[Library Media] K-8 school librarians: APPLY NOW for 2017 Sara Jaffarian Award

Sharon Deeds sdeeds at utah.gov
Mon Feb 6 10:52:11 MST 2017




K-8 school librarians are invited to apply now for a $5,000 ALA award
recognizing outstanding humanities programming. See below for details, and
email ALA’s Public Programs Office with any questions –
publicprograms at ala.org. Thanks!


School libraries are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing
outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade,
the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

Nominations for the 2017 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for
Exemplary Humanities Programming will be accepted until May 5, 2017.
Applications, award guidelines and a list of previous winners are available
at www.ala.org/jaffarian.

School libraries, public or private, that serve K-8 students are eligible.
Nominated programs must have taken place during the current school year
(2016-17). Programs that are still in progress as of the award deadline are
eligible, and libraries are encouraged to self-nominate.

Eligible humanities programs may be focused in many subject areas,
including social studies, poetry, drama, art, music, language arts, foreign
language and culture. Programs should focus on broadening perspectives and
helping students understand the world and their place in it. They should be
initiated and coordinated by the school librarian and exemplify the role of
the library program in advancing the overall educational goals of the

Recent Jaffarian Award-winners have included:

   - Greensboro Sit-In Exhibit
   <http://www.ala.org/programming/2016Jaffarianaward/friendsseminary>, an
   exhibition about a well-known protest of the civil rights movement
   developed by students at Friends Seminary (New York, N.Y.)
   - The R.O.A.D. (Research, Observe, Analyze, Discover) I Travel
   <http://www.ala.org/programming/2014jaffarianaward/perrymeridian>, a
   genealogy program for eighth-graders at Perry Meridian Middle School
   (Indianapolis, Ind.)
   - Transforming Tales
   <http://www.ala.org/programming/2013jaffarianaward/meadowbrook>, a
   program that used fairy tales from around the world to serve as a creative
   introduction to global studies for third-graders at the Meadowbrook School
   of Weston (Weston, Mass.).

Named after the late Sara Jaffarian, a school librarian and longtime ALA
member, ALA’s Jaffarian Award was established in 2006 to recognize and
promote excellence in humanities programming in elementary and
middle-school libraries. It is presented annually by the ALA Public
Programs Office in cooperation with the American Association of School
Librarians (AASL). The award is selected annually by a committee comprising
members of the ALA Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee (PCPAC),
AASL and the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC).

Funding for the Jaffarian Award is provided by ALA’s Cultural Communities
Fund (CCF). In 2003, a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the
Humanities kick-started a campaign to secure the future of libraries as
cultural destinations within the community. Since then, CCF has grown to
more than $1.9 million, serving libraries as they serve their communities
through the highest quality arts and humanities programs. To contribute to
CCF, visit www.ala.org/ccf.


Sarah Ostman

Communications Manager

Public Programs Office

American Library Association

312-280-5061 <(312)%20280-5061>

Sharon Deeds, Youth Services Coordinator/Consultant
Utah State Library Division
250 N 1950 W  Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84116-7901
sdeeds at utah.gov
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