Introducing Sherlock Holmes

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Applications are now being accepted for the Beacon Society’s 2014 Jan Stauber grant, which provides financial assistance to literacy programs and educational experiences that introduce young people to Sherlock Holmes. Librarians, teachers, leaders of young people’s organizations, and members of Sherlockian societies in the United States and Canada are invited to apply.

 Sherlock Holmes has long been a cultural fixture in the United States, UK, and other countries around the world. First introduced in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet in 1887, the popularity of Sherlock Holmes has endured for over a hundred years, during which time the character has gone through many reimaginings and manifestations, both in print and on the screen. In recent years, our cultural fascination with Sherlock Holmes has reached a new height, with films like Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows starring Robert Downey Jr., the CBS series Elementary, and the fantastic BBC/PBS television series Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch. At the heart of every version of Sherlock Holmes lies Arthur Conan Doyle’s original character, and his stories continue to be relevant and a joy to read.

 The deadline for applications is May 1. More information is available at http://www.beaconsociety.com/JanStauberGrant.html. This is a great opportunity to show a new generation of readers that Sherlock Holmes is much more than an oddball detective with a pipe and a funny hat who goes around looking at footprints with a giant magnifying glass. “The game is afoot!”

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