Budget & Other Funding Resources
Libraries across the country are seeing severe budget cuts. Share your ideas, strategies, formulas, and tips for budget proposals - especially those that have met with success! If you come from a school that has faced budget cuts, what have you done to acquire sources of alternative funding (e.g. grants, parent organizations, book fairs, etc.)?

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Blue Skunk Blog

Doug Johnson's advice about library budgeting .
Budgeting for Mean Lean Times Part 1
Budgeting for Mean Lean Times Part 2
Budgeting for Mean Lean Times Part 3

Effective Library Budgeting

Blog post from Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog dated Jan. 23, 2012 - excerpt from revision of The Indispensable Librarian.
Effective Library Budgeting

Average Book Prices

See the March Issue of School Library Journal for Average Book Prices.
Here is a link to a spreadsheet giving the average book prices from 2002-2010
(2010 is estimated).
For 2011 estimated prices read SLJ's Better Data, Better Libraries: Statistics are More Important Than Ever
(Nancy Alibrandi)
2009 Book Prices
2011 (Estimated) Book Prices

First Book National Book Bank

It takes about 30 minutes to sign up for this free book resource. The books must be given to the students (not to be placed in the library or classroom). -Keisa Williams
"First Book is a nonprofit organization that annually provides millions of books to schools and programs serving children from low-income families. Register today to connect your program or school to First Book's resources.
First Book distributes books in three ways:
  • Need Free Books? The First Book National Book Bank distributes free books to programs that serve at least 80% children from low-income families.
  • Want Low-cost, High-quality Books? The First Book Marketplace is an online store selling books and educational materials discounted up 50 - 90% off retail prices to programs that serve at least 50% children from low-income families.
  • Interested in Grants for Books? First Book Advisory Boards make community level grants enabling programs that serve at least 80% children from low-income families to receive free books."
Register for First Book!

ALA's Professional Tips

Budgeting resources from the American Library Association
Budgeting for School Libraries

Kids Need to Read

"The Kids Need to Read Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity. Kids Need to Read works to create a culture of reading for children by providing inspiring books to under-funded schools, libraries, and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children." (Keisa Williams via Tracy Weaver, @tweaverville)

Share Literacy Program

The Share Literacy Program has been developed to aid nonprofit agencies serving economically disadvantaged communities. Through Share Literacy, we provide books for children to keep and ancillary educational materials: CDs, DVDs, Home Literacy Kits, Teacher Activity Guides and Lesson Plans. Professional Development training is also available, tailored to the needs of your organization. Materials and training are provided at cost. Should an organization need further help to fund a program, assistance in obtaining funds is available.
Share Literacy Program

Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries awards grants to school libraries for up to $6,000 to expand, update and diversify their library book collections. Next deadline is December 31, 2011.
Laura Bush Foundation

10 Ways to Get Free Money and Classroom Supplies

Blog entry on the Free Technology for Teachers website.
10 Ways to Get Free Money and Classroom Supplies

Donor's Choose

I have had SEVERAL of my donor's choose requests for books funded. Don't let this one slip through your fingers. Sign up for a Donor's Choose account and start writing your own grant requests. (Keisa Williams)
Donor's Choose

School Library Exchange

Librarians add book requests which users can browse to donate books, purchased or from their collections, to any school on the site. Or match books you’d like to donate with a library that needs them.
School LIbrary Exchange

AASL Innovative Reading Grant

Established in 2006, the $2,500 AASL Innovative Reading Grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children which motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.
Innovative Reading Grant

Library Works Grants