  administer the grant program.

Questions? Sign up today for an informational webinar on Tuesday, August 1st at 2:30, eastern. You will learn what it takes to put together a successful application and you will have a chance to ask the Ready to Code project team questions. The webinar will be archived on the website but we encourage you to attend!

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Marijke Visser

Marijke Visser is the associate director and senior policy advocate at the American Library Association’s Washington Office. She is involved in all stages of Libraries Ready to Code, E-rate, and Connect Home projects. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Peace and Global Studies/Sociology and Anthropology from Earlham College in Indiana. Before joining the ALA in 2009, Marijke earned her master’s in Library and Information Science from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.

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