ALA Great Stories Club, provided by Oprah’s Angel Network

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(Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens and Books)

Now accepting applications for Round II!
The Great Stories CLUB is organized by the American Library Association Public Programs Office (PPO), in cooperation with the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Major funding for the Great Stories CLUB has been provided by Oprah’s Angel Network.

The Great Stories CLUB is a reading and discussion program that targets underserved, troubled teen populations. The program reaches teens through books that are relevant to their lives, inviting them to read and keep the books, and encourages them to consider and discuss each title with a group of their peers. It seeks to show that reading can be a source of pleasure, a tool for self-exploration, and a meaningful way to connect to the wider world. Its ultimate goal is to inspire young adults who face difficult situations to take control of their lives by embracing the power of reading.

Round I
All types of libraries located within or working in partnership with organizations that serve troubled teens were invited to apply by February 15, 2008. See the list of Round I grant recipients.

Want to learn more about this round? Read about the Round I program themes, or check out our resources for project directors.

Round II
Round II applications will be accepted from September 9–November 14, 2008. View the guidelines, application instructions, and Round II theme and reading list.

Round III
Round III applications will be accepted from September 1–November 1, 2009.

Past Programs