Grants, Book Drive and a Reading Challenge | News Bites

Information about upcoming We Need Diverse Books internship grants, Native American enhancement grants, the YALSA Hub Reading Challenge, and more.

There are opportunities abound, with grants available, a book drive to support and a YALSA reading challenge.

We Need Diverse Books Internship Grants

We Need Diverse Books has opened its internship grant application. In its fourth year, the organization will award five new grants to diverse publishing and agency interns with the goal of the assisting students from diverse backgrounds who are pursuing a career in children’s publishing. Twenty-five interns have received the grants in past years with 12 going on to full-time jobs in the publishing industry. More information can be found at: and with the application.

Book Drive for Baltimore Library Project

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation launched its seventh annual book drive in support of the Baltimore Library Project, which aims to build or transform as many as 24 Baltimore City Public Schools libraries. To date, the Foundation and its more than 30 partners have completed 14 of these new spaces serving more than 6,000 students. In 2017, a record amount of more than $22,000 was collected. With that, the Foundation bought nearly 3,000 new, hardcover children’s books for last year’s renovated library at Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School. Throughout March, contributions to the drive can be made at or by texting bookdrive18 to 41444. One hundred percent of each donation goes directly to the book drive.

YALSA Hub Reading Challenge

The YALSA Hub Reading Challenge has begun. The goal is to read 25 books from a list of the most recent award winner and honor books and YALSA selected lists over the next four months; there is a sortable spreadsheet of all eligible titles. The challenge is meant to encourage readers to discover new titles and genres. Participants are encouraged to track their progress and tag posts #hubchallenge. Challenge Rewards will be awarded. “Beyond experiencing the best of the best that YA lit has to offer, everyone who finishes the challenge will be invited to submit a response to a book they read for the challenge. The response can be text, graphics, audio, video and will be published on The Hub. Furthermore, everyone who finishes the challenge will be entered into a random drawing for our grand prize featuring bookish goodies to be revealed later,” according to the website. More information and details can be found on the Hub Challenge page of the YALSA website.

Native American Enhancement Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is accepting applications for Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants given for projects that support libraries and archives that serve Native Americans and Native Alaskans and align with one of three project categories: preservation and revitalization; educational programming; or digital services. The competitive grants of up to $150,000 for two years are available to any library with basic grant.  The deadline for applications is May 1. For more information and grant guidelines:  

Future of Libraries Fellowship

The American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries is accepting applications for its Future of Libraries Fellowship  program, which will provide an individual or group with a $10,000 stipend “to advance new ideas and perspectives for the future of libraries through the creation of a public product – report, white paper, video, resource, tool – that will help library professionals envision the future of library collections, services, spaces, technologies, or partnerships.”  The fellowship is not limited to those in the library profession, but also open to anyone in another discipline who has “demonstrated interest in libraries and their futures.” For more information:

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