The American Library Association (ALA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are pleased to announce the newest We the PeopleBookshelf. This year’s theme is “The Pursuit of Happiness.” Part of the NEH’s We the People initiative, this annual collection development grant project will award sets of 15 classic books for young readers to 2,000 libraries across the country. Selected libraries will also receive 4 of the Bookshelf titles in Spanish, a bonus CD (Happy Land: Musical Tributes to Laura Ingalls Wilder performed by various artists), posters, bookmarks and programming resources. Libraries interested in receiving the collection are required to develop and host a program to introduce the collection and its theme to students and/or patrons. The list of “Pursuit of Happiness” titles has just been posted at http://www.ala.org/wethepeople. Guidelines and applications will be available online at http://www.wethepeople.gov or via http://www.ala.org/wethepeople from September 19, 2006 through January 31, 2007. All applications are due by January 31. To start planning your application today, visit http://www.ala.org/wethepeople for a list of programming ideas

For questions contact, ALA Public Programs Office 800/545-2433, ext. 5045 or publicprograms@ala.org
Source: ALA Public Programs Office

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