California Humanities is now accepting applications to the California Reads grant program! The grant program supports public programs at libraries held in conjunction with our 2014 statewide read of What It is Like to Go to War, by Vietnam War veteran Karl Marlantes. We invite California libraries to develop and conduct public programs that will engage a broad range of community members in reading and discussion activities and related programs focused around the theme of our War Comes Home Initiative.

The big idea? To stimulate a thoughtful reflection of, and lively discussion among, friends and neighbors, families and strangers, about a matter of pressing importance to our communities, in this case, what it means to come home from war, and what it is like to be a veteran. Our goal is to help veterans strengthen connections to their communities, and vice versa, and increase awareness and understanding of the impact of war on our country. Because public libraries play a special role in our culture, often serving as “community living rooms” that are open and welcoming to all, Cal Humanities sees libraries as key partners in the initiative. War Comes Home will include a number of programming efforts across the state in colleges and universities, schools, community and arts centers, museums, as well as libraries.

Don’t delay—use the helpful links below to submit your library’s application by 5 p.m. on the November 1 deadline!

View our Grant Guidelines for general instructions and templates for your library’s application.
Watch an informational CA Reads Library Grant Webinar for tips and advice for your application.
Click here to begin a new CA Reads application.
Click here to return to your saved and in-progress CA Reads application.

The California Reads program is a project of Cal Humanities, supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.