Talk Story Grant Winners

Because I’m the co-chair, you guys get to hear the news first hand!  APALA/AILA are officially announcing the 2011 Talk Story Grant Winners!

March 25, 2011

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) Announce the Winners of the 2011 Talk Story Grant

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) are pleased to award the Greenwich Branch of the Gloucester County Library System in Gibbstown, New Jersey and White Mesa Library of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Towaoc, Colorado each a $500 grant to host a Talk Story program at their library.

Greenwich Branch serves a small town of 5,000 people with a growing Pacific Islander population.  The library will be highlighting Samoan culture though classes for the community on South Pacific Island dance, Samoan tattoo art, and Polynesian musical instruments.

The White Mesa Library is a service offered by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe headquartered in Towaoc, CO to the 335 reservation residents of White Mesa, Utah. The library plans a special day for children and their parents to learn about their Ute cultural heritage. Two classes are planned for the day in which a story from the tribe’s past will be told by a local expert followed by a craft activity that has cultural significance. The day will also include an open house to introduce the library’s new automated system and to issue library cards.

Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture (www.talkstorytogether.org) is a  literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families. The program celebrates and explores their stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience.  2011 is the second year that AILA and APALA  have partnered on the Talk Story project and allocated grant funding to libraries to implement programs geared towards the APA/AIAN communities.

We thank all of the candidates who applied for our grant this year and hope that the brainstorming for next year’s grant applications will begin right away. For more information, please visit the Talk Story web site, www.talkstorytogether.org.

Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture is a joint project between the American Indian Library Association and the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association that started as part of ALA 2009-2010 President Camila Alire’s Family Literacy Focus Initiative.

 

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2 thoughts on “Talk Story Grant Winners

  1. It was SOOOOOOOO hard to choose only one!!! There were soooo many libraries have great ideas to promote diverstiy in their library programs for the children and the family… It really warms my heart…

    Now all we need is to raise more awareness of “Talk Story” so we can have more money to provide grants!!!!

    Excellent Job, Lessa!!!!

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