The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office promotes programming as an essential part of library service in all types of libraries. The office provides leadership, resources, training and networking opportunities to help libraries serve their communities as cultural hubs and centers of lifelong learning.
To learn more about the Public Programs Office:
- Visit ALA Programming for a list of current opportunities, as well as resources for past programs, including the reading and discussion model Let's Talk About It.
- Visit Programming Librarian, our online resource center, for programming ideas, professional development and grant opportunities, and free, on-demand online courses. While you're there, submit your own program to our Program Models database.
- Visit ALA's Cultural Communities Fund (CCF) to learn how you can support cultural programming in libraries with a tax-deductible contribution.
- Updated Aug. 1, 2017: For a limited time, thanks to a generous contribution from a longtime ALA supporter, your gift in support of community engagement projects will be matched one-to-one. Visit the CCF website for details.
- For information about a specific Public Programs Office project, view our staff contact list.
Questions? Email us.
Above photo: Patrons at the Salem (Ore.) Public Library view the Thinking Money, an exhibition created by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation in partnership with the ALA Public Programs Office. Learn more about Thinking Money.
- Sign up to receive the Programming Librarian e-newsletter. This bimonthly email includes highlights from the website, as well as current opportunities, related news and job announcements.
- Join our electronic mailing lists to stay up to date on PPO activities and network with fellow programming librarians.
- Contribute your expertise to ProgrammingLibrarian.org. We are always looking for submissions about creative library programs, programming tips and suggestions for online learning topics.
- Serve on ALA's Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee (PCPAC). Comprising a dedicated group of ALA members, PCPAC serves as the advisory board for the Public Programs Office. The committee meets twice annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference; meetings are open to all conference attendees.
- Make a contribution to the ALA Cultural Communities Fund.
- Join the Programming Librarian Interest Group (PLIG) page on Facebook. (Please note: This is a closed group. To become a member, log into your Facebook account, search for "Programming Librarian Interest Group," and send a request to join. Requests are usually granted within 48 hours.)
- Other ideas? Contact us.