Library receives Great Stories Club grant from the American Library Association
Mabel C. Fry Public Library has been selected as one of 35 libraries nationwide to take part in the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for underserved teens. This competitive grant is offered by the American Library Association (ALA) with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
“We are thrilled to have received the Great Stories Club grant again this year, said Librarian, Sara Schieman. “Our library is the only one in the state of Oklahoma to receive the grant. I am so proud that Lindsay Ogle, the library’s young adult programmer, works so hard to make this fantastic program available to the students at Gary E. Miller Canadian County Children’s Justice Center.”
As part of the Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, staff from the library will work with teens at the Fort Reno Adolescent Center to read and discuss stories that explore questions of race, equity, identity, history, institutional change and social justice.
The books — curated for the theme “Growing Up Brave on the Margins: Courage and Coming of Age” — will include “Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal” by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona; “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas; “March: Book One” by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell; and “Shadowshaper” by Daniel José Older.
The titles were selected to inspire young people — especially those facing difficult circumstances or challenges — to consider "big questions" about the world around them and their place in it.
Mabel C. Fry Public Library will receive a programming grant and 11 copies of each of the selected books, which will be gifted to the book club participants at the end of the program. Lindsay Ogle, the library’s Young Adult Programmer, also received resources and training, including travel and accommodations for an orientation workshop in Chicago on October 3 and 4, 2019. The workshop included dialogue facilitation training led by consultants to Everyday Democracy and program modeling led by national project scholar Susana M. Morris (Georgia Institute of Technology).
The book discussions are held beginning in January for residents of the Fort Reno Adolescent Center in El Reno.
Since 2006, ALA’s Great Stories Club has helped libraries engage young adults with accessible, thought-provoking literature. The current series is part of the Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation efforts, a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.
The Great Stories Club is one of Yukon’s best programs. Optimism, energy and opportunity inspire the best in everything we do. To learn more about Yukon’s best, visit www.yukonok.gov or call 405-354-8232.
About the American Library Association
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