Libri Foundation Grant: Childrens' Books for Rural Libraries

ImageThe Montello Public Library and the Brandon Public Library were recently awarded Libri Foundation grants for children's and young adult books. Montello Public Library received 81 new books at a value of $1413.59; here's a list of  the new books the library received.  Their grant was made possible with help from a donation of $350 from the Friends of the Montello Public Library. Brandon Public Library received a grant totaling $1,400 to purchase a selection of preschool - gr. 6 books, which will be arriving in November 2010.  Their grant was made possible with help of donations from Thomas L. Reilly (local  author), Gloria Newton, Bank of Oakfield, Central Well Drilling, Inc., and Tylor S. Loest. To qualify for a grant, a library needs to ...

  • serve a population under 10,000 (usually under 5,000)
  • be in a rural area (usually considered to be at least 30 miles from a city with a population over 40,000)
  • have a limited operating budget, and
  • have an active children's department

Application process:

  1. Read the grant application instructions
  2. Follow the link on that page to fill out the application form online; then print, sign, and mail to The Libri Foundation.

Grants are awarded twice a year. Application deadlines:

  • January 23, 2011 postmark
  • April 15, 2011 postmark

If you want your books in time for summer reading program, apply for a January grant. April grant recipients may not receive their books until after most summer reading programs begin. The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its Books For Children program.

The Foundation works with the library's Friends of the Library or other local organizations because we believe in community involvement and want to encourage and reward local support of libraries. The Friends, or other local sponsors, can contribute from $50 to $350 which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1,050 worth of new, quality, hardcover children's books through the Foundation's Books For Children program. The local librarian, familiar with the needs of the library and the community, selects the books the library will receive from the Foundation's 700-title booklist, which has been highly praised by participating librarians for the quality and variety of fiction and nonfiction titles offered. The majority of books have been published within the last three years, but old favorites are also offered. All of the books have been highly recommended by recognized authorities in the library and education fields.

Resources: The Libri Foundation list of 2009-2010 grant award winners Brandon Public Library website Montello Public Library website