CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced today that the ALA Cultural Communities Fund is the new sponsor for the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award. The award will recognize a library (public, academic, school or special) that demonstrates excellence in library programming by developing and presenting a cultural or thematic program or program series during the previous year. More information and nomination forms for the 2013 ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award are available online. To be considered, nominations must be received by Dec. 1.
The award will be presented at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, as the ALA Cultural Communities Fund celebrates its 10th anniversary. In 2003, a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities kick-started a campaign to secure the future of libraries as cultural destinations within the community. Since then, the ALA Cultural Communities Fund has grown to more than $1.7 million, serving libraries as they serve their communities through the highest quality arts and humanities programs. To contribute to CCF, visit www.ala.org/ccf.
The ALA Public Programs Office promotes cultural and community programming as an essential part of library service in all types and sizes of libraries. Successful library programming initiatives have included Let’s Talk About It reading and discussion series, traveling exhibitions, film discussion programs, the Great Stories CLUB, LIVE! @ your library and more. Recently, the ALA Public Programs Office developed www.ProgrammingLibrarian.org, an online resource center bringing librarians timely and valuable information to support them in the creation of high-quality cultural programs for their communities. For more information about the ALA Public Programs Office, visit www.ala.org/publicprograms.