RAILS Awards My Library Is… Grant to Grace Lutheran School

RAILS is a library system that provides services that support around 1300 private and public school, and university libraries in Illinois. It stands for “Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System”. This past summer, RAILS announced 20 projects that were selected to receive the My Library is… Grants for School Libraries. One of the recipients of the grant was our library at Grace Lutheran School! Here is a link to the press release:


Mrs. Bramwell submitted an application to update our library collection. We were awarded the maximum of $5,000 to update our collection with more diverse content focusing on nonfiction, biographies, graphic novels, and fiction of PK – 2nd Grade.

Here are the titles that Mrs. Bramwell is looking forward to adding:

Graphic Novels:

Borders by Thomas King

Lowriders series by Cathy Camper

Miss Quinces by Kat Fajardo

Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas

The Awakening Storm (City of Dragons #1) by Jaimal Yogis

Fiction for PK-2nd:

Beauty Woke by NoNieqa Ramos

Eyes that Speak to the Stars by Joanna Ho

Fire! Fuego! Brave Bomberos by Susan Middleton Elya

I’ll Go and Come Back by Rajani LaRocca

More titles in the Mia Mayhem series by Kara West

Octopus Stew by Eric Velasquez

Too small Tola by Atinuke

Biographies about the following people:

Amanda Gorman

Kamala Harris

Louis Armstrong

Yoyo Ma

Titles from the Who was…? series