Coding Grant


What do the authors Ellen Oh, Karl Beckstrand and Mackenzie Lee all have in common?


Ellen Oh is the co-founder of We Need Diverse Books, the groundbreaking, grassroots non-profit organization that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

She is also the author of the award-winning Spirit Hunters series for middle grade readers and the Prophecy trilogy (Prophecy, Warrior, and King) for young adults.


Publisher and speaker Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author/illustrator of 21 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 60 ebook titles. He has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast & film certificate from Film A. Academy.

Since 2004 he has run Premio publishing focusing on multicultural YA fiction, e-book mysteries, nonfiction/biographies, Spanish language & bilingual picture books (with ESL/ELL pronunciation guide), short stories, wordless books, Up-lit, and activity STEM books (astronomy, zoology, ecology) feature diverse characters in vivid color.

Both will be at our conference on March 06. Will you? Register and get more information on our and Conference pages.


Hi All –

ALA has released a grant opportunity for $2000 to help libraries build their community engagement, the Libraries Transform Communities: Engagement Grant.  The application is due February 3, 2020 at 11 am MST.  More information can be found at this link.
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Grant Description

The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant is an annual grant to recognize, promote and support innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. Community engagement is the process of working collaboratively with community members – be they library patrons, residents, faculty, students or local organizations – to address issues for the betterment of the community.

The intent of the grant is to provide support for a school, public, academic, tribal or special library to expand their community engagement efforts. Libraries are invited to apply by designing and outlining activities for a library-led community engagement project. Proposed projects should focus on creating innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts.

Project activities may include:

  • Developing direct/sustained/innovative community engagement programs and services
  • Partnering with a community agency/organization/department that builds the capacity of the community to address an important concern/issue
  • Executing an innovative community engagement program
  • Creating a program or event that connects the library to a community-identified aspiration or concern
  • Creating and publishing educational or promotional materials for the greater library community and/or presenting an innovative/model program at conferences


Hello Librarians!

We hope you well as you are busy being a librarian! We would like to share some free STEM and Maker resources for your upper elementary and middle school libraries. We have developed easy to follow program guides and tips & tricks for several STEM-rich Making activities such as paper circuits, squishy circuits, Scratch, e-textiles, and more. They have been tested and vetted in Utah school libraries, the librarians found them to be usable and manageable activities. We’ve also included shopping lists and links to sites with the best prices for purchasing STEM/Maker supplies.  We hope you find them helpful when planning activities in your library.

These free online resources can be found at If you have any questions, please reach out. We’d love to help!