November 1, 2013
Dear CALA Members,
In the past CALA has participated in ALA President Alire’s Family Literacy Focus project. In light of current ALA President Barbara Stripling’s initiative Libraries Change Lives, CALA once again activates the Family Literacy Focus project to invite participating libraries to promote family literacy highlighting Chinese culture in their community. In addition, CALA Family Literacy Focus Task Force hopes to collect any success stories on how each community promotes and celebrates Chinese traditions and culture.
CALA Family Literacy Focus Task Force chaired by Dora Ho with committee members Wei Jeng-Chu, Dongyun Ni and Nonie Xue will review applications. The three selected libraries will be awarded each with $500. This $500 will be able to increase their material purchase on Chinese culture materials for this project.
We would like to invite all types of libraries to participate in the 2014 CALA Family Literacy Focus project. By becoming a participating library, you will be able to better serve the Chinese American users and to raise your library’s visibility in the community. If you are interested, please seek support and approval from your library administration and submit a letter of intent to the Task Force by December 15, 2013. The letter of intent should include the description of the project that your proposal to carry out, the proposed budget (how the money will be spent), the implementation process, and the expected outcome of the project. Please also include the name and contact information of the project coordinator. Your interest and timely response will be most appreciated.
By December 15, 2013, the CALA Family Literacy Focus Task Force will announce the three selected libraries. Those who are not selected can still participate in project by using existing resources and funding from your own libraries. The Force Task will gladly work with your libraries to help implement the project. The project must be completed by May 31, 2014. Please see the guidelines for requirements and participation eligibility.
Click here for the guidelines and eligibility. I hope the documents will help you better understand the project and facilitate your decision-making process. Also, the project website at http://daidai.cala-web.org/ might prove informative.
Another way that you can participate in the Family Literacy Focus Project is to simply send in your success story (Photos and summary of projects are welcome) on celebrating Chinese heritage at your library held between January 2013 and May 2014 to the CALA Family Literacy Focus Task Force. The Task Force will collect these stories and post them on the CALA website.
Thank you very much for your attention and interest. If you have any questions regarding the project, please contact Dora Ho (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CALA President 2013-2014
Chinese American Librarians Association – an ALA Affiliate