Public Programs Office

Young voters @ your library

CHICAGO — The library has long been referred to as the cornerstone of democracy, providing free and equal access to information for all people.

Adults across the country know that their library is a go-to resource when it comes to being a well-informed participant in the electoral process.  Its resources range from hosting local debates and discussions to acting as polling places and helping patrons register to vote.

Explore Chicago architectural landmark at Annual Conference and support Cultural Communities Fund

CHICAGO — Attendees of the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago will have the opportunity to spend an evening exploring an original Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house, while supporting the ALA Cultural Communities Fund (CCF).  Tickets will be available for a remarkable evening at Chicago's renowned Robie House on the University of Chicago campus at 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. on Monday, July 1.

ALA, StoryCorps receive IMLS grant to develop library outreach program

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in partnership with StoryCorps, announced today that it received a National Leadership Grant of $249,867, with a matching amount of $109,169, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The funds will support the implementation of a national initiative to bring StoryCorps’ interview methods and recording equipment to libraries as a springboard for programming and collaboration.

ALA, USIP encourage applications for 'Muslim Journeys' and 'Public Education for Peacebuilding Support'

Up to $2,000 in matching support available forALA/NEH “Bridging Cultures Bookshelf” programs

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is announcing a new funding opportunity for prospective applicants for the ALA/NEH Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys program. Applications for the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf will be accepted online through Oct. 25.

ALA Cultural Communities Fund to sponsor $5,000 award for excellence in library programming

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced today that the ALA Cultural Communities Fund is the new sponsor for the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award.

Nominations now accepted for Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award

Apply by Dec. 15 to receive $4,000, national recognition for program model

CHICAGO —The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. School libraries, public or private, that served children in any combination of grades K-8 and conducted humanities programs during the 2011-2012 school year are eligible.

Nomination period for the 2012 I Love My Librarian Award open through September 12

CHICAGO — Library users can now nominate a librarian for the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.  The nomination form is available on, the American Library Association’s (ALA) public awareness website.  

The award invites library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community.  

ALA, Tribeca Film Institute announce 50 sites to host 'America’s Music'

$125,000 in total funding for selected libraries to host film viewing and discussion series

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) announced that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will provide funding of $125,000 through award grants of $2,500 to 49 libraries and one non-profit organization to host America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway, a six-week series of public programs featuring documentary film screenings and