“Light the Way” Grants of $3,000 are offered to assist public and school libraries in conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through new programs or the expansion of existing programs. Preference is given to programs serving children with learning or physical differences, those who speak English as a second language, children from nontraditional school environments or in foster care, children in the juvenile justice system, and those who need accommodation services. The grant program is sponsored by Candlewick Press and administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Interested applicants must be ALA members.
To support teachers in commemorating Juneteenth, The New York Public Library has a new booklist, featuring both fiction and nonfiction titles, which provides context and background information on this holiday for students of all ages.
Games are microcosms of the real world, making play and design a springboard for possibility. The Game Design Studio Toolkit supports teens in using game design to lead systems of change, engaging teens in individual and collective reflection and action as they create their own games.
The Center for Black Literature (CBL) at Medgar Evers College, in partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and University of Pittsburgh School of Education, invites high school and college students of all ages to participate in the writing contest “Celebrating Black Writers: Voices Calling for Activism and Social Justice.”