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ALA (Chicago, IL 60611-2729)
Lainie Castle (Project Director: August 2017 to present)
Great Stories Club: Reading and Discussion for At-Risk Youth

Implementation of a nationwide series of humanities-focused reading and discussion programs for at-risk youth dealing with themes of empathy, heroism, and marginalization.

The GSC is a thematic reading and discussion program developed to reach at-risk youth through literature-based library outreach programs. Featuring three new themed series developed with a planning grant from NEH, the GSC will introduce teens and others facing difficult circumstances to accessible and appealing books selected by literature scholars with a special interest in reaching the underserved; facilitate in-depth exploration of humanities themes that will resonate with reluctant readers who struggle with complex issues like incarceration, violence, poverty, and addiction; and connect participants to a highly successful national program model launched by ALA in 2006. Participants will explore themes that address interpretations and implications of empathy, concepts of heroism, and the coming of age experience for youth from historically marginalized groups through novels, memoirs, and non-fiction books as well as workshops developed by humanities scholars & librarians.

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Project fields:
Literature, Other

Community Conversations

Public Programs

$397,255 (approved)
$397,255 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2018 – 6/30/2020