WSL Updates for April 27, 2017

Volume 13, April 27, 2017 for the WSL Updates mailing list Topics include: 1) FIRST TUESDAYS DOES LINCOLN CENTER 2) METADATA CLEANUP GRANTS 3) SCHOOL LIBRARY GRANTS 4) GRANTS FOR BANNED BOOK WEEK 5) BEST BUY COMMUNITY GRANTS 6) FREE CE OPPORTUNITIES NEXT WEEK --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

1) FIRST TUESDAYS DOES LINCOLN CENTER Wish you had an easy way to host community engagement cultural experiences for your library patrons? Our First Tuesdays speaker for May, Kami Morasco, program manager at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., has a great opportunity to share. Join us as she explains how you can invite your patrons to experience the excitement of Lincoln Center right in their neighborhood library through the Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings program. “Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings Program,” presented by Kami Morasco, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 9:00 a.m. PDT. Sign in at First Tuesdays is designed as a continuing-education opportunity for staff of libraries in Washington State. This free one-hour web presentation allows attendees to share their skills and successes and learn about new topics. These special-subject presentations, lasting about 60 minutes, are recorded so that others may listen at their own convenience. For links to archived sessions, visit

2) METADATA CLEANUP GRANTS The Washington State Library (WSL) is offering Metadata Cleanup Grants to support public, academic, and tribal libraries in remediating, re-cataloging, and/or enhancing digital collection records currently available to the public through digital library and digital repository systems. The primary purpose of these grants is to help institutions prepare for the eventual harvest of collection metadata by a regional or state-level Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) service hub.

  • To review eligibility requirements, grant guidelines, and to download grant applications, go to
  • The application deadline is Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
Overall funding to support this grant cycle is $25,000, with a limit of $5,000 per application. It is anticipated that five (5) or more applicants may receive awards. Awards are contingent upon receipt of federal funds and distribution of those funds by WSL, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State. For more information, contact Evan Robb at [email protected] or 360-704-5228.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

3) SCHOOL LIBRARY GRANTS The Washington State Library (WSL) is accepting applications for RSL-2: a new cycle of “Refreshing School Libraries” grants. The purpose of the grant is to help bolster schools’ nonfiction collections. We hope to help support Common Core Standards and student enjoyment. We anticipate making 100 awards of $2,000 in reimbursable funding. Libraries in public and non-profit K-12 schools are eligible. The deadline for both the online application and the signature sheet (postmark) is May 1, 2017. Awards will be announced on May 30, 2017. For more information, including the guidelines and application documents, visit ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

4) GRANTS FOR BANNED BOOK WEEK Each year the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) distributes grants to non-profit organizations to support activities which raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues during the annual Banned Books Week celebration (September 24 – 30, 2017.) Libraries, schools and universities are encouraged to apply. Grants are awarded at two levels, $1,000 and $2,500. To be eligible for a grant, organizations must not have been a recipient of an FTRF grant within the past five years. Grantees also receive an ALA 2017 Banned Books Week PromoKit valued at $84 which includes one poster, one roll of stickers, one 50-pack of the “2017 Field Report: Banned and Challenged Books,” one 100-pack of bookmarks, and one tote bag. Grantees are encouraged to share their events on social media and local press. A follow-up report detailing expenditures, numbers of participants, links to press coverage, and a narrative of the event is due within six weeks of the Banned Books Week celebration. The deadline for applications is May 12, 2017. For more information and to apply, visit ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

5) BEST BUY COMMUNITY GRANTS The Best Buy Foundation will donate up to $2 million in Community Grants to local and regional nonprofit partners offering programs that create hands-on access to technology education and tools that teens will need to be successful in their future schooling and careers. Programs should include hands-on learning opportunities and engage the youth in experimenting, and interacting with the latest technologies to build 21st century skills. Best Buy invites out-of-school time programs that have a fundamental commitment to youth, ages 13-18, to apply for funding. Minimum eligibility criteria include:

  • Eligible nonprofits may be a public or nonprofit community-based organization (e.g., community center, school or library) with existing local or regional out-of-school time program and a proven track record of serving youth ages 13-18.
  • Program must operate within 25 miles of a Best Buy store or other Best Buy center of operations (e.g., warehouse, corporate headquarters, Geek Squad Service Center, etc.) to allow for Best Buy employee volunteer participation (if appropriate).
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion. Other criteria also apply.
Program grants typically range from $4k to $6k, but will not exceed $10k. The application site opens May 1, 2017, and proposals must be submitted by 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time, May 19, 2017. For more detailed information and to apply, visit ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


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