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A forum for multicultural themes and issues in literature for children and young adults.

Creative Outreach Grant Recipients


  • Mary Ann Stahr, Library Media Specialist, Green High School, Green, Ohio, People Who Fly”:  Beginning with The People Could Fly, students will follow civil rights chronologically through literature in the United States from slavery to the present. The high quality-literature and informational texts will be available to all students by unlimited access to eBooks.


  • Ana McConnell, Teacher, Centerville Elementary School, Virginia Beach, Va., “One World”:  To develop an awareness of diverse cultures within our school by developing lessons based on multicultural literature and experiences of students and staff.
  • Mia L. Buggs, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, Ga., When Tribes Meet: The History of Black Native Americans”:  This program will draw attention to the blending of Native American and African American cultures through literature, dance and food and will bring families from the community together for a time of reflection and awareness of their cultural backgrounds.


  • Eva Sullivan, Language Arts Teacher, McKinley Elementary School, Poland, Ohio, “Oppression is Universal: A Multimedia Primer for Social Justice”: For students to develop a perspective of themes that cross cultural bounds, such as slavery, violation of human rights, and child rights and to develop an understanding that we have a humanitarian responsibility to take action.
  • Shamekia Chandler, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Cleveland Hts., Ohio, “If the Slipper Fits": An opportunity for children and parents in Cleveland Heights to celebrate a well-known and beloved fairy tale, while celebrating multicultural children’s literature”


  • Gloria Adams, Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, Stow, Ohio, “Helping Hands Peace Project": Using multicultural literature to demonstrate how cultures have promoted sharing and cooperation using the vehicle of storytelling
  • Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services, Keene Public Library, Keene, N.H., “Stories from the Heart": To learn about the horrors of slavery and the struggle for freedom as portrayed in both African American folktales and Slave Narratives


  • Cynthia Horsfall, Director of Library and Media, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, "Promote Multicultural Awareness at the Library": Using the library collection, programs, interesting displays and fun contests to promote multicultural awareness
  • Willena Jackson, Teacher, Akron Public Schools, Akron, Ohio, “I Define Me": Strategies and suggestions to encourage educators to strengthen their own identity and create a program for students in their building using multicultural literature


  • Barbara White, Highland Square Branch Library, Akron, Ohio, “Encountering Story, Finding Voice": A new collaboration between the Highland Square Branch Library and Portage Path Elementary School
  • Dorie Raybuck and Judy Crist, Language Arts Teachers, East Jessamine Middle School, Nicholasville, Ky., “Community of Colorful Cultures": Culture centers – Asian, Latino, Appalachian, African American, Ukraninian and Russia


  • Jacqueline Dukes, Teacher, Hudson Elementary School, Hudson, Ohio, “History Through Our Stories": Teaching Native American history with an Arapaho man and an Ojibwa woman sharing stories and crafts
  • Sherry Mooers, Coldwater High School, Coldwater, Miss., “The Many Faces of Our World": Integrating multicultural literature across the curriculum


  • Stacy Simonyi and Amy Hartman, Tri-County Career Center, Nelsonville, Ohio, “Helping Appalachian Students in Southeastern Ohio to Experience Diversity through Quality Multicultural Literature”
  • Dana Hill, Taft Middle School, Plain Local Schools, Canton, Ohio, “The Underground Railroad and the House of Dies Drear”