Jaffarian 2018

School libraries are invited to apply for the American Library Association’s 2019 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming, a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in grades K-8.

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School libraries, public or private, that serve K-8 students are eligible. Nominated programs must have taken place during the current school year (2018-19). Programs that are still in progress as of the award deadline are eligible, and libraries are encouraged to self-nominate.

Eligible humanities programs may be focused in many subject areas, including social studies, poetry, drama, art, music, language arts, foreign language and culture. Programs should focus on broadening perspectives and helping students understand the world and their place in it. They should be initiated and coordinated by the school librarian and exemplify the role of the library program in advancing the overall educational goals of the school.

View a list of past Jaffarian Award winners.
View a free, pre-recorded webinar with the winner of the 2018 Jaffarian Award.

Named after the late Sara Jaffarian, a school librarian and longtime ALA member, ALA’s Jaffarian Award was established in 2006 to recognize and promote excellence in humanities programming in elementary and middle-school libraries. It is presented annually by the ALA Public Programs Office in cooperation with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The award is selected annually by a committee comprising members of the ALA Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee (PCPAC), AASL and the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC).

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