Does Your Library Need a Free Book?

If you library is looking to add ‘Beato Goes To’ books to their library but doesn’t have the resources to do so, here are some grants out there that can help.

Children’s Book Project for rural and tribal libraries (application deadlines are March 1 & Oct. 1 each year)

Laura Bush Foundation Grants: Each year the foundation gives out grants of up to $5,000 to school libraries to update their collections. Eligibility is based on poverty level in the school district.

Lois Lenski Covey Foundation Library Grants: Libraries serving economically or socially at-risk children & teens are invited to apply for Lois Lenski Covey Foundation library grants. Grants are for the acquisition of books published for young people preschool through grade 12. To be considered, libraries must have limited book budgets and serve a disadvantaged population.

Story time at Buckhead Library, Atlanta

Library of Congress Surplus Book Program: The Library of Congress has surplus books available to educational institutions (including full-time tax-supported or non-profit schools, school systems, colleges, universities, museums, and public libraries), public bodies (agencies of local, state, or national government), and non-profit tax-exempt organizations in the United States.

Libri Foundation: The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children’s books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its Books For Children program.

The First Book program: National organization focusing on getting books into the hands of children and teens from low-income families.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services: Offers several grants to libraries, library agencies, library nonprofits, state, or local governments and research institutions.

DonorsChoose.org: Mini grants for school classrooms and school libraries. Create a free account to seek and collect donations for a particular project or need of your choosing.

In Kind Donations: You can also ask an existing member of the library or a business in your community to Donate a Book to your branch.

Story time and author booth at Gwinnett All About Kids Expo

“Sucheta Rawal is a gifted speaker and children love listening to her read and they love her books. Three thousand children and their families attended the Kids Expo in Gwinnett last weekend and she captivated the audience. Many great writers cannot speak as well as they write but she is the exception! We can’t wait to host her again!” ~ Denise Auger from Gwinnett County Public Library

Would you like to come to your library and read one of my Beato Goes To books? Author visits increase visibility of your branch in the community, attract additional funding and more members. It is also a great way to encourage kids to read more and aspire to be better writers.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Amber Brown Grant: Provides funds to schools to defray the cost of an author visit.

21st Century Community Learning Centers the federal government sends these funds to each state’s department of education, and they disperse the funds to nonprofits (like libraries) and schools via a state grant program. Funds are for afterschool and summer programming. Contact your state dept. of education for information

LRNG Challenge provides $20,000 to support connected learning projects.

Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust: Small grants (under $5,000) for school and public libraries seeking to offer innovative programs that promote reading for pleasure for young adults. Applications that feature new or creative programs will receive special consideration over those simply seeking funds for collection development or for a book discussion group.

Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant Program for Public Libraries & Public Schools: Offers mini-grants to public libraries and school libraries for innovative programming, such as inviting diverse authors.

The National Book Foundation Innovations in Reading Prize: Awards prizes of up to $2,500 each to individuals and institutions or partnerships between the two that have developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading.

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