Public Programs Office

ALA congratulates the National Endowment for the Humanities on its 50th anniversary

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) congratulates the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), one of the largest funders of humanities programming in the United States, on its 50th anniversary.

“As institutions that champion lifelong learning for all people, libraries benefit every day from NEH’s outstanding work,” said ALA President Sari Feldman. “ALA is extremely grateful to NEH for providing our communities with much-needed opportunities to connect, inspire curiosity, and learn about our shared histories.”

Deadline extended for 'Explore Earth,' 'Explore Space' and 'Explore Tech' traveling exhibition opportunities for public libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance, has extended the application deadline for three science- and technology-focused traveling exhibitions.

Public libraries will now have until Oct. 8 to apply.

Applications invited for ‘Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness’ traveling exhibition to libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, on behalf of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), invites applications for Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries.

ALA, Harwood Institute release new tools to help libraries lead positive community change

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, has released three new tools to help libraries engage their communities, focus efforts where they are needed most and lead positive community change.

ALA Public Programs Office announces redesigned website, ProgrammingLibrarian.org

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announces the launch of its redesigned website, ProgrammingLibrarian.org, a resource for library programming-related news, ideas and support for all types of libraries.

Sign up at http://www.programminglibrarian.org/about/get-our-enewsletter to receive Programming Librarian’s biweekly e-newsletter.

Using new web features, Programming Librarian users may:

Apply to host a space, earth science or technology exhibition at your public library

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance, invites public libraries to apply to host one of three science- and technology-focused traveling exhibitions.

The exhibitions — which are ideal for small libraries, requiring only 200 square feet of display space — are designed to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities for all ages.

Libraries invited to apply for Great Stories Club programming grants for at-risk teens

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office invites libraries to apply for the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for at-risk teens.

Eligible libraries are located within or working in partnership with organizations that serve at-risk youth, such as alternative high schools, juvenile justice organizations, homeless shelters, foster care agencies, teen parenting programs, residential treatment facilities and other nonprofit and community agencies. Up to 50 grants will be awarded.

Twenty-four public libraries selected to host space, earth science, technology exhibitions

CHICAGO — Twenty-four public libraries from across the country will host interactive science- and technology-focused traveling exhibitions, bringing learning about the stars and planets, earth science and climate change and technology to audiences of all ages.

Melanie Welch appointed ALA Public Programs Office project director

CHICAGO — Melanie Napoleon Welch joined the staff of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office as project director on June 15.

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