For Immediate Release
November 15, 2006
Host Ben Franklin @ your library
Applications now available for a new traveling exhibit
CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, Philadelphia, Pa., is now accepting grant applications from public, academic and special libraries wishing to host the traveling exhibition, “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World.”
Applications are available online at www.ala.org/publicprograms and must be received by February 9, 2007.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has provided major funding for this traveling exhibition for libraries. “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World” is based on a major exhibition of the same title, which was on display at the
The exhibition will consist of six sections of colorful, freestanding photo-panels incorporating representations of artifacts from the original
One copy of the 1,000-square-foot traveling exhibit will circulate to 20 public and academic library sites beginning in November 2007. Libraries selected for the tour will host the exhibit for a six-week period. Participating libraries are expected to present at least two free public programs featuring a lecture or discussion by a qualified scholar on exhibition themes. All showings of the exhibition will be free and open to the public.
Public and academic libraries interested in hosting the exhibition can download the application and guidelines at http://www.ala.org/publicprograms or request a copy by sending an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due by February 9, 2007.
Established in 1992, the ALA Public Programs Office has a strong track record of developing library programming initiatives, including the acclaimed reading and discussion series "Let's Talk About It!," film discussion programs on humanities themes, traveling exhibitions, LIVE! @ your library®, and other programs. Recently, it has established the Cultural Communities Fund, an endowment fund created to help all types of libraries across the country bring communities together through cultural programming (www.ala.org/ccf). More than 10,000 libraries and at least 10 million individuals have participated in library programming initiatives supported by the Public Programs Office. For more information, visit www.ala.org/publicprograms.
The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary is a private, non-profit alliance established to mark the three-hundred-year anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth (1706-2006) with a celebration dedicated to educating the public about
For more information about “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World,” please visit www.ala.org/publicprograms/.