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, Harwood Institute release new tools to help libraries lead positive community change

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, has released three new tools to help libraries engage their communities, focus efforts where they are needed most and lead positive community change.

ALA Public Programs Office announces redesigned website,

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announces the launch of its redesigned website,, a resource for library programming-related news, ideas and support for all types of libraries.

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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 exhibitions — which are ideal for small libraries, requiring only 200 square feet of display space — are designed to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities for all ages.

Libraries invited to apply for Great Stories Club programming grants for at-risk teens

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office invites libraries to apply for the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for at-risk teens.

Eligible libraries are located within or working in partnership with organizations that serve at-risk youth, such as alternative high schools, juvenile justice organizations, homeless shelters, foster care agencies, teen parenting programs, residential treatment facilities and other nonprofit and community agencies. Up to 50 grants will be awarded.

Twenty-four public libraries selected to host space, earth science, technology exhibitions

CHICAGO — Twenty-four public libraries from across the country will host interactive 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.

Melanie Welch appointed ALA Public Programs Office project director

CHICAGO — Melanie Napoleon Welch joined the staff of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office as project director on June 15.

ALA 2015 Annual Conference programs 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 Annual Conference that will help libraries leverage their trusted position in the community to engage people on issues that matter.

The 2015 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition will take place June 25 to 30 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

More than 200 grants nationwide announced for ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ program

For inquiries or an interview with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), contact Theola DeBose, Director of Communications, at or 202-606-8255.

CHICAGO — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and American Library Association (ALA) have announced that 203 libraries, museums and other nonprofit organizations across the country are to receive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History programming grants.

ALA invites member feedback at Kitchen Table Conversations at 2015 Annual Conference

CHICAGO — As part of an ongoing effort to improve member experience, the American Library Association (ALA) will host a series of gatherings at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco to receive feedback about how it is communicating with current and prospective members.


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