DEADLINE EXTENDED to 03.01.2012 for Talk Story Grant

The deadline has been extended to March 1, 2012 for submitting applications for the 2012 Talk Story Grant.

 

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

2012 Grant Information & Application
Sponsored 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, 2012
Award will be announced by March 15, 2012

APALA & AILA Release their Literature Award Winners

To see APALA’s Full Literature Awards Winners and Honorees, please click here

To see AILA’s Full Literature Awards Winners and Honorees, please click here

Below are the winners in the Children’s, Youth, and Young Adult Categories:

Picture Book Award:

  • The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood”, written by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, illustrated by Ellen Beier and published by Holiday House
  • The House Baba Built: An Artist’s Childhood in China,” written by Ed Young and published by Little, Brown Books

Children’s Literature Award:

  • Free Throw” and “Triple Threat”, both written by Jacqueline Guest and published by James Lorimer & Company Ltd.
  • The Great Wall of Lucy Wu,” written by Wendy Wan-Long Shang and published by Scholastic

Young Adult Literature Award:

  • Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School”, by Adam Fortunate Eagle and published by the University of Oklahoma Press
  • Orchards,” written by Holly Thompson and published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Accepting Applications for 2012 Grant for Talk Story Program

Toyota Financial ServicesThanks to the generosity of Toyota Financial Services, Talk Story: Sharing stories, Sharing Culture, grant program is offering two $500 grants to host a Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture program at your library.

A joint project of The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, 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. For more information and an application please see the grant guidelines. Deadline to apply February 1, 2012

New Talk Story Sponsor, Toyota

Toyota Financial Services. Toyota will sponsor the Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture program
Toyota Financial Services. Toyota will sponsor Talk Story beginning in early 2012

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) are pleased to announce their new partnership with Toyota Financial Services. Toyota will sponsor the Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture program by providing funding for four mini-grants that will be awarded in early 2012.

2011 Talk Story Grant Winners Announced

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) are pleased to award $500 grants to the Greenwich Branch of the Gloucester County Library System in Gibbstown, N.J. and the White Mesa Library of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Towaoc, Colo. Each will use its $500 grant to host a Talk Story program at their library.

  • Greenwich Branch of Gloucester County Library System, Gibbstown, New Jersey
    • Greenwich Branch serves a small town of 5,000 people with a growing Pacific Islander population.  The library will be highlighting Samoan culture through classes for the community on South Pacific Island dance, Samoan tattoo art, and Polynesian musical instruments.
  • White Mesa Library of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Towaoc, Colorado
    • The White Mesa Library is a service offered by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe headquartered in Towaoc, CO to the 335 reservatino residents of Whtie Mesa, Utah.  The library plans a special day for children and their parents to learn about their Ute cultural heritage.  Two classes are planned for the day in which a story from the tribe’s past will be told by a local expert followed by a craft activity that has cultural significance.  The day will also include an open house to intruduce the library’s new automated system and to issue library cards.

See full press release

ALA, President Dr. Camila Alire launch Family Literacy Focus

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and ALA President Dr. Camila Alire are launching the Family Literacy Focus, an initiative to encourage families in ethnically diverse communities to read and learn together. ALA has awarded each of the five Ethnic Affiliates $3,000 to develop and implement innovative family literacy models in libraries serving Native American, Asian American, Pacific American, African American, Chinese American and Latino communities. These culturally focused family literacy programs bring generations together through innovative literacy activities that emphasize oral and written traditions and explore new literacies.

Family Literacy Focus activities include family reading nights, intergenerational storytelling and take-home literacy activities. At the conclusion of the Initiative, these easily replicable family literacy activities will be available on the Affiliates’ Web sites. “Our public libraries encourage families in all communities to read and learn together. My Family Literacy Focus targets ethnically diverse communities with complex literacy expectations and remarkable cultural traditions,” Alire said. “Each Ethnic Affiliate’s family literacy project respects these rich traditions as they seek to develop strong 21st Century literacy practices in new generations. I am looking forward to seeing these inspiring projects unfold and replicated in libraries throughout the country.”

“Literacy is a fundamental element in today’s digital and global world,” said Mary Jo Venetis, chair of ALA President Camila Alire’s Diversity Initiative Committee and associate library director of technical services at the University of Texas at Dallas, McDermott Library. “It has been rewarding to see the Ethnic Affiliates’ hard work in bridging the literacy gap in their respective communities through their upcoming family literacy programs. These Affiliates will achieve these goals by using libraries as a stepping stone to encourage all groups to become involved in creating literacy connections. “

Contact: Steve Zalusky Manager of Communications, ALA Public Information Office (312) 280-1546 szalusky@ala.org