Thursday, May 14, 2009

Guest Bloggers Wanted!!

Fellow bibliotecarios!

If you work with Spanish-speaking and Latino communities and have a piece of wisdom or news to share with the rest of the community, we would love to hear it on this blog! Guest bloggers are welcome for either one-time appearances, or ongoing, periodic contributions.

Email la bibliotecaria to become a guest blogger on Libraries, Spanish and Kids, or to let me know about your blog if you would like it linked to on Chiles.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Books for Children Grants

This information was passed on to me on the REFORMA email list, and I thought it would be valuable to repost here, even though the application deadline for this year has passed. Although these grants do not specifically relate to developing a Spanish-language collection, any money made available for collection development outside of your normal budget is a bonus, and, I hope, you might choose to use it to further your commitment to your Latino patrons.

The April 23rd deadline for applying for an April 2009 Books for
Children Grant from The Libri Foundation is fast approaching.

The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which
donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public
libraries throughout the United States. Since October 1990, the
Foundation has donated over $3,600,000 worth of new children's books to
more than 2,500 libraries in 49 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.

In order to encourage and reward local support of libraries, The Libri
Foundation will match any amount of money raised by your local sponsors
from $50 to $350 on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to
$1,050 worth of new children's books. After a library receives a grant,
local sponsors (such as formal or informal Friends groups, civic or
social organizations, local businesses, etc.) have four months, or
longer if necessary, to raise their matching funds.

The librarian of each participating library selects the books her
library will receive from a booklist provided by the Foundation. The
700-plus fiction and nonfiction titles on the booklist reflect the very
best of children's literature published primarily in the last three
years. These titles, which are for children ages 12 and under, are
award-winners or have received starred reviews in library, literary, or
education journals. The booklist also includes a selection of classic
children's titles.

Libraries are qualified on an individual basis. In general, county
libraries should serve a population under 16,000 and town libraries
should serve a population under 10,000 (usually under 5,000). Libraries
should be in a rural area, have a limited operating budget, and an
active children's department.

Please note: Rural is usually considered to be at least 30 miles from a
city with a population over 40,000. Town libraries with total operating
budgets over $150,000 and county libraries with total operating budgets
over $350,000 are rarely given grants.

Applications are accepted from independent libraries as well as
libraries which are part of a county, regional, or cooperative library

A school library may apply only if it also serves as the public library
(i.e. it is open to the everyone in the community, has some summer
hours, and there is no public library in town).

A branch library may apply if the community it is in meets the
definition of rural. If the branch library receives its funding from
its parent institution, then the parent institution's total operating
budget, not just the branch library's total operating budget, must meet
the budget guidelines.

Previous BOOKS FOR CHILDREN grant recipients are eligible to apply for
another grant three years after the receipt of their last grant.
Libraries that do not fulfill all grant requirements, including the
final report, may not apply for another grant.

Application guidelines and forms may be downloaded from the Foundation's
website at:

For more information about The Libri Foundation or its Books for
Children program, please contact Ms. Barbara J. McKillip, President, The
Libri Foundation, PO Box 10246, Eugene, OR 97440. 541-747-9655
(phone); 541-747-4348 (fax); (email). Normal
office hours are: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific Time.