ALSC: BWI Summer Reading Program Grant – $3,000

Application deadline: Annual deadline is December 1st. Applicant must plan and present an outline for a theme-based summer reading program in a public library that is open to all children (birth -14 years). Priority is given to innovative proposals involving children with physical or mental disabilities. Available to ALSC as well as ALA (American Library Association) members.

Current Funding Opportunities: 

The ALSC/BWI Summer Reading Program Grant is made possible by an annual gift from Book Wholesalers, Inc., and is administered by a committee of the Association for Library Services for Children. It is designed to encourage outstanding summer reading programs by providing financial assistance to public libraries, while recognizing ALSC members for outstanding program development.

  • Program must be based in a public library and open to all children (ages birth – 14 years).
  • The Grant is restricted to those who are personal members of ALSC and work directly with children. The program must be planned and administered by a public library. Individual libraries within a larger system are welcome to apply
  • Annual award of $3,000 is granted to a single public library with a need for funding to enhance their library program
  • The 2011 application and the 2008 ALSC/BWI Award Manual can be downloaded from the Program Website. (Note: Application submission instructions in the 2008 Award Manual differ from those on the program website.)
  • Applications and supporting materials must be emailed by December 1st to the chair of the ALSC Grant Administration Committee, Nancy Baumann at the email address listed above.

Recent Awards:

  • West Palm Beach Public Library (West Palm Beach, FL) 2011 award winner for “Storyopolis”
  • Gail Borden Public Library (Elgin, IL) 2010 award winner for”Be a Hero: Read”