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Great Stories Club

Great Stories Club

Libraries are invited to apply for the Great Stories Club, a literature-based reading and discussion program that gives underserved youth the opportunity to read, reflect, and share ideas on topics that resonate with them.

Applications will be accepted from May 7—July 9, 2018. Up to 150 libraries will be selected.

Working with small groups of teens, grantees will host reading and discussion programs for up to four thematically related books. The titles—selected in consultation with librarian advisors and humanities scholars—are chosen to resonate with reluctant readers struggling with complex issues like academic probation, detention, incarceration, violence and poverty.

Applicants for the current round of Great Stories Club grants may choose one or both of the following themes:

"Empathy: The Cost of Switching Sides" will feature the following titles, from which libraries may select up to four. Titles marked with an asterisk (*) will be featured in the project orientation workshop.

  • "Flight" by Sherman Alexie* (Read ALA's statement about the use of "Flight" for this project.)
  • "Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation" by Octavia Butler, Damian Duffy and John Jennings*
  • "All American Boys" by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely*
  • "Stuck in Neutral" by Terry Trueman
  • "March: Book Three" by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
"What Makes a Hero? Self, Society and Rising to the Occasion" will feature the following titles, from which libraries may select up to four. Titles marked with an asterisk (*) will be featured in the project orientation workshop.

  • "Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1" by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze*
  • "Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began" by Art Spiegelman*
  • "Binti" by Nnedi Okorafor*
  • "Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two" by Joseph Bruchac
  • "What Can(t) Wait" by Ashley Hope Pérez
  • "Buck: A Memoir" by MK Asante

For more information

To be notified about upcoming Great Stories Club offerings, please sign up for ALA's Programming Librarian e-newsletter. (Link opens in a new window.)

To learn about ALA's Great Stories Club collaboration with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, visit our Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club page.

All libraries are encouraged to use reading lists, discussion questions and other resources from previous Great Stories Club themes. All materials are free. To view them, visit our Resources page.

Questions? Contact ALA's Public Programs Office at publicprograms@ala.org.

To access the application system, sign in with your apply.ala.org profile.