Public Library Association

Learn how to ‘Weed Smart’ in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO – Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn how to make any weeding project a public relations dream. “Weeding Smart” will take place at 1 p.m. Central on Oct. 2.

PLA now accepting nominations for nine service awards and grants

CHICAGO — Through the generosity of sponsors, the Public Library Association (PLA) is offering nine awards/grants designed to highlight the best in public library service and to honor those bringing innovation, creativity and dedication to public libraries. Many of the awards include an honorarium; please visit the website for details on each award and nominate yourself, your colleague or your library through Dec. 2, 2015.

The awards include:

Registration now open for PLA 2016 Conference in Denver

CHICAGO — Housing and registration for the Public Library Association’s 2016 Conference, April 5-9 in Denver, are now open. For complete details, visit

Public libraries to promote free access to federal lands and waters for fourth graders

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is proud to help launch the Every Kid in a Park program, as part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them.

Learn how to engage teen parents in early literacy practices in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO – The Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) initiative has provided a powerful toolkit for introducing parents to early literacy practices. When those parents also happen to be teenagers, it helps to take a fun-yet-thoughtful approach to programming. Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn reliable, time-tested methods for reaching the teen parent population and introducing the Five Practices in a way that is simple, straightforward, and highly interactive.

Free advocacy training curriculum now available for public libraries

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to announce that the advocacy training curriculum Turning the Page: Supporting Libraries, Strengthening Communities is now available online. This training curriculum is an updated version of Turning the Page that was developed for library associations and networks around the world, with input from the Public Library Association and other grantees of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries initiative.

Arianna Huffington Announced as Speaker for PLA 2016 Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to announce Arianna Huffington, the chair, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, and author of 14 books, as an Adult Author Lunch Speaker at the PLA 2016 Conference, April 5-9 in Denver.

PLA now accepting proposals for 2016 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) is now accepting program proposals showcasing public library practices and innovations for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, to be held June 23–28, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.

Making archives come alive for public libraries and their communities

CHICAGO — Librarians and archivists across the country are developing innovative ways to bring library users into new relationships with archival professionals and research collections. From social archives and citizen cartography to artist-curators and photovoice projects, special collections departments are demonstrating their value not only for preservation but also for outreach, education and public service.

Learn how to manage and engage public library volunteers in upcoming PLA webinar

CHICAGO — Join the Public Library Association (PLA) to learn about skilled volunteerism and how it can help to build capacity in your library. “From Management to Engagement: Skilled Volunteers in Public Libraries” will take place at 1 p.m. Central on July 22. During this webinar, participants will hear from libraries who have been participating in the "Get Involved: Powered by Your Library" volunteerism initiative.