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School Library Journal’s (SLJ) Build Something Bold Award, sponsored by LEGO® Education, will honor creativity in programming and lesson plans that incorporate hands-on learning and its meaningful infusion in the library or classroom as led by the librarian or media specialist.

Do you have project-based
learning instruction?

What are your kids making?

We are seeking nominations from elementary or middle school libraries and media centers that demonstrate the exemplary and creative use of the school library and its resources to engage children with hands-on learning techniques to promote multiple literacies, from basic reading to digital skills.

Whether you’re planning to develop a program or already engaged in creative, hands-on activities in your library, we want to hear from you. One Grand Prize winner will be featured in SLJ and receive exciting prizes from LEGO® Education.

Grand Prize:
$2,500 Grand Prize and
*LEGO® Education Classroom Pack
*LEGO® Education Classroom Pack will be determined by LEGO® based on age appropriateness of winning library

1st Runner-Up – $1,000
Editor’s Choice – $500

Entry and Official Rules
Criteria for eligibility includes:
Creativity in space and program design
Effectively integrating curricular objectives toward enhancing literacy through hands-on activity
Demonstrated student engagement and impact on learning
Cost-effectiveness and ease of replication
Involvement of diverse participants
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All applicants must provide context regarding the nominated library or program, including:

  • A description of library services and how they are delivered
  • The size and makeup of library/media center resources, including staff
  • Budget information (school and library, and technology funding)
  • The physical plant (include approximate square footage of library)
  • Student or population demographics
  • A description of the community served
  • One letter of recommendation must also accompany the application
  • Photographs, video, links, including related blog posts and press coverage, and other supportive material, may also be submitted but will be considered supplementary
  • Applicants can nominate their own library or program. Supporters (i.e. administrators, peers, institutions) can also initiate a nomination for the award. But due to the responsibilities of the winner/finalists (participation in a webcast, and the production of related content for SLJ), the head of the nominated library or program must be aware of the application and attendant responsibilities of participation.


CLOSED: The nomination period has ended.

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