Great Stories Club

TRHT Great Stories Club Pilot
Frequently Asked Questions

Are non-library organizations eligible to apply for the TRHT Great Stories Club pilot?

No. However, institutions without a library that provide support to under-resourced, underserved, or at-risk populations are encouraged to contact their local library and create a partnering relationship with the library as the applicant.

If my library received a Great Stories Club grant for a prior theme, may we apply again for the TRHT GSC pilot?

Yes! Applications from previous Great Stories Club grantees are welcome.

Is attendance at the April 2018 orientation workshop required?

Yes. The library’s project director must be available to attend the April 19-20 workshop in Chicago. Airfare, lodging and some meals will be covered by ALA.

Must libraries give the TRHT GSC books away to teens?

Yes. The library may keep up to one copy of each title for the library collection, and provide up to one copy for the discussion leader. All other books received through the grant must be gifted to program participants to keep as their own. If you cannot fulfill this program requirement, please contact Brian Russell ( to explore options for meeting the grant terms.

How were the books chosen?

The books featured in the TRHT GSC pilot program were selected and the supporting resources developed during a process supported by a planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This process involved collaboration between humanities scholars, programming librarian advisors, creative artists, and ALA staff. Learn more about the individuals who participated in this NEH planning grant. New reading lists for future TRHT GSC programs are currently being developed by the TRHT GSC Implementation Team; materials and grant opportunities for libraries will be announced in late 2018.

Will ALA substitute other books that are not on the TRHT GSC pilot reading list at our request?

No. The TRHT GSC pilot program will provide supporting resources and training specific to the three titles on the reading list only. Unfortunately ALA cannot accommodate substitutions for this pilot program.

Will only successful applicants receive notification about the outcome of the application?

No. All applicants will be notified by ALA, regardless of the outcome of their applications. Libraries will be notified via e-mail by February 26. If your library has not received notification by the stated date, please contact ALA at 312-280-5045 or

What if I have questions about my application?

Join ALA’s Public Programs Office to learn more about preparing your TRHT GSC application during a webinar for prospective applicants on Friday, January 12. Click here to register.

The ALA Public Programs Office staff is also here to help. Please direct questions to Brian Russell ( We strongly advise interested applicants to get in touch by February 1 to allow enough time for staff to assist you before the February 16 application deadline.

What is Truth, Racial Healing & Transfomation (TRHT), and where can I learn more?

TRHT is 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. It was launched by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in January 2016 with a year-long design phase and builds upon and complements the foundation’s decades-long commitment to advancing racial healing and racial equity throughout the U. S.

A primary focus of TRHT is jettisoning the deeply held, and often unconscious, beliefs that undergird racism – the main one being the belief in a hierarchy of human value. This belief, which has fueled racism and conscious and unconscious bias throughout American culture, is the perception of a person’s or group’s inferiority or superiority based on physical characteristics, race, ethnicity or place of origin.

Read more about TRHT on the Kellogg Foundation website.

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