Readers’ Choice Award Grant

The application for this grant will go live on March 16! As you plan for this grant application don’t forget to look closely at the checklist, rubric and FAQ’s. This is a competitive grant, so provide a detailed accounting for each question in the narrative.

*Don’t forget to register for the Readers’ Choice book Award program as soon as you submit the grant! You must be registered to be eligible.

Feed Your Need Grant

Applications for the 2024-2025 Feed Your Need Grants open on August 1st. Visit the Feed Your Need Grant page for all of the information. It is never too early to start planning your application. This grant and rubric has been updated so visit the Feed Your Need Grant page.

LBSS is proud to announce the 2023-2024 Feed Your Need Grant Recipients. Click here to see the list of recipients. Final reports are due by May 1st. 

Application (will open Fall 2024)

Upcoming Events

May 7th: LBSS Board Meeting at 9:00 am, Zoom


LET’S TALK GRANTS! If you are interested in securing quality literature for your students –you are in the right spot! Whether you have never written a grant before or are an experienced grant-writer, we offer two grants throughout the year that could be awarded to your library. They are the Readers’ Choice Book Award Grant and the Feed Your Need Grant. The LBSS Endowment Fund trustees are dedicated to “providing the very best books to youth in Illinois.” The grants are listed above along with all of the links to assist you in writing a successful grant. Check the calendar so you will never miss another important registration deadline!

Still unsure about writing a grant? Attend one of our workshops throughout the year and at the AISLE Conference.  Hear from librarians who have administered a successful grant and gather tips for writing your grant. PD information will be posted here as details become available. Good luck! Can’t wait to read your grant!!!

Here are just a few of the amazing new science books at @EvansJrHigh. Thank you, @AISLEd_org and LBSS for offering the Feed Your Need grant to make this possible.

So excited and grateful to @AISLEd_org for awarding the #lzmss library with a Feed Your Need Grant for the 2022-2023 school year. Looking forward to improving our collection and continuing to meet the needs of our ever evolving patrons. #lzmss #Bettertogetherd95

THANK YOU, @AISLEd_org and LBSS for the full set of 2023 @RCYRBA nominees! Your Readers’ Choice Grant means that even more @EvansJrHigh students have the opportunity to read these amazing stories!

As the lucky recipient of the LBSS Grant, a new set of 2023 IL Monarch Award books have arrived! All processed & ready for KG readers! @monarchaward @AISLEd_org #kingsley58 #dg58pride #dg58libraries

That exciting moment when you open your #LBSSgrant box of #BluestemAward nominees! Can’t wait to get them into students’ hands! Thanks @AISLEd_org for sponsoring these children’s choice awards and the resources to promote them! #62learns #62reads