Public Programs Office

Neil Gaiman to deliver 2020 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture

SEATTLE – Neil Gaiman will deliver the 2020 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. The announcement was made today by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits held January 25 - 29, in Seattle, Washington.

ALA joins W.K. Kellogg Foundation in observance of 2019 National Day of Racial Healing

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) will join the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and organizations across the country in observing the 2019 National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday, Jan. 22. (Read the proclamation by ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo.)

50 public libraries selected for American Creed: Community Conversations programming grants

The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with Citizen Film and the National Writing Project, has announced 50 U.S. public libraries selected to take part in American Creed: Community Conversations, a grant program that will invite audiences to consider what America’s ideals and identity ought to be through screenings of, and conversations about, the PBS documentary American Creed.

Public libraries invited to apply to host Thinking Money for Kids traveling exhibition

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, invites public libraries to apply to be part of a national tour of the traveling exhibition Thinking Money for Kids.

70 libraries named for ALA’s Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

CHICAGO — Seventy libraries have been selected to participate in the American Library Association’s Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT), a thematic reading and discussion program series that will engage underserved teens through literature-based library outreach programs and racial healing work.

Public libraries invited to apply for $10,000 American Dream grants for adult literacy services

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.

Public libraries invited to apply for American Creed Community Conversations programming grants

The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with Citizen Film and the National Writing Project, invites public libraries to apply for programming grants to host community conversations centered around American Creed, a PBS documentary that invites audiences to consider what America’s ideals and identity ought to be. 

Read the project guidelines and apply online by Nov. 19. Up to 50 public libraries will be selected.

ALA study will explore public library services for new Americans

CHICAGO — More than 55 percent of new Americans use their public library at least once a week, seeking English language learning, valuable resources and a vital support network, according to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Libraries invited to apply for Great Stories Club grants on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

CHICAGO — Library professionals are invited to apply for the American Library Association’s Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT). This thematic reading and discussion program series will engage underserved teens through literature-based library outreach programs and racial healing work.