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ALA School Library Disaster Grant

At the beginning of the 2008 hurricane season and in a year with a near record number of tornadoes, this is a reminder that the American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with discount retailer Dollar General (the program funder), the American Association of School Librarians and the National Education Association, offers a grant of $5,000 to $15,000 to rebuild and expand public school library media programs affected by disasters. Beyond Words: the Dollar General School Library Relief Fund was created in 2006 to assist school libraries after a disaster.

Grants will be awarded to public school libraries that have incurred substantial damage or hardship due to a natural disaster (tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche, mudslide), fire or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. The goal is to provide funding for books, media, and/or library equipment that support learning in a school library environment.

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