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December 4, 2020

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for Ohio libraries to apply for grant funds to build or expand a collection of books receiving honors and awards in Ohio and by Ohio authors.  Since 2016, the State Library of Ohio has awarded LSTA funds to support Celebrating Ohio Book Awards & Authors (COBAA) to provide funds specifically for collection development purposes. The grant application is a required online application. The grant award is a maximum of $2000 per eligible institution.  COBAA grant proposals must be submitted via the State Library website by midnight, January 15, 2021.

 The awarded federal funds may be used to purchase copies of the selected title(s). The 2021 COBAA Book List  is a listing of over 1,800 eligible titles including those nominated and awarded the Ohioana Book Awards, Buckeye Children’s and Teen Book Award, James Cook Book Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, The Anisfield-Wolf Award, Thurber Prize for American Humor, and Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Award. Also included are all Choose to Read Ohio  and Floyd’s Pick selections to date.

Click here for more Information, materials, and application.

Questions may be addressed to Cindy Boyden at, or 800-686-1532.

Media Contact:

Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Public Information Officer and Director, Marketing & Communications (614) 644-6875