Press Release: Extended Toyota Funding for Talk Story Grant

The American Indian Library Association and the Asian Pacific American Librarian Association are pleased to announce the continued support of ‘Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture’ Grant by Toyota Financial Services. Talk Story is a literacy program that caters to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families, celebrating their stories through books, storytelling, and art. Once again, AILA and APALA have partnered on the grant program and allocated funding to libraries to help them implement programs.

The application will open for submission on January 1, 2017

Information on grants as well as on previous grant winners can be found at:

A Quick Note on Book Selection

Book selection is very important to representing cultures responsibly and accurately. There are many resources librarians, educators, and parents can use to ensure that the books they are selecting for their children accurately represent the culture being portrayed and does not contain stereotypes or inaccurate information. As we’ve learned living in an age when information is easily accessible and not always correct, sometimes published material is not properly reviewed before publication and contains elements that are offensive or sacred to a group and are not meant to be shared with the general public. Make sure not to discriminate when reading reviews written by lay people who are not members of that particular community. There are many reputable resources you can use to check out reviews by members of the community represented and other experts.

Please see the API and AINA bibliographies for more information regarding selecting culturally responsible books.

For Libraries

Talk Story Program Manual

The Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture Manual is a resource to support family literacy activities and programs.  Inside you’ll find:

  • A starter kit of storytime ideas designed to reach out to American Indian / Alaskan Native, Asian Pacific American, and multicultural communities
  • A template to help you create your own storytimes
  • Information to help you plan and incorporate Talk Story into your own library programming
  • Literacy tips for families
  • Discussions on selecting books and honoring communities and cultures
  • Resources for librarians and families
  • and more

Download the TalkStory Program Manual (PDF)