“Light the Way” Grants of $3,000 are offered to assist public and school libraries in conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through new programs or the expansion of existing programs. Preference is given to programs serving children with learning or physical differences, those who speak English as a second language, children from nontraditional school environments or in foster care, children in the juvenile justice system, and those who need accommodation services. The grant program is sponsored by Candlewick Press and administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Interested applicants must be ALA members.
Few American artists loom larger than Langston Hughes. He wrote novels, plays, short stories, films, librettos, children’s verse, newspaper columns, translations, and memoirs, and edited several important anthologies. But most of all, he remained a poet. From “Dreams” to “Let America Be America Again,” he explored social conscience and class difference with lyric beauty and music.
Pithy and powerful, poetry is a popular art form at protests and rallies—from the civil rights movement to Black Lives Matter. The poems of protest, resistance, and empowerment on the Poetry Foundation’s website call out and talk back to the inhumane forces that threaten from above.