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School Librarians Encouraged to Apply for Book Bonanza

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The School of Library and Information Studies is kicking off its annual Book Bonanza for the Black Belt (and Beyond) program, which will award new books to at least five public school libraries in Alabama’s Black Belt region and two school libraries in an economically deprived area of the state.

School librarians in the Black Belt and other economically disadvantaged areas of the state are encouraged to apply by downloading the application and emailing it with the subject line “Book Bonanza.” Applications can also be faxed to 205-348-3746. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28.  

At least seven winning school libraries will be selected by March 10 with each receiving more than $3,000 worth of new children’s and/or young adult books.  

Launched in 2009 by Dr. Jamie Naidoo, the SLIS Book Bonanza for the Black Belt (and Beyond) is an annual program that provides free books to school libraries in the Black Belt region each academic year. In 2020, SLIS donated more than $23,000 in free books to schools in Alabama. Additional information can be found on the SLIS Book Bonanza for the Black Belt (and Beyond) website.


Morgan Gay, College of Communication and Information Sciences,, 205-348-6416


Jamie Naidoo, professor and interim director of the School of Library and Information Studies,