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2014 Best Practices in Early Literacy Contest – Application Deadline Extended to April 11, 2014

February 16, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

2014 Best Practices in Early Literacy Contest – Deadline Extended to April 11

Sponsored by the New Jersey State Library

Program Overview

The New Jersey State Library will award four public libraries from across New Jersey with a $500 mini-grant who have been found to be currently providing the best early literacy programs for children from birth to six years, their families and caregivers.  The State Library will publish a booklet highlighting all the award winning early literacy  programs and distribute it at this years NJLA Conference.


New Jersey libraries or branches of a library system.

Libraries who have been awarded with mini-grants twice are ineligible for additional awards. For a list of previous winners click here.

Please submit a short description (500 words or less) of the rationale for creating the program; how the creation of the program solved this need and quotes from library staff and the public in support of the program. The application should also include how many sessions the library held; how many children, families or caregivers participated; and how the program was publicized.  Please submit copies of any flyers or brochures for the program, press releases, newspaper articles and high resolution photos of at least 300 dpi.


Applications must be received by Friday, April 11, 2014. (Extended from April 4th).

The four winning libraries will be notified by April 25, 2014.

Please send your submissions via e-mail to Sharon Rawlins, Youth Services Specialist, N.J. State Library at srawlins@www.njstatelib.org

Award Amount


Selection Criteria

Awardees will be selected based upon those libraries that saw a need for an early literacy program and effectively fulfilled this need by developing a creative and innovation early literacy program for children from birth to age 6 in the libraries. The programs must be able to be replicated in similar communities and have to have been proven effective in reaching the targeted audience.

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Rawlins, Youth Services Specialist, NJ State Library, srawlins@www.njstatelib.org, 609-278-2640 ext. 116

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February 16, 2014
7:00 pm