Awesome Libraries Partners with Awesome DC for ALA Live Pitch

On June 22nd, during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington DC, Awesome Libraries teamed up with Awesome DC to throw a collaborative live pitch event at OpenGov Hub. Over 100 folks registered to attend and sponsors included: OpenGovHub, EveryLibrary Institute, and B.Lin Catering.

Guest judges included:

Kim Zablud, DC Public Library's Director of Public services

Courtney Young, University Librarian at Colgate University and the 2014-2015 American Library Association President

Overall, 6 finalists were chosen to pitch their library-related ideas and three grants were awarded:

DC-related grant winner:

Building Equitable Neighborhoods with Entrepreneurial Library Innovation by Shenita Ann Grymes

A plan to build a little library in DC's Ward 7 to provide person-centered entrepreneurship resources curated for its community.

Library-related grant winner:

School of Cosplay by Tanya Knipprath

12 cosplay or crossplay workshops wherein participants will make their own costumes in collaboration with members of the community.

Audience choice award:

Very Sad Lab by Naoko Wowsugi and Valerie Wiseman

A house plant rehabilitation and research center in DC.

*During the event the Awesome Foundation grant clock hit $4 million dollars in grants distributed. We like to think this event put it over the top!