Apply for 2016 Reading Is Grand! Celebrating Grand-Families @ Your Library Grant sponsored by BCALA

Dear BCALA Members and Friends,


The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) is pleased to announce applications for 2016 Reading Is Grand! Celebrating Grand-Families @ Your Library are now available. The grant amount is $500. The deadline for grant submissions is MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016.


Reading Is Grand! Celebrating Grand-Families @ Your Library is an intergenerational literacy program designed to reach out to Africa American children and families through shared stories.

Reading is Grand! is a celebration of the important role African American grandparents and older adults play in the lives of children. It is through their infinite wisdom and experiences that children learn the unique cultural and familial values that help them grow into valuable contributors to the community


Sharing stories, both oral, written, and visual, are the building blocks of literacy. It is through this exchange that children learn about their world and how people relate to each other in it. Shared stories and culture inspire growth, encourage exploration, and boost self-esteem. The program builds literacy through read aloud activities, storytelling, arts and crafts, music, dance, and drama. The strength of the program is to establish a method for grandparents and older adults to build literacy and cultural heritage connections between themselves, grandchildren, and children.


The Reading Is Grand! Celebrating Grand-Families @ Your Library literacy grant is designed to provide financial support to libraries and community organizations who want to introduce the Reading Is Grand! literacy program into the library setting focusing on African American culture.


The following application attachments includes: 1) 2016 Reading Is Grand! Grant Information; 2) 2016 Reading Is Grant! Grant Application; and 3) the updated African American Grandparents & Grand-Families themed booklist. You can also access the application via:!about1/c16ih


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Claudette S. McLinn, Chair

2016 Reading Is Grand! A Family Literacy Project of the BCALA

Email: [email protected]m