Apply Now for School Library Programming Award

School librarians, we know you work hard to get your students thinking outside the box. Now is your chance to be recognized (to the tune of $4,000).

ALA's Public Programs Office is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming.

To be considered, nominations must be received by the ALA Public Programs Office by April 18, an extension of a previous deadline. Applications and award guidelines are available at

K-8 School libraries, public or private, that conducted humanities programs during the 2012-13 school year are eligible. The winning library — which will be announced in June — will receive a $4,000 honorarium, a plaque and promotion on ALA websites and communications.

Applicant libraries must have conducted a humanities program or program series during the prior school year (2012-13). The humanities program can be focused in many subject areas, including social studies, poetry, drama, art, music, language arts, foreign language and culture. Programs should focus on broadening perspectives and helping students understand the world and their place in it. They should be initiated and coordinated by the school librarian and exemplify the role of the library program in advancing the overall educational goals of the school.

Named after retired school librarian and longtime ALA member Sara Jaffarian, the Jaffarian Award was established in 2006 to recognize and promote excellence in humanities programming in elementary and middle school libraries. It is presented annually by the ALA Public Programs Office, in cooperation with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The award is selected annually by a committee comprising members of the ALA Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee (PCPAC), the AASL and the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC).