Great Stories Club

Resources for ALA's Great Stories Club Series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation


In October 2017, ALA received a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to develop new Great Stories Club (GSC) series inspired by their Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Framework. To learn more about the TRHT Framework and download a copy of the Kellogg Foundation's TRHT Implementation Guidebook, visit

In 2018 and 2019, ALA will offer 100 grants to libraries on the following related themes, as part of the TRHT series. To learn more, visit the ALA website.

  • Deeper Than Our Skins: The Present is a Conversation with the Past
  • Finding Your Voice: Speaking Truth to Power
  • Growing Up Brave: Courage and Coming of Age

TRHT Glossary

Vital to discussing the complex issues of race is a common vocabulary that helps prevent misunderstandings and misinterpretations. Words can have different meanings to different people based on their experiences. The concepts and phrases in the TRHT Glossary can help avoid misunderstandings. While not everyone may agree on the definition of each word, a common understanding of how words are being used in particular circumstances can help more productive conversations to take place.

Resources on Structural Racism

One of the goals of the TRHT GSC is for all participating library workers, community partners, and teen readers to see a role for themselves in shifting structural racism within their communities and beyond. The following readings provide information about structural racism and are strongly recommended for TRHT GSC program staff.

About Racial Healing Circles

Libraries that receive a grant to implement one of the Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation will convene racial healing circles with their teen readers. To support this activity, grantees will participate in a racial healing circle during the two-day project orientation workshop; receive a grant stipend of $1,200 to cover expenses for an experienced facilitator to co-present a circle(s) with their GSC readers; and receive ongoing networking and peer support through the project's cohort of grantees.

Before applying for the GSC's Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation series, applicants are advised to review the following.
  • "Restoring to Wholeness," a publication from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, can help you understand more about what racial healing is and what racial healing circles can help you achieve in your program. As you consider this content, you may wish to consider how you will sequence healing circles in the context of your overall reading and discussion program series and how you will advocate for inclusion of this work when speaking with library administration and partner organization staff.
  • As further context, you may wish to access the archived Webinar "Preparing to Implement Effective Racial Healing Circles," download the transcript, or review the related post-webinar Q&A provided by the presenters.
  • Librarian and GSC project director Kristy Gale shared her experience on The Seattle Public Library's University Branch Teen Book Club Blog. As one of 25 libraries to pilot a TRHT series, Seattle Public Library held a racial healing circle at the Interagency Academy at the University District Youth Center. Applicants may wish to review this first-hand experience when planning their own library's programs.

Connecting with a Circle Facilitator

When applying for a Great Stories Club grant for the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation series, the applicant library is encouraged to identify an eligible racial healing practitioner / racial healing circle facilitator. A programming stipend of $1,200 will be provided to cover related expenses.

If you require assistance connecting with a practitioner/facilitator, please consider contacting the following organizations that may be able to help you. Library staff and others who have undertaken racial healing circle facilitator training/preparation are eligible for this role.

TRHT Campus Centers

TRHT Places

Other TRHT-affiliated Racial Healing Practitioners

Additional Funding Sources

Should you require additional support for your TRHT GSC program series, the following organizations may be a possible source of funding.

Community Partner Organizations

The following national youth-focused organizations offer resources for connecting with a local affiliate to forge an eligible library outreach partnership. Many other types of local organizations and agencies are appropriate partners for the TRHT GSC as well. Please contact ALA if you have questions or would like feedback on a prospective partner organization's fit for the project.

General Program Planning Resources

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