Public Programs Office

VMM15: Your historic opportunity to vote on a VMM resolution

CHICAGO — Be one of more than 500 members who will have the first-time ever opportunity to vote on a resolution submitted via the Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM15). American Library Association (ALA) members can make their voices heard regarding the organization’s strategic direction and budget priorities by sharing their ideas and experiences and offering their suggestions during the annual Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM).

ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award to Oklahoma State University Library

CHICAGO — The Oklahoma State University Library, (Stillwater, Oklahoma) has been named the 2015 winner of the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award. The award, supported by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund, recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence by providing programs that have community impact and respond to community needs.

NEH grants ALA $350,000 for book clubs for at-risk youth

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has been granted $350,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for at-risk youth.

Free six-part online learning series teaches libraries to lead positive change

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library professionals to view a free, six-part online course designed to help libraries strengthen their role as core community leaders and work with residents to bring about positive change.

REFORMA conference program explores ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ grant opportunity

CHICAGO — Attendees at the REFORMA National Conference V will receive information and advice about applying for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a grant opportunity offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA).

The conference runs April 1 to 4 at the OMNI Hotel in San Diego. The program, “NEH’s Latino Americans: 500 Years of History – Planning Your Grant Proposal and Program Series,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 2 in Salon D.

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.

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