“The We the People Bookshelf, a collection of classic books for young
readers, is a project of the National Endowment for the HumanitiesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢
(NEH) We the People program, conducted in cooperation with the American
Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office.
Each year, NEH identifies a theme important to the nation’s heritage
and selects books that embody that theme to build the We the People
Bookshelf. The theme for the 2009-2010 Bookshelf is “A More Perfect
A total of 4,000 public and school (K-12) libraries will be selected to
receive the “A More Perfect Union” Bookshelf. Awards will be announced
in April 2010.
The Ã¢â‚¬Å“A More Perfect UnionÃ¢â‚¬Â Bookshelf grants are part of the NEH’s
We the People initiative, which aims to encourage and strengthen the
teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture
through libraries, schools, colleges, universities, and cultural
institutions. Since 2003, NEH and ALA have awarded We the People
Bookshelves to 13,000 public and school libraries. NEH plans to issue a
We the People Bookshelf each year on themes related to American ideas
A list of the materials included in the Bookshelf is at
http://publicprograms.ala.org/bookshelf/booklist.php ; guidelines for
applying are at http://publicprograms.ala.org/bookshelf/guidelines.php
and the deadline is January 29.