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.

School librarians invited to apply for $5,000 humanities programming prize

CHICAGO — School libraries are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

Nominations for the 2016 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming must be received by May 6, 2016. Applications, award guidelines and a list of previous winners are available at www.ala.org/jaffarian.

104 libraries selected to host traveling exhibition on Native concepts of health and illness

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, on behalf of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), has announced the 104 libraries that will host Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries.

Forty-two public libraries selected to host Explore Earth, Explore Space and Explore Tech traveling exhibitions

CHICAGO — Forty-two public libraries from across the country will host science- and technology-focused traveling exhibitions, bringing learning about the stars and planets, earth science and climate change and technology to audiences of all ages.

‘Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities’ at ALA’s 2016 Midwinter Meeting

BOSTON — Library professionals are invited to a special in-depth learning session about community engagement, “Trust and Opportunity: Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities in Mid-Sized Urban Settings,” at the American Library Association (ALA) 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

The session will be held from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Boston Convention Center. Each session is $95 per attendee and requires Midwinter registration. Continuing education units (CEUs) are available.

Applications invited for ‘Thinking Money’ traveling exhibition to public libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation, invites applications for Thinking Money, a traveling exhibition to U.S. public libraries.

ALA, Lifetime Arts announce creative aging workshop at 2016 Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Lifetime Arts, a national leader in arts education programming for older adults, and the American Library Association will offer a pre-conference workshop about the growing field of creative aging at ALA’s 2016 Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

ALA congratulates the National Endowment for the Humanities on its 50th anniversary

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) congratulates the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), one of the largest funders of humanities programming in the United States, on its 50th anniversary.

“As institutions that champion lifelong learning for all people, libraries benefit every day from NEH’s outstanding work,” said ALA President Sari Feldman. “ALA is extremely grateful to NEH for providing our communities with much-needed opportunities to connect, inspire curiosity, and learn about our shared histories.”

Deadline extended for 'Explore Earth,' 'Explore Space' and 'Explore Tech' traveling exhibition opportunities for public libraries

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, has extended the application deadline for three science- and technology-focused traveling exhibitions.

Public libraries will now have until Oct. 8 to apply.

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