Public Programs Office

ALA announces Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovator Cohort grant opportunity

Public libraries invited to apply by March 6 to receive $8,000 grant and 18 months of professional development in community engagement

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is accepting applications for the Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovators Cohort, an 18-month, team-based professional development opportunity for public libraries, developed by ALA and the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

ALA announces 10 public libraries to offer ‘StoryCorps @ your library’ programs

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with StoryCorps, has announced 10 public libraries will participate in the StoryCorps @ your library program.

Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), StoryCorps @ your library will bring StoryCorps’ popular interview methods to libraries while developing a replicable model of oral history programming.

Rare Shakespeare First Folio to visit all 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico in 2016

Washington, D.C. — The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) and Cincinnati Museum Center, has announced the tour sites for its 2016 national traveling exhibition of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. The exhibition will tour the original 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare to all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The locations include 23 museums, 20 universities, five public libraries, three historical societies and a theater.

Register for ‘StoryCorps @ your library’ preconference workshop at 2015 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO — StoryCorps, in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, will hold a one-day workshop on Friday, June 26, for library professionals interested in offering projects inspired by StoryCorps at their institutions.

The workshop, “StoryCorps @ your library: Enhance Library Programming through Oral History Narratives,” will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco as part of ALA’s 2015 Annual Conference and Exhibition.

Nineteen public libraries selected to host ‘Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?’ traveling exhibition

CHICAGO — Nineteen U.S. public libraries have been selected to host the traveling exhibition Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office have announced.

Applications invited for ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ grants

CHICAGO — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and American Library Association (ALA) are accepting applications for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative for libraries and other cultural institutions.

Deadline extended for $5,000 school library programming award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office has extended the nomination deadline for the 2015 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming.

School libraries, public or private, that served children in grades K-8 and conducted humanities programs during the 2013-14 school year are eligible. The winning library will receive $5,000.

Nominations will be accepted until April 3, and the winner will be announced in May. School librarians are encouraged to self-nominate.

Apply to host a space, earth science or technology exhibition at your public library

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance, invites public libraries to apply to host one of three science- and technology-focused traveling exhibitions.

The interactive exhibitions are designed to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities for all ages.

ALA 2015 Midwinter Meeting programs will help libraries lead positive community change

CHICAGO — All communities have challenges. Libraries are uniquely positioned to help conquer them — given the right tools.

The American Library Association (ALA) will offer a series of free learning sessions at its 2015 Midwinter Meeting that will help libraries leverage their trusted position in the community to engage people on issues that matter.

The 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits will take place Jan. 30 to Feb. 2 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Ferguson Library Director Scott Bonner to share thoughts on leading in times of crisis at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago

CHICAGO — Libraries and their staffs are agents of positive community change, even under the most challenging and tension-filled circumstances. Ferguson (Missouri) Municipal Public Library Director Scott Bonner will discuss the recent turmoil in his community — and how the library managed to lead through it — at the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2015 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Chicago.

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