Public Programs Office Contact Information

Contact Us

The ALA Public Programs Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CT). For general inquires, please call, write or fax us at:

Phone: 312.280.5045
Fax: 312.280.5759

Mailing Address:
Public Programs Office (PPO)
American Library Association
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

To suggest a partnership or program opportunity, please fill out ALA’s Request for Collaboration Form.

Meet PPO's Staff

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Deborah Robertson (she/her)
Phone: 312.280.5057

Contact Deb with inquiries regarding the ALA Public Programs Office, the ALA Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee (PCPAC), the ALA Cultural Communities Fund, and support for library programming through partnerships, sponsorships, grants and donations.



Mary Davis headshotDeputy Director

Mary Davis Fournier (she/her)
Phone: 312.280.5056

Contact Mary with inquiries regarding strategic partnerships, new and innovative programs and partnerships, media partnerships for national library programs, and digital delivery methods for library programming. Also contact Mary with questions regarding libraries and community engagement; ALA's Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative; library programs and collective impact; the National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment (NILPPA) initiative; One Book, One Community initiatives; and requests for information on civic engagement and cultural programming in libraries; library programming topics; and learning presentations and speaking engagements.


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Project Director

Lainie Castle (she/her)
Phone: 312.280.5055

Contact Lainie with inquiries about K-12 programming partnerships, Let’s Talk About It programming, collection development grants, book and film discussion programs, and other new project opportunities. Also contact Lainie with questions regarding content, planning, grant application and reporting concerns for the Great Stories Club (GSC), the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club (TRHT GSC), the STAR_Net STEAM Equity Project: Enhancing Learning Opportunities in Libraries of Rural CommunitiesNASA@ My Library, and Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change


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Project Director

Melanie Welch (she/her)
Phone: 312.280.5054

Contact Melanie with inquiries regarding strategic partnerships, new and innovative programs and partnerships, museum collaborations and STEM-related topics. Questions regarding Thinking Money for Kids, Americans and the Holocaust, Community Connect and The Founding Era should be directed to Melanie, as well as requests for information on civic engagement and programming in libraries. Melanie also welcomes invitations to present on library programming topics and at other speaking engagements.


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Communications Manager

Sarah Ostman (she/her)
Phone: 312.280.5061

Contact Sarah with questions or ideas for the website, including inquiries about submissions and blogging opportunities, and tips about innovative or potentially newsworthy stories about library community engagement. Media should contact Sarah for more information about PPO grant offerings and programs.




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Program Manager

Samantha Oakley (she/her)
Phone: 312.280.5287

Contact Samantha with questions regarding Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries, Media Literacy Education in Libraries for Adult Audiences, ALA PPO's annual grant opportunities, online learning, evaluation, and partnership inquires.



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Program Officer

Brian Russell (he/him/his)
Phone: 312.280.5298

Contact Brian with questions regarding Foundant, the Public Programs Office's grant management system, and for project support for the Great Stories Club (GSC), the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club (TRHT GSC), and Thinking Money for Kids." 



Hannah ArataCommunications Associate

Hannah Arata (she/her)

Contact Hannah with questions or ideas for the website.





BeeBee Cooper BrowneProgram Coordinator

BeeBee Cooper Browne (they/she)

Contact BeeBee with general questions about PPO content as well as questions regarding Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, the STEAM Equity Project, NASA@ My Library, and Community Connect.