2016 grant applications now open!

The American Indian Library Association and the Asian Pacific American Librarian Association are now accepting applications for the ‘Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture‘ Grant.

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.

Applications and eligibility details can be found at www.talkstorytogether.org/grants.

  • Application Deadline: Friday, March 18, 2016
  • Grant Amount:  $600
  • Grant Period:  May 1, 2015 – November 30, 2016

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PRESS RELEASE: The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Announce Winners of the 2015 Talk Story Grant

May 1, 2015

The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Announce Winners of the 2015 Talk Story Grant

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), supported by Toyota Financial Services, are pleased to award a $600 grant to each of the following ten libraries and community organizations to host Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture programming. The winning libraries and community organizations are:
Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library, Tennessee – The Hui Hawai`i O Tenesi Hawaiian Civic Club is partnering with the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library to hold a Talk Story program in May during Asian-Pacific Heritage Month. Club volunteers will present a story time, introduce lei making and lauhala weaving, share Hawaiian treats, demonstrate and teach hula and the Hawaiian version of “Simon Says,” “Kumu Hula Says.” The grant will also add a substantial amount of Hawaiian books to the library’s collection.

Kenton County Public Library, Kentucky – KCPL has held a Filipino Independence Day celebration for the last six years. Funding from Talk Story will allow them to continue this tradition of sharing Filipino culture through bilingual stories, folk dance performances, folk songs, games and crafts. KCPL is partnering with the Filipino-American Association of Northern Kentucky, the Filipino American Association of Southern Ohio (FASO) and United Filipino-Americans Mabuhay Society. Each family in attendance will be given a bilingual book in English and Tagalog.

Native Village of Eyak, Alaska – This unique program will facilitate the inclusion of elders in the community to share parenting and breastfeeding experiences with the local breastfeeding support group that meets at the library. The elders will also demonstrate traditional food preparation and artwork. Three visits are planned for the group and the elders to interact. Grant money will also be used to purchase books for the tribal library.

Oceanside Public Library, California – OPL will hold four programs over the course of seven months, with the first story time program in May for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Families will attend a Japanese-English storytime and exchange letters and photos with children in Fuji-city, Japan — Oceanside’s sister city. Over the summer OPL will provide two performances with local Okinawan dancers and an elder who will share stories of his youth in Okinawa. Attendees will have the opportunity to try Okinawan foods. An additional story time will be held in November. OPL is partnering with the Okinawa Association of America (OAA) to select materials for circulation and story time.

Pacific Islands University, Guam – PIU will hold a Talk Story event in September 2015 with two local elementary schools, both with substantial APA student populations. The program will consist of readings of books about Micronesians, an art project and refreshments. Two additional Talk Story reading events are scheduled to be held at the elementary schools with each school library receiving donations of one-to-two culturally relevant children’s books. The University will also increase its collections of books on APA populations, specifically Micronesians, for PIU education students and library employees.

Palms-Rancho Park Library, California – Palms-Rancho Park Library, a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, will be holding a Children’s Chinese Day program in June 2015, hosted by a WorldSpeak teacher. Children will make moon cakes, a Chinese dragon mask and have a parade. Funds will be primarily used to support growth of the Mandarin collection, to purchase bilingual books and audio-visual materials to support native Chinese speakers and Chinese language learners.

Red Lake Nation College, Minnesota – To coincide with the opening of a new academic/community library building, Red Lake Nation College will host two storytelling sessions that will revolve around elders sharing stories with the children based on the oral tradition. The children will then have the opportunity to read stories to the elders using books purchased with Talk Story funds. Recordings will be made to create and preserve the oral history of traditional Ojibwe stories. A group activity will also take place that will engage the children in creating a permanent display for the library in order to establish the library as a community gathering place.

San Juan College, New Mexico – San Juan College operates a childcare facility that provides hands-on learning for both children and SJC students. During the month of November, San Juan College will host a series of workshops beginning with a storytime of Eric Carle’s Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you See? which will be translated into Navajo. In the second workshop, students will work on creating their own story in Navajo and English using regional animals and characters which they will self publish. Finally, the students will perform the story live for the college.

Sonoma County Library, California – Sonoma County Library plans to further develop its partnership with the Graton Rancheria by celebrating and expanding its offerings for the tribal community. There will be a half-day cultural event including storytelling, dancing, crafts and food. Sonoma County Library also plans to expand the circulating materials of the library with the purchase of materials focused on local tribes. There will be a month-long display in support of the event.

USD 497 Native American Student Services for Lawrence Public Schools, Kansas – Three programs are planned for October 2015 where middle and high school students will read stories to the elementary and preschool children. The books used for the program, and purchased with Talk Story funds, will be left with the elementary school to keep in their classrooms and libraries. The middle and high school students will be active participants in the marketing of the Talk Story programs by helping create bookmarks, posters and displays.

Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture is a literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families. The program celebrates and explores their stories through books, oral traditions and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience. Grants provide financial support to libraries and community organizations who want to introduce a Talk Story program into their library.

Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture is a joint project between the American Indian Library Association (www.aila.org) and the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (www.apalaweb.org). It started as part of ALA 2009-2010 President Camila Alire’s Family Literacy Focus Initiative. 2015 is the sixth year that AILA and APALA have partnered on the Talk Story project and allocated grant funding to libraries to implement programs geared towards the APA/AIAN communities. This is the fourth year that Toyota Financial Services has helped to sponsor grants.
Committee Chairs are Liana Juliano (AILA), Lessa Pelayo-Lozada (APALA), and Ariana Hussain (APALA). For more information, please visit the Talk Story web site: www.talkstorytogether.org.

Press Release: The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) Announce the Winners of the 2014 Talk Story Grant

June 16, 2014

The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Announce Winners of the 2014 Talk Story Grant

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), supported by Toyota Financial Services, are pleased to award a $600 grant to each of the following 10 libraries and community organizations to host Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture programming. The winning libraries and community organizations are:

The Asian Pacific American Historical Society (APAHS) in Atlanta, Georgia — in partnership with Chamblee Public Library, a branch of the Dekalb County Public Library in Georgia — will put on a Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Children’s Program including a dance performance, shadow puppet performance and hands-on crafts session.

The Association for the Advancement of Filipino American Arts & Culture (FilAm ARTS) in Los Angeles, California — will support a community story-telling gathering called “Saysay Stories of Historic Filipinotown” at the Echo Park Library in October 2014 in celebration of Filipino American History month.

The Ira H. Hayes Memorial Library, Gila River Indian Community in Sacaton, Arizona — will use the funds to offer two events focusing on the history of Gila River Indian Community cultural traditions expressed through traditional music of the Pima and Maricopa.

The Gwinnett County Public Library in Lawrenceville, Georgia — in partnership with the advocacy Center for Pan Asian Community Services and the Asian/Pacific-American Historical Society — will purchase materials for and present Storytime Go-Go kits focusing on APA culture and themes and offer events focusing on performance art from the Young Audiences of Atlanta.

The Hercules Library in Hercules, California — will use the funds to support their Philippine Independence Day celebration for the entire community. Raq Filipina and her band will perform a blend of world music informed by traditional songs of the Philippines.

The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva, North Carolina — will purchase Cherokee language books published by the nearby New Kituwah Academy. Two programs will be held in June and July — a Cherokee bilingual story-time and celebration of culture and a Craft and Dance Demonstration in conjunction with the Oconaluftee Indian Village.

The Monterey County Free Libraries in Marina, California— held a successful “Hands Across the Pacific” program in May featuring local residents from Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Guam, and Hawai’i as presenters of stories, songs, and information from their country or culture.

The North Park Branch Library in San Diego, California — will have weekly programs during the month of September that highlight the history and culture of the Kumeyaay Nation.

The Powell Museum in Page, Arizona — will partner with the Page Public Library to provide programming that shares the continuing history, process and beauty of Navajo weaving.

The St. George Branch Library in Utah — will offer three programs; a story-time held on the nearby Shivwits Reservation, a bilingual story-time featuring Southern Paiute Tribal Elder Elenor Tom, and an arts and crafts program.

Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture is a literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families. The program celebrates and explores their stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience. Grants provide financial support to libraries and community organizations who want to introduce a Talk Story program into their library.

Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing cultureis a joint project between the American Indian Library Association (www.aila.org) and the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (www.apalaweb.org). It started as part of ALA 2009-2010 President Camila Alire’s Family Literacy Focus Initiative. 2014 is the fifth year that AILA and APALA have partnered on the Talk Story project and allocated grant funding to libraries to implement programs geared towards the APA/AIAN communities. This is the third year that Toyota Financial Services has helped to sponsor grants.

Committee Chairs are Liana Juliana (AILA) and Lessa Pelayo-Lozada (APALA). For more information, please visit the Talk Story web site: www.talkstorytogether.org.

Toyota Financial Services Continues Sponsorship of AILA/APALA’s Talk Story Project for 2014

November 1, 2013

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) Announce Continued Sponsor, Toyota Financial Services.

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) are pleased to announce their continued sponsorship from Toyota Financial Services. Toyota Financial Services will sponsor the Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture program by providing funding for the third year for mini-grants that will be awarded in early 2014.

Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture (www.talkstorytogether.org) is a literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families. The program celebrates and explores their stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience. 2014 will be the fifth year that AILA and APALA have partnered on the Talk Story project and allocated grant funding to libraries to implement programs geared towards the APA/AIAN communities. To date, twenty-three Talk Story grants have been awarded.

This will be the third year that Toyota Financial Services has sponsored grant funding for Talk Story and we are thrilled to continue our partnership. “Thanks to Toyota Financial Services, we have been able to fund many deserving libraries over the years and we are so happy that the partnership will continue into the future. We know the funding provided to libraries and community organizations has made a profound difference in each community based on the stories and photos they share” said Liana Juliano and Lessa Pelayo-Lozada, chairs of the Talk Story committed for AILA and APALA.

Grant applications will be available beginning in December and will be due February 15, 2014.

An affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), the American Indian Library Association is a membership action group that addresses the library-related needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Members are individuals and institutions interested in the development of programs to improve Indian library, cultural, and informational services in school, public, and research libraries on reservations. AILA is also committed to disseminating information about Indian cultures, languages, values, and information needs to the library community. Additional information about AILA can be found at www.ailanet.org.

The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) was established in 1980 by librarians of diverse Asian/Pacific ancestries committed to create an organization that would address and support the needs of Asian/Pacific American librarians and those who serve Asian/Pacific American communities. In addition, over the years, APALA has granted numerous scholarships and awards. Additional information about APALA can be found at www.apalaweb.org.

Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture is a joint project between the American Indian Library Association and the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association that started as part of ALA 2009-2010 President Camila Alire’s Family Literacy Focus Initiative. The project is sponsored by Toyota Financial Services.

Celebrate Asian American & Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Celebrate Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in your community during May, which is Asian American and Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Find programming ideas and booklists for children and families at the Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture website.

It’s never too early to start planning! Native American Heritage Month is in November and the website also has programming ideas and booklists for American Indian/Alaskan Natives.

Talk Story is a joint effort of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and the American Indian Librarians Association and is funded by a grant from Toyota Financial Services.

Deadline Extended to 03.01.2013 for Talk Story Grant

The deadline has been extended to March 1, 2013 for submitting applications for the 2013 Talk Story Grant.

For more information and for the application, please visit us at www.talkstorytogether.org/grants

2013 Grant Information & ApplicationSponsored by APALA & AILA

Program Overview

Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture is a literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families. The program celebrates and explores Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience.  Children and their families can connect to rich cultural activities through Talk Story in their homes, libraries, and communities. This grant is aimed to give financial support to libraries and community organizations who want to introduce a Talk Story program into their library, focusing on APA or AIAN cultures.

Talk Story grant funding is available due to the generous support of Toyota Financial Services.

Eligibility

Libraries and community organizations that serve children and their families are eligible to apply.  We encourage libraries and community organizations to work together on a Talk Story program.

Please submit an Application and 500 word essay detailing what your library or community organization would do with the award and what types of programs highlighting APA or AIAN cultures you are interested in planning for your community.  You may apply for either an APALA grant OR an AILA grant.

Deadline: Applications must be received by March 1, 2013

Award will be announced by April 1, 2013

Toyota Financial Services Continues Sponsorship of AILA/APALA’s Talk Story Project

Toyota Financial ServicesTalk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture (www.talkstorytogether.org) is a literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families. The program celebrates and explores their stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience. 2013 will be the fourth year that AILA and APALA have partnered on the Talk Story project and allocated grant funding to libraries to implement programs geared towards the APA/AIAN communities. To date, thirteen Talk Story grants have been awarded.

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AILA & APALA Announce Continued Sponsor, Toyota Financial Services

December 14, 2012

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) Announce Continued Sponsor, Toyota Financial Services.

Toyota Financial ServicesThe American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) are pleased to announce their continued sponsorship from Toyota Financial Services.  Toyota Financial Services will sponsor the Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture program by providing funding for the second year for mini-grants that will be awarded in early 2013.

Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture (www.talkstorytogether.org) is a literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families. The program celebrates and explores their stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience.  2013 will be the fourth year that AILA and APALA  have partnered on the Talk Story project and allocated grant funding to libraries to implement programs geared towards the APA/AIAN communities.  To date, thirteen Talk Story grants have been awarded.

This will be the second year that Toyota Financial Services has sponsored grant funding for Talk Story and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to work with them now and in the future.  “Toyota Financial Services has been such a wonderful sponsor to work with and their continued support will allow us to fund deserving libraries for another year” said Liana Juliano and Lessa Pelayo-Lozada, chairs of the Talk Story committee for AILA and APALA.

Grant applications will be available beginning in December and will be due February 15, 2013.

An affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), the American Indian Library Association is a membership action group that addresses the library-related needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Members are individuals and institutions interested in the development of programs to improve Indian library, cultural, and informational services in school, public, and research libraries on reservations. AILA is also committed to disseminating information about Indian cultures, languages, values, and information needs to the library community.  Additional information about AILA can be found at www.ailanet.org.

The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) was established in 1980 by librarians of diverse Asian/Pacific ancestries committed to create an organization that would address and support the needs of Asian/Pacific American librarians and those who serve Asian/Pacific American communities. In addition, over the years, APALA has granted numerous scholarships and awards.  Additional information about APALA can be found at www.apalaweb.org.

Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture is a joint project between the American Indian Library Association and the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association that started as part of ALA 2009-2010 President Camila Alire’s Family Literacy Focus Initiative.  The project is sponsored by Toyota Financial Services.