AASL Introduces Inspire Grants

awards&grantsThe American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites school librarians to apply for two new grants that will provide funds for public middle or high school libraries to update their existing collection or to plan a special event to enhance student learning.

The Inspire Special Event Grant provides up to $2,000 in funding to a school library looking to engage students with school library resources and promote reading, books, literacy, and authors. The funds can be used to create a new extracurricular activity or to enhance an existing one that will increase student achievement. A total of $10,000 will be distributed to schools annually.

Up to $20,000 per year will be awarded as part of the Inspire Collection Development Grant. To improve student achievement, public school libraries may apply for up to $5,000 in funds to extend, update, and diversify their book, online, subscription, and/or software collections.

Criteria, eligibility and application requirements may be found at www.ala.org/aasl/awards. Applications are due Monday, May 23, 2016.

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