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Grant Opportunity for Rural Libraries from the Libri Foundation.

The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public libraries throughout the United States.  Application deadlines for 2007 are:  (postmarked by) January 15th, April 15th, and August 15th.    

The Libri Foundation will match any amount of money raised by your local  sponsors from $50 to $350 on a 2-to-1 ratio.  Thus, a library can receive up to$1,050 worth of new children's books.  After a library receives a grant, local sponsors (such as formal or informal Friends groups, civic or social organizations, local businesses, etc.) have four months, or longer if necessary, to raise their matching funds.  The librarian of each participating library selects the books the library will receive from a booklist provided by the Foundation.  The 700-plus fiction and nonfiction titles on the booklist reflect the very best of children's literature published primarily in the last three years. These titles, which are for children ages 12 and under, are award-winners or have received starred reviews in library, literary, oreducation journals.  The booklist also includes a selection of classic children’s titles. In general, county libraries should serve a population under 16,000 and town libraries should serve a population under 10,000 (usually under 5,000).  Libraries should be in a rural area, have a limited operating budget, and an active children's department.  “Rural” is usually considered to be at least 30 miles from a city with a population over 40,000.   A branch library may apply if the community it is in meets the definition of rural.    Find application guidelines and forms on the Foundation's website: librifoundation.org

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