The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is pleased to announce that public libraries throughout Idaho may now apply for the That All May Read Mini-Grant. This $1,000 grant is designed to assist libraries in building large-print collections, obtaining assistive technology, and/or providing outreach to people who are unable to read standard print or have difficulty holding a book due to a visual impairment, blindness, or other perceptual or physical disability. This grant helps libraries to build the capacity to better serve their communities. It also improves equitable access for Idahoans to information and reading materials in alternate formats.
This grant is being carried out in conjunction with the Talking Book Service (TBS), a free audiobook library service operated by the Idaho Commission for Libraries. There are more than 100,000 titles in the TBS collection. The TBS is available to any Idaho resident who is blind, has a perceptual or reading disability, or is unable to read standard print.
The library must obtain a non-proprietary Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) by registering in the System of Award Management (SAM). The UEI is required for grantees receiving federal funds administered by the ICfL and replaces the requirement for a DUNS number. Registering in SAM is free, see their website for more information: https://sam.gov/content/home.
Increase library services for people who are unable to read standard-print books and magazines. Activities such as purchasing large-print collections, obtaining assistive technology, or conducting outreach programs are all allowable.
Complete a minimum of two activities during the grant period to promote the Idaho Talking Book Service. More information about the TBS can be found at https://libraries.idaho.gov/tbs/. See the section below titled “Help Promote the Talking Book Service” for ideas.
Allowable Expenditures. The following list includes allowable grant expenses. This is not an exhaustive or exclusive list. Applicants should contact the ICfL if they are unsure if their proposed idea/expenditure is allowable.
Large-print books, magazines, and print materials;
Audiobooks, audio magazines, and other audio recordings (that take the place of print media);
Assistive technology, equipment, or supplies to serve those with a reading-related disability (i.e. tablet, headphones);
Grant-related library displays, equipment, and materials, which are directly related to the purpose of the grant;
Promotional flyers, brochures, and marketing to inform community members of the library’s resources and activities related to the grant.
Non-allowable Expenditures. The following items are not allowable grant expenses:
Applications that meet grant requirements and provide sufficient responses will be awarded funding on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of libraries applying exceeds our funding availability, awards will be determined based on geographic location, to ensure distribution throughout Idaho, and completeness of responses to the narrative questions.
The online application must be completed in one sitting and cannot be saved for completion at a later time. We suggest drafting responses in a separate document prior to completing the online form. The full set of application questions can be viewed in the form prior to completing the application. The application must be signed and submitted with electronic signatures on or before May 6, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. MT. This application will serve as your official grant agreement if we notify you in writing that you have been approved for funding.
Awarded libraries should complete two activities during the grant period to help increase statewide awareness of the Idaho Talking Book Service. There are an estimated 40,000 Idahoans who are eligible to use the TBS who are not currently signed up. Visit the TBS webpage (https://libraries.idaho.gov/tbs/) to learn about this incredible free program! For tips and marketing materials, visit the “Promoting the TBS” webpage (https://libraries.idaho.gov/tbs/promoting-tbs/). Here are 10 easy ways to help spread the word about TBS:
Post about the Talking Book Service on your library’s social media networks. Share the TBS website and free resources provided by the program.
Present about the TBS at a local service club, organization, or church. Put a short blurb about the program in the organization’s bulletin or newsletter.
Call nursing home activity directors and see if you can schedule an activity or open house there.
Send an article to your local newspaper, write an editorial, or letter to the editor. When possible, include a quote from someone in the community who uses the service. Use the same article for community newsletters.
Take some TBS brochures to your local health care provider’s office.
Set up a table at a senior center lunch or event to promote the program and your library.
Contact your local Meals on Wheels service to see if you can include brochures in meal deliveries. Ask to present to volunteers.
Reach out to disability groups, special education teachers, or caregivers to let people know how they can sign up for the program.
Host a workshop at your library or online discussing the TBS and other library services.
Your great idea here! Who else do you know in your community who could help spread the word?