Swanton (Vt.) Public Library Receives 2022 ALSC/Candlewick Press “Light the Way” Grant
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced that the Swanton Public Library (SPL) in Swanton, VT is the recipient of the 2022 ALSC/Candlewick Press “Light the Way: Helping the Underserved” Grant. As the recipient of the grant, the library will receive $3,000 to engage and elevate the voices of its Native American community, which makes up approximately 1.5% of the population of Swanton, Vermont.
The Light the Way grant, which honors Newbery medalist and Geisel winner Kate DiCamillo, is now in its thirteenth year. Although originally intended as a one-time award, it has continued to be awarded thanks to the generosity of Candlewick Press.
Through this grant, Swanton Public Library will showcase and support local Native American populations through a multidisciplinary blend of programs and activities focused on eliminating long-standing racial prejudice.
Co-Chairs Erin Lovelace and Stephie Luyt said, “The impact of Swanton’s program combined with their partnerships with Circle of Courage and the Abenaki Tribal Council made it a standout bid for us. We can’t wait to see what the combination of Becky’s passion, the framework for this program and the collaboration with the Abenaki Tribal Council will be like. We expect magic.
“All of us at Swanton Library are honored and thrilled to have won this year’s Light the Way grant – and we look forward to using it to foster greater appreciation and respect for Native American heritage among all. children in our community. We have wonderful programs in the works and can’t wait to get them started,” said Rebecca Rupp, President, Swanton Public Library Trustees.
“Candlewick is delighted to be able to support Swanton Public Library in launching this important initiative through the Light the Way grant this year. We realize the importance of a program like ‘More Than Moccasins: Native Americans Then and Now” which celebrates Native American heritage and raises community awareness of the rich and diverse history and culture of the Abenaki tribe in their region. We are grateful to the staff of the Swanton Public Library for their hard work and continuous in identifying their community needs and empowering young readers with literary knowledge and engagement,” said Sawako Shirota, Library Marketing Manager at Candlewick Press.
Candlewick Press is an independent publisher based in Somerville, Mass. (www.candlewick.com). Candlewick publishes exceptional children’s books for readers of all ages, including books by award-winning authors and illustrators such as National Ambassador for Children’s Literature Emeritus Kate DiCamillo, MT Anderson, Jon Klassen and Laura Amy Schlitz; the widely acclaimed Judy Moody, Mercy Watson and ‘Ology series; and favorites like Guess How Much I Love You, Where’s Waldo? and Maisy. Candlewick is part of the Walker Books Group, along with Walker Books UK in London and Walker Books Australia.
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is led by more than 4,000 members who are dedicated to supporting and enriching library service for children. Our members include children’s librarians, literature experts, publishers and teachers of education. The ALSC supports its members in engaging communities to build a healthy and prosperous future for all children. To learn more about the ALSC and how to join, please visit: www.ala.org/alsc.