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Public libraries invited to apply for the NASA@ My Library STEM initiative

Public libraries are invited to apply for NASA@ My Library, a STEM education initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons throughout the nation, including geographic areas and populations currently underserved in STEM education.

The project is offered by the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and the Education Development Center. 

75 libraries selected to receive Great Stories Club ‘Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide’ grants

CHICAGO — Seventy-five libraries have been selected to receive training and support to host book club programs with at-risk youth as part of the Great Stories Club program, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

Created in 2006, the Great Stories Club introduces young adults to accessible, thought-provoking literature selected by humanities scholars to resonate with reluctant readers struggling with complex issues like incarceration, violence and poverty.

At 2017 Midwinter Meeting, talk to ALA about accessibility for people with disabilities

As part of an ongoing effort to improve its member experience, the American Library Association (ALA) will host a series of conversations at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta.  

The focus of these 90-minute Kitchen Table Conversations will be on a key aspect of inclusion: accessibility for people with physical, mobility, visual, auditory or cognitive disabilities. All conference attendees are encouraged to take part, whether or not they use accessible services.

Facing a divided nation, ALA offers libraries free trainings in dialogue facilitation and deliberation

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) invite library professionals to attend a free learning series to explore various dialogue facilitation approaches and position themselves to foster conversation and lead change in their communities.

Free webinar: 'Civil Rights and a Civil Society: A Library-Law Enforcement Partnership'

Join ALA’s Public Programs Office and ProgrammingLibrarian.org for a free webinar, “Civil Rights and a Civil Society: A Library-Law Enforcement Partnership,” at 1 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

The webinar will explore how Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library has partnered with local law enforcement agencies to develop an innovative public program series that uses history as a gateway to productive, critical conversations on race, policing and human rights. 

Free webinar: 'What Happened in Kansas City: Free Speech, Library Programs and the Law'

Join ALA’s Public Programs Office and Programming Librarian for a free webinar, “What Happened in Kansas City: Free Speech, Library Programs and the Law,” at 1 p.m. CST on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Libraries invited to apply for Great Stories Club ‘Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide’ Grants

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office invites libraries to apply for the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for underserved teens featuring books under the theme “Nature vs. Nurture: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide.” The project is supported with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Young adult authors to speak with at-risk youth as part of ALA Great Stories Club tour

CHICAGO — Five acclaimed young adult authors and illustrators will travel to public libraries, alternative high schools and juvenile justice centers around the country to speak with young people as part of the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for at-risk youth, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

ALA awarded IMLS grant to offer free community engagement training for libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office has been awarded $243,922 by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program for a two-year professional development project that will train library professionals in community leadership techniques like coalition-building and dialogue facilitation.

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