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Monday, April 2, 2018

Do you want to bring a culturally relevant author/illustrator to your library? Have you ever wished that you could put a copy of the same amazing book in the hands of every family? This is your chance!

Figure wishing for grant moneyThe deadline has been extended until Friday, April 6, 2018 for the “Students as Community Members: Connecting through Books, Collections, and Perspective Sharing” workshop at Hotel Marshfield on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. This workshop is one of two "Connect and Create Workshops for Public and School Librarians" hosted by The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Registration is FREE and includes lunch. Register online here:

The phrase “students as community members” reflects that idea that youth need to see themselves and others in our global community in the books that they read. This workshop will be tailored to the needs of the attendees, and conversations and activities will emphasize concrete aspects of collection development, as well as bigger topics like social justice. Speakers will include Nick Glass (keynote) and Martha Kaempffer, Rita Platt, Susan Plewa (school and public library practitioner panel). Caitlin Schaffer and Jenny Barreau will lead challenge activities using BreakoutEDU. Grant opportunities for this workshop will emphasize program development and hosting for an author/illustrator visit to school and public library environments.

A descriptive PDF with additional information about the workshops, registration, and grants can be found at:

A blog post with registration and FAQs for the “Connect and Create Workshops for Public and School Librarians” can be found at:

Following the workshop, attendees who complete the workshop training will be eligible to apply for a joint school and public library project grant, which could be used to bring a culturally relevant author or illustrator to your community. Projects must have a dual public library and school library audience; therefore, grant applications must be submitted by committed pairs, one of whom must have completed the workshop training.

Details about the grants will be shared at the workshop, along with sample application materials. Grant proposals are due Friday, June 8, 2018; recipients will be notified mid-June. Projects must be completed by September 30, 2018, including encumbrance of funds, though project activities might take place anytime between July and December 2018.

Written by:
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Public Library Development Team

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For questions about this information, contact Monica Treptow (608) 575-6065

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