VITAL Libraries Grant
School libraries play a VITAL and unique role in students' growth and development by establishing a third space for students to inquire, create, learn, explore, and thrive. Through VITAL Libraries (Vital, Instructional, Transformative, Accessible, Learning Libraries), the New York City Department of Education's Department of Library Services will work with school leaders to grow, strengthen, and re-imagine the function, purpose, identity, and potential of libraries in high-need environments such as Community Schools.
The VITAL Libraries program will revitalize and build school library programs at high-need New York City schools through engaging the school community in a collaborative planning and visioning process, guided and reinforced by Library Services, and then supplying grant funding, consulting services, and ongoing support to schools to implement their plans to develop a strong, integrated school library program.
Each participating school will be responsible for designating key members of the VITAL Library Advisory Committee (LAC) which will meet a minimum of four times during the 2019-2020 school year. The LAC should be comprised of a Library Services VITAL Project Manager, Library Services Borough Coordinator, Library Services Director, Borough Office Library Liaison, school administrator, school librarian, 1-2 classroom/content teachers, parent coordinator, and 1-2 students (if age appropriate).
Working with the Department of Library Services, the VITAL LAC meetings will focus on building the schools' vision and understanding around the development of a VITAL Library:
* Library Facility
* Collection Development
Schools selected to participate in the VITAL Libraries program will receive a one-time grant of up to $45,000. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.