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Writing grants is an important part of a librarian's job.  Grants help extend budgets and fund fun and innovative programs for patrons.  Grant writing can be a daunting task, which is why we have created this page for you!  Here, you will find resources such as:

  • how to write a grant proposal
  • examples of grant proposal letters
  • research to use to support your proposal
  • links to great sites on grants


Please let us know of any questions that you have for which you cannot find answers on this page, or if you think that anything should be added, please let us know!!


Writing a Grant Proposal


Samples and Tips 


Research Assistance for Crafting your Proposal


General Grant Support


Help with Summer Reading

  • Active Summer, Active Minds (article) by Valerie Strauss.  Great article written for the Washington Post on the importance of summer reading in keeping students learning over the summer. Gives statistics on how reading skills are lost over the summer, great quotes from researchers from the University of Virginia and the University of Tennessee. 
  • National Summer Learning Association (website) Organization to share information about summer reading. Lots of great information on summer reading programs, including professional development options, research and publications, policies, programs, news, and events.


Benefits of Literacy Development 


Research, Statistics, and Data: 

  •  2009 Reader Survey Results from the Reader Group Guide.  Survey results from online community of readers.  Great insights on what your  patrons might want and need in the library, and how to go about developing a collection that suits your community. This information could be used to justify why funding is needed for a specific sector of your library. 
  •  Kids Count Data Bank Basic data on kids from all over the United States.  Data offered on kids in Pennsylvania, and Allegheny County specifically. 
  • 2008 Kids & Family Reading Report compiled by Scholastic.  Data and statistics on kids and reading as well as technologies' affect on children and their reading habits.


Encouraging Reading:

  •  A Tale of Two Tables blog entry by Donalyn Miller.  Excellent ideas on promoting reading during the summer and encouraging the use of fun and entertaining books for kids as opposed to literary giants.



  • How to Foster a Cooperative Culture (article) by Lynda Gratton.  Information on how collaborating with your co-workers can help your organization prosper.             


Digital Media

  • Digital Media and Learning News and resources on how digital media affect learning in children. Links to websites and resources on digital media as well.

Youth Services Grant Opportunities 

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