*Ten Libraries, Literacy and Gaming Grants announced*
CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Literacy and
Outreach Services is seeking applications from public, school and academic
libraries interested in developing and implementing innovative literacy
gaming services for youth ages 10-18.
This program is part of ALA's Libraries, Literacy and Gaming initiative
funded by Verizon.
Ten $5,000.00 grants will be awarded to libraries clearly demonstrating
creativity, capacity, sustainability and a strong commitment to
literacy-related gaming services. In addition, the winning libraries will
receive ongoing support and technical assistance from a team of nationally
recognized library gaming experts. Winners will be announced during National
Library Week, April 12-18, 2009. The grant application is available online
All applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm, Friday, March 20.
"There is no doubt that gaming and literacy go hand-in-hand. Board and video
games come with text of all kinds including instructions, menus and much
more. Learning the language and mechanics of any game, from chess to Little
Big Planet, involves acquiring a new vocabulary and a new set of
21stcentury literacy skills," said Dale Lipschultz, Literacy Officer,
Literacy and Outreach Services.
Gaming is one example of how libraries continue to change to meet the needs
of their communities and users, offering innovative programs and services
that educate, entertain and expand interaction with their patrons.
On Nov. 15, hundreds of libraries across the country celebrated the ALA's
first annual National Gaming Day @ your library. Libraries of all types
joined in the celebration by registering for two national gaming activities:
a national video game tournament and board game challenge.
For additional information about the grant contact: Dale Lipschultz,
Literacy Officer, Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, by phone, (312)
280-3275, or e-mail, *dlipschu...@ala.org* <dlipschu...@ala.org>.