LSTA Award Winners
Five applicants were granted LSTA funds during a recent funding cycle. Here are the winning proposals:
Train of Thought, proposed by Benjamin Banneker Academic High School Library, will generate six issues of a student newspaper. It has as its purpose teaching students how to select and assign stories, and how to research, write, publish, manage, and critique each issue. The newspaper journalism team will consist of 30 students, but the reach is school-wide (419). The newspaper will be published on paper and electronically on the school’s website. The project is a partnership between Banneker teachers and the school librarian and George Washington University’s Prime Movers Media Program, a journalism program targeted to urban schools that calls on the mentoring skills of veteran journalists and university interns. This grant was for $9,385.
Youth202, proposed by Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in partnership with Radio Rootz, a community-based youth media organization, will be Washington, DC’s first central repository for news, information, and entertainment for teens. The proposal states, “A digital radio program, blog, and Twitter feed created by and for teens, Youth202 will also be the first wide-scale youth-produced new media portal in DC.” The involvement of DCPL’s information specialists and Radio Rootz’ community media professionals will train teen participants in digital audio production, research, and online writing and web design. The 20-30 teens that create the Youth202 information will identify issues, ideas, and events they want to explore, and will research and create radio and blog pieces by tapping into the vast community of youth-service providers in the city. The full audience for Youth202 media is 24,000. This grant was for $19,765.
Sewing With SiNGA, proposed by Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library in partnership with SiNGA, Inc., a nonprofit training program that, since 1996, has prepared graduates for careers in retail, with particular emphasis on the clothing and textile industries. The intention is to use teens’ keen interest in fashion to build reading and math skills, along with technical, creative, and business skills to create and present their own fashion lines. A booklist was included in the application. The program will run twice a month at Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, from October through July, and will register 15 teens. The grant was for $6,000.
Sing, Talk and Read (STAR), proposed by DC LEARNs in collaboration with DC Public Library, will offer a structured series of workshops to parents and caregivers of children, from newborn through age 3, designed to develop the skills that will later help the children learn to read. Leaders who are trained specifically to deliver the interactive techniques parents and caregivers will implement during the workshops build confidence along with the fun of using songs, rhyme, conversation, and reading to ensure that each adult goes away with a “toolkit” of possibilities—and new support friends with whom they can continue the relationship begun through STAR. The program will be conducted at selected community centers as well as at neighborhood libraries in DC. The grant was for $18,600.
Door-to-Door, proposed by Petworth Neighborhood Library in collaboration with WAMU 88.5, will capture oral stories of Washington DC residents in the neighborhood they call “home.” The project builds on a regular segment called “Door-to-Door” aired on the weekly radio program, “Metro Connection,” produced by WAMU. As the latest census shows, DC is in the midst of demographic change, but some residents of the city’s neighborhoods have lived there through several generations. This project will capture these conversations and photos in the neighborhood and at Petworth library that will later become part of the DC Public Library’s historical collection. The recording sessions will be organized by WAMU staff and facilitated by DCPL librarians. It is difficult to estimate the numerical “reach” this project will have. The grant was for $17,390.
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