Grant Opportunity

Captain Planet Foundation
The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million.

Grants are made for activities that conform to the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation which is to: To give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. Our unique program of funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects is designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work individually and collectively creating environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities.

Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation are intended to:
• Provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth;
• Serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools;
• Have real environmental outcomes;
• Inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.
Captain Planet Foundation will accept small grant requests<> for amounts between $500 – $2,500. Preferential consideration is given to requests who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects. (Projects with matching funds or in-kind support are given priority because external funding is a good indicator of the potential for long-term sustainability of the activities.) Captain Planet Foundation may choose to fund a portion of the project budget that best fits within the foundation guidelines or contact an applicant for further discussion. Click here<> to learn more about this grant and to access the application.

September 30th- typically for spring and summer projects
January 31st- typically for fall and winter projects

3 Apples Book Award Winners

The 2014 3 Apples Book Award Winners are:

Young Reader’s Choice – Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

Children’s Choice – Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Teen’s Choice – Divergent by Veronica Roth

Free EasyBib Professional Development Webinars

Thanks to Amy Weisz from Onteora Jr/Sr High for sharing this information. There are a lot of great webinars to view at:

Fizz!Boom!Read! with Summer Reading at New York Libraries

In 2014 children will Fizz! Boom! Read! across New York State, making great discoveries while participating in the summer reading program at your library. For the year 2014, the Summer Reading at New York Libraries website,, features a new layout with additional features like LibraryThing and Pinterest Board integration that make accessing content fun and easy for all ages. Please link to the website from your library’s site and bookmark pages for easy access to:
The Summer Reading News blog
The four Explore NY reading lists and bookmarks
Summer Reading at New York Libraries Partnership Information
The 2014 Public Service Announcement (PSA) – coming soon!
The 2014 Teen Video Challenge Information
The 2014 Early Literacy Partner Manual
The 2014 School Library Partner Manual
The Teen NY Facebook Page
The Summer Reading at New York Libraries Tumblr and Pinterest

Latest Pew report on Public Libraries

“From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers–and beyond: A typology of public library engagement in America” by Kathryn Zickuhr, Kristen Purcell and Lee Rainie


School libraries need your help

The U.S. Department of Education is looking for peer reviewers for a possible school library grant competition this summer. The federal agency is seeking school librarians, educators, literacy specialists, administrators, digital media education specialists, college or university educators and researchers and education consultants to fill the bill as peer reviewers. Apply now.

For the full story go to:

ALA seeks candidates for 2014 Google policy summer fellowship

For the seventh consecutive year, the American Library Association is pleased to participate in the Google Policy Fellows program for 2014. The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy began its participation at the program’s founding.

For the summer of 2014, the selected fellow will spend 10 weeks in residence at the ALA Washington Office to learn about national policy and complete a major project. Google provides the $7,500 stipend for the summer, but the work agenda is determined by the ALA and the selected fellow. The Google Washington office provides an educational program for all of the fellows, such as lunchtime talks and interactions with Google Washington staff. For the full article and more details go to:

Applications are due by Monday, April 14, 2014.



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