May closes out a very busy 3rd quarter for Bots & Books! Many libraries held camps during Spring Break and several had kick off events to tease their LEGO robotics kits for Summer Reading Program usage. Here are just a few of the wonderful images that are coming in!
The Smithville Public Library got some wonderful newspaper coverage of their Spring Break events!
Taylor Public Library patrons were lucky enough to have a big Maker Fair on March 17!
Harker Heights had a big turnout at their Build A Bot event on March 16.
And the Corpus Christi Public Library is working with local Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts groups!
Through funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, YALSA will offer two kinds of grants for libraries to use in planning their summer reading programs. The Summer Reading Grant will give twenty libraries $1,000 each for summer reading programs for teens in 2012. The Summer Reading Teen Intern Grant provides forty libraries with $1,000 each to utilize teen interns to aid in their summer reading programs. To read eligibility requirements and download an application for both grants, please visit www.ala.org/yalsa/awards&grants. Applications for both due Jan. 1.
The scoop: For over forty years now, the Baylor University Institute for Oral History has worked with communities throughout Texas to better record, archive, and present their history. In 2012, BUIOH will make available a grant up to $2,500 to support a nonprofit group conducting oral history research at the community level in the state. Baylor University will partner with recipients in their efforts and provide training, equipment, consultation, and processing of the field interviews, which will be made available online as well as co-deposited at Baylor University and a local public archive. The community members who carry out the oral history project will also develop and arrange public programming to highlight the accomplishments of their endeavors. The deadline for applications for this grant is January 13, 2012. For additional details on this project and their work, visit http://www.baylor.edu/oralhistory.
Need funding? All of us wish there was a 1-stop shop for library grants, but, alas, there’s not. Instead, there are these – and other – web resources to help you through the grant seeking process. Happy hunting.