Global Libraries Grant

IRIS NRC is delighted to announce the 2024 Global Libraries Grant for Wisconsin school libraries. The Global Libraries Grant has been created to support K-12 student engagement with internationally themed texts. Applicants may select up to 30 copies or titles from the thematic lists provided on the IRIS NRC priority themes of migration, human rights, global health, global poverty and inequality, and climate change. Thematic lists have been curated by IRIS NRC with contributions from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC).

Application deadline extended to Monday, May 20, 2024

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Who can apply? 
Any school library (or department if your school doesn’t have a library) in the state of Wisconsin may apply.

If selected, how many books will my school receive?

Up to thirty books can be selected from a discrete list provided by IRIS NRC, as they meet your school’s needs. In your application, you can select 30 individual titles or multiple copies of individual titles.

How do I apply?

You will apply for the grant through a brief application form outlining the use of the books, the need for the books in your school, and potential initiatives at your school that the books could help support.

Criteria for evaluation:

  • Geographical diversity: funding will be awarded to provide the maximum diversity across state school districts
  • Need: demonstrated financial or curricular need to internationalize the library collection
  • Alignment with mission: proposals must make a clear connection between school initiatives and one or more of the IRIS NRC priority themes of migration, human rights, global health, global poverty and inequality, and climate change.
  • Anticipated impact: discussion of how the books might impact the school and school community

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Award Recipients will Receive: 

  1. Up to 30 copies of internationally themed books for their school library/department
  2. Award certificate for display
  3. A press release sample for their school newsletter

Award Recipients are Asked to: 

  1. Highlight the books in a display in their school library or classroom
  2. Announce the award in a school or district newsletter
  3. Provide a testimonial or complete a questionnaire about the school’s use of the books

Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience.

Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, Perspectives: Choosing and Using Books for the Classroom