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Applications are currently closed for the National Library Partnership. Plans for 2021 will be announced in the near future.

Since 2016, the ASRT National Library Partnership has provided financial grants to U.S. public library systems to purchase books that highlight medical imaging and radiation therapy. This unique initiative has facilitated hundreds of book displays and funded the purchase of thousands of relevant book titles to mark National Radiologic Technology Week®.

More than 200 public libraries, large and small, in every state in the nation, have received grants from ASRT of up to $2,000 to purchase books and other educational materials related to medical imaging and radiation therapy, and the pioneers of radiologic technology. Many of the libraries received grants through recommendations from ASRT members who are local library patrons.

In addition, to spread the word about the program, ASRT developed the #asrtloveslibraries hashtag to encourage libraries, their patrons and ASRT members to share information about the program on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The program is part of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists’ ongoing commitment to educate the public about radiologic technologists’ role on the health care team, patient safety measures and the science behind radiological procedures.



Thank you for your interest in the ASRT National Library Partnership. We have reached our goal of 500 applications for The Donut That Roared giveaway. Thank you for being an ASRT member!

ASRT will offer its members and others a free copy of a book that helps pediatric patients understand what to expect during an MR procedure. MRI exams can be very frightening to children because they are often noisy and induce feelings of panic and claustrophobia.

The Donut That Roared is a children’s storybook about a boy who uses his imagination to cope with the fears children often face during an MRI. Based on the life of Jackson Grant, a Los Angeles boy living with an inoperable benign brain tumor, the story is an empowering and inspiring tool for families and health care providers. The book provides tips, tools and resources, including FAQs and journaling pages.

ASRT has partnered with author Joan Brasher to make a limited number of copies available at no charge to MR technologists and others who may work with children in these situations, or to those who may want to present their local public library with a copy of the book.

The Donut That Roared was a featured selection in ASRT’s National Library Partnership program in 2019 and was donated to public libraries across the country. The National Library Partnership provided public libraries across the nation with books that highlighted the science, history and diagnostic capabilities of radiologic technology. The program provided books to more than 200 libraries and at least one in every state.

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  • The Donut That Roared Inside Page
    The Donut That Roared Inside Page
  • The Donut That Roared Cartoon
    The Donut That Roared Cartoon
  • Family with The Donut That Roared
    Family with The Donut That Roared
  • The Donut That Roared Cover
    The Donut That Roared Cover

Participating Libraries


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 Active Displays

Kit Information

ABQ Main Library
Front Display
Artesia Display
South valley display
  • Library systems may apply for the grant through a simple, one-page application available on this page and may receive $500 to $2,000 depending on their legal service area.
  • Libraries will use grant funds to purchase from a selected list of books. Libraries will host book displays in their facilities and share display pictures and program information on their social media or website platforms.
  • ASRT will provide selected libraries with a display kit that includes a local news release, bookmarks, bookplates, fliers and posters.

Featured Books from our List

Book Review
By Viandra Hayden

Some may say it’s a coincidence, but I believe it’s destiny that my mother chose to go into the field of radiation therapy, a profession with a foundation built on the scientific discoveries made by Madame Marie Curie. Upon reading these two books, I learned of the many similarities between Madame Curie and my mother. Views that I’m sure many daughters will share about their hardworking, career-driven mothers. Just a century ago, women were not believed to be capable of balancing a work life while being great mothers. Mme Curie showed different. According to the accounts recorded in these books by her friends and two daughters, she was just as outstanding when it came to parenting as she was with working in her laboratories. One of her daughters stated how she would constantly apologize for missing birthdays and other events that could be deemed “special”. She then followed by stating her mother would never miss the opportunity to challenge and develop their minds by sending them stimulating problems by mail just for fun. I’m sure many working mothers have had to miss such events. Even my mother stated in her ASRT Presidential address that she felt bad for missing some of my school events such as plays or being away on holidays while working for the advancement of our profession. I would always tell her how proud I was. She would always share new advancements in the profession with such enthusiasm. Her love of the field and sacrifice made her an even greater role model and mother to me. It challenged my way of thinking and paved the way for me following her footsteps and becoming a radiation therapist.

Mme Curie’s daughter Irene must have felt the same way as she went on to win a Nobel Prize just like her mother. When you have a mother who knows no boundaries or limits when it comes to advancing their profession, nothing is greater or quite as inspirational. And the fact that Mme Curie never even desired recognition (as neither did my mother) makes their work and dedication that more admirable. So many women have proven now that it’s not necessary to sacrifice your career to have a family. These women have been the backbone of my generation. I, a mother too, have been even more driven by having a child to continue to further my career. I want my son to be as proud of me as I am of my mother, as Irene and Eve are of Mme Curie, and even as their grandchildren are proud of them. Mme Curie’s granddaughter said “…she was a mother, a peacemaker, a humanitarian…” These are all characteristics I am sure my son will use to describe his grandmother (or “Mimi” as she likes him to call her). I would like to thank the ASRT and the National Library Partnership. It’s so rewarding to know the field I have chosen was built on the foundations of an exceptional woman’s discoveries. It’s even more rewarding to know my mother is one of the few professionals carrying her torch, speaking before Congress, traveling and advocating for radiologic technologists around the world, among many other things. I now have an even greater appreciation and respect for our founding mother Mme Curie and my mother, Sandra Hayden, one of the greatest assets the radiation therapy profession will ever see.

Easy Grant Application

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Typically, $500 is adequate for one location or branch. Large library systems with multiple locations and displays should request up to $2,000. Please contact us if you wish to discuss the amount.


15000 Central Ave SE,
Albuquerque, NM 87123

505-298-4500, Ext. 1225

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