We the People Bookshelf Grant Opportunity

Posted by on September 22, 2008

Public and School Libraries Invited to Apply for We the People Bookshelf Grant Opportunity
Deadline: January 30, 2009

The National Endowment for the Humanities (http://neh.gov/) and the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office (http://www.ala.org/publicprograms/) have announced that applications are now being accepted for the sixth annual We the People Bookshelf project. Part of the NEH’s We the People program, the bookshelf program encourages young people to read and understand great literature while exploring themes in American history.

This year’s theme, “Picturing America,” explores the premise that a nation’s literature, as well as its visual art, can be a window into its character, ideals, and aspirations. The We the People Bookshelf on Picturing America will be a literary complement to the NEH’s Picturing America (http://www.picturingamerica.neh.gov/) program — a free education resource that provides reproductions  of forty pieces of great American art to schools and public libraries to help educators teach American history and culture.

Public and school (K-12) libraries are invited to apply for the program. In spring 2009, NEH and ALA will select four thousand libraries to receive seventeen books for young readers, plus three works in Spanish translation, as well as bonus materials for readers of all ages. Libraries selected will be required to use the bookshelf selections in programs for young readers in their communities.

Visit the NEH Web site for complete program details and a list of this year’s bookshelf titles.

RFP Link:  http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/15015097/nehgov

For additional RFPs in Arts and Culture, visit: http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_arts.jhtml

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