Stacks for the Stacks
Join us for these pancake fundraisers at ALAMW where every day we feature a different beneficiary.
We’re raising money to support libraries in the United States and a few related causes with some great pancake breakfasts at ALAMW in Denver. Start your days at the conference by being well fed and by supporting some worthy causes.
Every morning, Friday-Monday, from 7am-10am, we’ll be putting together a pancake (all you can eat) and coffee breakfast for attendees who don’t want to wait in line at the conference center for breakfast. We’ll also include orange juice, fruit, a wide range of pancake toppings, and sausage, ham, or bacon!
There will be both vegan and gluten free options!
The cost for the breakfast is $15 and $5 of each ticket will go to a different charitable cause each day.
BOOKS THROUGH BARS (FRIDAY)
Books Through Bars is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization that works to remedy the educational deficit in US prisons by distributing books and literature to inmates serving time across forty states. Annually, our organization sends over nine-thousand packages of donated books to inmates housed in state and federal facilities. Our all volunteer staff responds to personalized inquiries from inmates and carefully matches up requests with the books from our shelves, donated by members of the community and two partner organizations, Free Bird Books and Blue Stockings Book Store. Books Through Bars operates out of a donated space in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Over 97 percent of donations received are used to purchase postage.
Members of the Books Through Bars Collective share the fundamental belief that literacy is a human right. In the United States, most prison libraries are under-stocked and out of date. Consequently, inmates have incredibly limited access to literature and reading materials. Our organization provides incarcerated populations access to educational material, something that is essential to the promotion of human advancement. Book Through Bars would not exist absent the generosity of individual's time and financial support. For more information on supporting Books Through Bars, please visit our website www.booksthroughbarsnyc.org.
WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS (SATURDAY)
We Need Diverse Books seeks to create a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book. We started in 2014 as a grassroots organization of children's book lovers, and since then we've grown into a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to increasing diversity in children's literature. We currently fund and organize 10 exciting programs, from offering grants to underrepresented writers to creating the OurStory app to highlight diverse books.
We're proud that our WNDB in the Classroom initiative (which provides free books to low-income schools) has donated over $75,000 worth of books in a three-year span, and that our Internship program (which awards supplemental grants to diverse publishing interns) has seen twelve of our former interns find full-time work in publishing. To learn more about WNDB, please visit our website: https://diversebooks.org/
BARBERSHOP BOOKS (SUNDAY)
Barbershop Books, winner of the National Book Foundation’s 2017 Innovations In Reading Prize, creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops and provides early literacy training to barbers. Barbershop Books’ mission is to help Black boys ages 4-8 to identify as readers by connecting reading to a male-centered space and by involving Black men in boys’ early reading experiences. Today, the program partners with more than 100 barbershops across 27 cities and 16 states.
Barbershop Books significantly increases the amount of time boys read in barbershops. A 2017 evaluation in 10 Columbus, OH barbershops found that before our program, 73% of participating barbershops rarely saw boys reading and 27% never saw boys reading. After participating in the Barbershop Books program for eight months, 64% of barbershops saw boys reading almost everyday, 27% saw boys reading daily, and 9% saw boys reading a few times a week.
To donate visit: barbershopbooks.org/donate
Watch this video clip from a recent early literacy workshop for barbers: https://youtu.be/Gf6Rwqu0fGQ
THE E.J. JOSEY SHOLARSHIP (MONDAY)
The E. J. Josey Scholarships are unrestricted grants of $2,000 awarded annually to African American students enrolled in or accepted by ALA accredited programs. The grant’s namesake was appointed to the American Library Association Nominating Committee in 1969. Josey encouraged black librarians to come together at the ALA 1970 Midwinter meeting in an effort to find socially responsible black and white candidates for the 1971 ALA Council. At the meeting it was decided that ALA was not serving the needs of black library professionals and a Black Caucus was formed to address concerns. E.J. Josey was elected chairman of the Black Caucus and the first two goals of the organization were to present a formal Statement of Concern to the ALA and to submit a resolution to the ALA Council that would censure libraries and librarians providing materials and services to private segregated schools that were formed in order to avoid integration.
In 1992 the Black Caucus became formally affiliated with ALA and a scholarship fund named after E.J. Josey was created to provide African Americans with financial assistance for the pursuit of a graduate level library and information studies degree. Find out more about this scholarship here- http://bcala.org/2149-2/
We’ll also chat about library funding issues in the United States and you’ll have a chance to hear about all the work that EveryLibrary did for libraries in 2017 and our plans for 2018.
We’re located close to the conference center and you’re free to come and go as you please from 7am-10am.
769 Galapago St
Denver, CO 80204