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Grant Program: Engaging Readers at Your Public Library 

Overview

We love readers' advisory and we want to help *you* do more of it—which means getting the word out about the services you offer! Are you looking to reach readers in your community and to promote your library's readers' advisory services?

NoveList and LibraryAware are looking for three libraries that are clear about their needs, have great ideas, and are looking to develop and implement a marketing plan focused on connecting with readers. The three libraries will each receive a $5,000 grant, plus the full support and expertise of the LibraryAware team of marketing specialists and graphic designers. You propose the project, and if it’s selected, we will serve as project consultants to help you make it a success.

Example programs might include:

  • Letting the community know the library is the place to come for great reading recommendations.
  • Increasing awareness and usage of collections and online resources.
  • Partnering with underrepresented segments of the community to promote the library.
  • Getting the community excited about reading.
  • Promoting staff as readers’ advisory experts.
  • Implementing and promoting a form-based readers’ advisory program.

Eligibility

  • Must apply on behalf of a public library.
  • Grant period is approximately six months. Project must be concluded by May 1, 2018.

Criteria

Libraries must submit a project proposal that includes:

  • A project plan that includes a timeline.
  • A list of key staff involved.
  • An itemized budget.
  • How success of the project will be measured.

The libraries receiving the grant must agree to provide a final report of activities by May 15, 2018 that includes:

  • A summary of the project.
  • High resolution copies of all marketing/promotional materials used.
  • Digital copies of all release-signed photographs for images that were part of the project.

Libraries receiving the grant must agree to allow LibraryAware to replicate materials for other libraries to use in our product. $5,000 grants will be distributed at the completion of the project after the final report is submitted.

Timeline

  • Application deadline September 1, 2017
  • Recipients notified Friday, September 29, 2017
  • Project planning with LibraryAware Team October/November 2017
  • Project implementation January - April 2018
  • Project complete May 1, 2018
  • Project reports submitted by May 15, 2018

To Apply

The application period has closed. Stay tuned for updates from the recipients.