Libraries serve a very important function in our communities. They are a valuable resource for children and adults. Libraries offer a wide range of services from helping people find jobs to offering workshops for small businesses. And they are often the only place to access the internet for the 34% of the US population who do not have computer access at home (“Home Broadband Adoption,” Pew Internet and American Life, 2010).
Libraries tend to reflect the communities they serve. They tailor their services to the needs of the people in their areas. And when new resources are needed to help the local community, libraries will seek funding to make their projects a reality. That’s where we come in.
Better World Books is a huge supporter of libraries of all kinds and we are aware of the financial struggles they face. It is why we decided to make available $75,000 to be distributed to libraries who have compelling projects which will make a dramatic impact in their communities.
Libraries have up until March 25th to submit their “Game Changing” ideas. Winners will be announced on May 16th and the winning projects implemented between 5/16/11 and 12/31/11.
We are looking for projects that will significantly impact literacy in their communities. It’s why we refer to them as “Game Changing” ideas. Successful applicants will use funds to advance a compelling literacy project that Better World Books will follow and share with you.
If you work at a library, know of anyone that works at a library, love your library or have ever been touched by the power of a book, check out www.betterworldbooks.com/librarygrants. There you’ll find out more about the library grant program and how to participate.