Public Programs Office

NEH grants ALA $1.5 million for ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ programming initiative

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has been granted nearly $1.5 million by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in support of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative for libraries and other cultural institutions.

Public libraries invited to apply for ‘StoryCorps @ your library’

CHICAGO – StoryCorps, in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, is accepting applications from public libraries and library systems interested in hosting StoryCorps @ your library programs.

ALA releases report on library programming impact, calls for feedback from the field

CHICAGO — A report released today by the American Library Association (ALA) explores the growing area of library programming and proposes an ambitious, eight-year research plan to explore how programs reach library users and impact communities.

Free webinar series teaches libraries to 'turn outward' and lead positive community change

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library professionals to view a free webinar series designed to help libraries strengthen their role as core community leaders and work with residents to bring positive change to their communities.

Get beyond deadlock with free 'Naming and Framing' webinars

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Center for Civic Life and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life will offer a free webinar series to help librarians lead their communities in dealing with challenging public issues.

The series — “Naming and Framing Public Issues” — will be offered in three one-hour sessions:

Free webinar explores the makings of an award-winning school library program

CHICAGO — Creating a library program can be daunting regardless of an audience’s age. Developing a program for K-8 students— one that aligns with curriculum, stays on budget and keeps kids engaged — comes with a unique set of challenges.

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

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming.

School libraries, public or private, that served children in grades K-8 and conducted humanities programs during the 2013-14 school year are eligible. The winning library will receive $5,000.

Reserve your seat in ALA/Harwood Institute ‘Public Innovators Lab for Libraries’ community engagement training

CHICAGO  The American Library Association (ALA) and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation are accepting reservations for an intensive three-day training program to help libraries strengthen their role as agents of positive change in their communities.

ALA, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History announce ‘Exploring Human Origins’ traveling exhibition opportunity

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Human Origins Program, is accepting applications for the traveling exhibition Exploring Human Origins.   

The exhibition seeks to create an opportunity for a wide spectrum of audiences to engage the complex field of human evolution research in ways that are understandable, fulfilling, captivating and relevant.