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NEH Staff at the American Library Association Conference

June 8, 2016 | By Public Programs Staff

Assistant Division Director, Jeff Hardwick, and Senior Program Officer, Karen Kenton, are attending the 2016 ALA conference in Orlando, Florida, June 23 – 26.   The conference will feature a special event with NEH Chairman William Adams and Representative John Lewis discussing Lewis’s graphic novel, March, which is among the titles distributed through the NEH-supported Great Stories Book Club.  Part of ALA’s Auditorium Speakers Series, the event will take place from 9:30 to 10:30am in the Hyatt Regency.

The Great Stories Book Club provides at-risk, troubled youth the opportunity to read, reflect, and share ideas on topics that resonate with them. Organized by the American Library Association, the program has reached 700 libraries in 49 states and more than 30,000 young adults (ages 12 to 21) since 2006.  Libraries receiving 2016 Great Stories grants will attend a day-long training workshop June 23 and receive copies of three theme-related books to use in reading and discussion groups of 6 to 10 people; travel and lodging support to attend the national orientation workshop; and a variety of programming support materials. All types of U.S. libraries located within or working in partnership with an organization that serves at-risk youth were eligible to apply.  NEH has supported a wide range of grant opportunities through ALA’s Public Programs Office, including Latino Americans: 500 Years of History and Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry.   Visit the American Library Association Public Programs Office website, Programming Librarian, for future grant opportunities.  Visit NEH’s Division of Public Programs website for additional grant opportunities.  The next Public Humanities Projects submission deadline is August 10, 2016; guidelines will be posted June 9.

Please contact Division program officer Karen Kenton (kkenton[at]neh[dot]gov) with any questions about NEH grant opportunities or to make an appointment during the conference.