The National Endowment for the Humanities ( www.neh.gov ) in cooperation with the American Library Association Public Programs Office ( www.ala.org ) is accepting applications for the fifth We the People Bookshelf program. Each year, NEH identifies a theme important to the nation’s heritage and selects books that embody that theme to build the We the People Bookshelf. The theme for the 2007-08 Bookshelf is “Created Equal.”
The program will provide three thousand school (K-12) and public libraries across the United States with a set of classic books related to the “Created Equal” theme. Any U.S. public library or K-12 school library in the United States and its territories is eligible to apply. School libraries include public, private, parochial, and charter schools. Libraries with collections that circulate to the general public and offer reading-based programs for the general public are eligible to apply. A library system or school district may apply on behalf of its member schools or branches. Each library will receive a collection of seventeen classic hardcover books for young readers, all related to the Created Equal theme, and related resources and materials for programming. Visit the NEH Web site for details about eligibility and instructions for completing the online application. The deadline for applications is January 25, 2008.