FAQ: "Coming to America" Reading Groups for Public Libraries

Who should apply to this program?
Applications will be accepted only from public libraries throughout the United States and its territories, not from individuals, organizations, or other types of libraries.

What is the application deadline?
You may submit an online application until the application deadline of August 16, 2019. Late applications will not be accepted. Incomplete or ineligible applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified of decisions by September 30, 2019.

How would I receive the books for our reading group participants?
The Yiddish Book Center will purchase and ship all books directly to participating libraries by December 1, 2019.

I am a seasoned reading group facilitator. Is the workshop mandatory?
Yes. Each library will be required to send one discussion facilitator to the workshop for a more detailed orientation to Yiddish literature in translation and its relevance to the program theme. This will also be an opportunity for each facilitator to make connections between the provided reading list and the book about an immigrant community their library serves.

When is the workshop?
The workshop will take place January 27-29, 2020. Each library’s discussion facilitator should plan to arrive by the morning of Monday, January 27, 2020 so that we can provide a productive and engaging workshop experience for all attendees.

What would the workshop cost me?
All travel, lodging, and meal costs will be covered by the Yiddish Book Center for each library’s discussion facilitator.

I would like to invite a guest speaker for a public program at my library. What do you need from me to make this happen?
For libraries receiving a $500 grant, the Yiddish Book Center must be provided the details of the guest speaker program at least 30 days in advance of the event so that we may include it in our own calendar of events. We will also be available to provide advice on selecting a speaker.

When should the reading groups take place?
The programming period runs from February 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. Participating libraries must complete an online final report within 30 days of the conclusion of their final reading group, to help the Yiddish Book Center evaluate its programs and to provide a basis for further follow-up with each library.

"Coming to America" Reading Groups for Public Libraries is made possible by a gift from Sharon Karmazin. 

The Yiddish Book Center's Decade of Discovery is made possible in part by a grant from the Ralph W. and Leona Kern Foundation.