April 15th, 2011

The Illinois School Library Media Association/Library Book Selection Service will issue its third annual book grants this year.  Public and private school libraries as well as public libraries registered in any of the Illinois Readers’ Choice awards programs—the Monarch Award, the Bluestem Award, the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award, and the Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award—are eligible to apply.
Grant recipients will be awarded one set of the 2012 reading campaign books for the award program indicated on their application.  The titles in each book award set are determined by the individual committees in charge of the reading award programs.  Sets include one copy each of the 20 or 22 books depending on the award program selected.
Information about the grant is available at the ISLMA/LBSS Endowment Fund website (www.lbssfund.org).  The online application form will be available at the website beginning March 15, 2011.  All grant applications must be submitted by May 15, 2011.  Applicants must also be registered for the appropriate 2012 Reader’s Choice program by May 15, 2011 (a separate process).  Questions may be sent to info@lbssfund.org, by fax to 309/649-0916 or by phone to 309/649-0911.
Funds for the endowment fund were received by the Illinois School Library Media Association when the nonprofit Library Book Selection Service was dissolved in June of 2005.  A stipulation of the agreement between LBSS and ISLMA was that the assets be invested in order to fund grants to encourage student reading of quality literature in Illinois.
Book vendors interested in bidding for the contact to provide books for this grant will find information at the same website.  This is a competitive bid.
The ISLMA/LBSS Endowment Fund’s mission is to “Promote reading in Illinois.”  The fund awarded over 400 sets of books to school and public libraries since 2008.

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