Public Programs Office (PPO)
The ALA Public Programs Office promotes cultural and community programming as an essential part of library service. Through professional development activities, programming resources, model programs and grant opportunities, PPO supports libraries as they fill their role as community cultural center, a place of cultural and civic engagement, where people of all backgrounds gather for reflection, discovery, participation and growth.
Check out ALA Programming for information on currently available opportunities, as well as resources for past programs. Programming Librarian, our online resource center, is full of feature articles, blog content and tools to help you plan and promote quality programming in your library. To support programming librarians in public, academic, special and school libraries we offer an array of online learning opportunities, as well as programs at the ALA Annual conference.
For more information about PPO, see our 2015 Annual Report.
Above photo: Keynote speaker Sharon Robinson, the daughter of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, author, and Major League Baseball educational consultant, speaks at a "Pride and Passion" event at Highland Park (Illinois) Public Library. The lecture focused on her father’s role in integrating baseball.
Are you a Programming Librarian? Get involved!
- Contribute your expertise to ProgrammingLibrarian.org
- Make a gift to the ALA Cultural Communities Fund
- Join our mailing list to learn about other ways to get involved. PPO often calls on member volunteers to greet colleagues and network at the PPO booth at ALA conferences, or to read and review grant applications.
- Join the Programming Librarian Interest Group page on Facebook. (Please note: This is a closed group. To become a member, log into your Facebook account, search for "Programming Librarian Interest Group," and send a request to join. Requests are usually granted within 48 hours.)
- Other ideas? Contact us.