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ALA (Chicago, IL 60611-2729)
Susan E. Brandehoff (Project Director: August 2009 to June 2013)
Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women: Library Outreach Programs

Reading, viewing, and discussion programs at 30 libraries examining themes in 19th-century American history and literature, built around a documentary film and companion biography of author Louisa May Alcott.

The American Library Association, in association with Nancy Porter Productions, Inc., proposes to develop innovative library outreach programs to enhance the impact of the documentary film, Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, a co-production of Nancy Porter Productions, Inc. and American Masters (THIRTEEN for, and the companion biography of the same name written by Harriet Reisen and published by Henry Holt and Company. Thirty selected libraries will present five different reading, viewing and discussion programs to support the film and biography. Libraries will enlist a lead project scholar with expertise in 19th-century American history or literature to help plan and present programs. Libraries will have access to a web site and a Site Support Notebook containing an array of interpretive materials.

Project fields:
American Literature

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Public Programs

$185,000 (approved)
$168,784 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2010 – 9/30/2012