[Library Media] Reading & Book Discussion Program for Underserved Teens

Juan Lee jtlee at utah.gov
Fri Jan 5 15:48:59 MST 2018


*Libraries invited to apply for Truth, Racial Healing &t transformation
Great Stories Club pilot program for underserved youth*

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/19/2017
Contact: Sarah Ostman
Communications Manager
ALA Public Programs Office
sostman at ala.org

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites libraries to apply
for a pilot of the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Great
Stories Club (GSC), a thematic reading and discussion program series that
will engage underserved teens through literature-based library outreach
programs and racial healing work. The TRHT GSC is supported by a grant from
the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

An expansion of ALA’s long-standing GSC program model, the TRHT GSC will
feature books that explore the coming-of-age experience for young people in
historically marginalized groups. The TRHT GSC is a part of the Kellogg
Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation efforts, a
comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring
about transformational and sustainable change and to address the historic
and contemporary effects of racism.

Visit the project guidelines and apply online by Feb. 16, 2018. Potential
applicants may register for a free January 12th webinar to learn more about
the pilot program and its requirements.

Up to 25 selected libraries will work with small groups of teens to read
and discuss three titles — selected by librarians and humanities scholars
to resonate with reluctant readers facing difficult challenges like
detention, incarceration, addiction, academic probation, poverty, and
homelessness — on the theme “Growing Up Brave on the Margins.”

Participating libraries must host at least three book discussion programs
and at least one interactive racial healing session, led by a racial
healing practitioner familiar with the Kellogg Foundation’s TRHT framework
and racial healing approach. Programming must take place between May and
October 2018.

Featured titles will include “Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal” by G. Willow
Wilson and Adrian Alphona; “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas; and “MARCH:
Book One” by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell.

*Participating libraries will receive:*

   - 11 copies of each of the three selected titles (10 to gift to
   participants, one for the discussion leader/library collection)
   - A $300 programming stipend
   - Access to a racial healing practitioner who is engaged with the
   Kellogg Foundation’s TRHT framework and racial healing approach
   - Travel and accommodation expenses paid for one library staff member to
   attend a project orientation workshop, April 19-20, 2018, in Chicago;
   training will cover humanities content for the selected titles, best
   practices for leading discussion groups, an overview of the TRHT process,
   and an interactive session led by a racial healing practitioner
   - Additional training, resources, and support

Applicant libraries must either be located within an organization that
serves under-resourced or at-risk teens (e.g., alternative high schools,
juvenile detention facilities) or work in partnership with an organization
that serves that teenage population. For examples of acceptable partner
organizations, visit the TRHT GSC Resources page.

The TRHT Great Stories Club will be administered by ALA’s Public Programs
Office in partnership with ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and
Outreach Services.

*About the American Library Association*

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library
association in the world, with approximately 57,000 members in academic,
public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the
American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development,
promotion and improvement of library and information services and the
profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access
to information for all.

*About the ALA Great Stories Club*

A project of the American Library Association (ALA), the Great Stories Club
(GSC) is a reading and discussion program model that targets underserved,
troubled teen populations. Launched in 2006, the GSC has received funding
from Oprah’s Angel Network, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the
National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation, bringing literary
reading and discussion programming to more than 800 libraries and 30,000
young adults. The project seeks to inspire teens to consider "big
questions" about the world around them and their place in it, affecting how
they view themselves as thinkers and creators; establish important
connections between underserved youth, their public library and community
support agencies; and contribute to improved literacy and changed, positive
attitudes toward reading.

*Thank you to Loriene Roy, Professor, School of Information, The University
of Texas at Austin for sharing this information.*


*Juan Tomás Lee*, State Data Coordinator & Library Consultant

he / him / his

Utah *State Library* Division <http://library.utah.gov>

Department of Heritage & Arts

250 N 1950 W Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-715-6769  |  800-662-9150  |  jtlee at utah.gov

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