Public Programs Office (PPO)

People looking at Thinking Money exhibit at Salem (Ore.) Public Library

About Us

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office promotes programming as an essential part of library service in all types of libraries. The office provides leadership, resources, training and networking opportunities to help libraries serve their communities as cultural hubs and centers of lifelong learning. 

To learn more about the Public Programs Office:

  • Visit ALA's Cultural Communities Fund to learn how you can support cultural programming in libraries with a tax-deductible contribution. 
  • For information about a specific Public Programs Office project, view our staff contact list.

Questions? Email us.

Above photo: Patrons at the Salem (Ore.) Public Library view the Thinking Money, an exhibition created by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation in partnership with the ALA Public Programs Office. Learn more about Thinking Money.

Get Involved

There are several ways to get involved with ALA's Public Programs Office.
  • Sign up to receive the Programming Librarian e-newsletter. This bimonthly email includes highlights from the website, as well as current opportunities, related news and job announcements.
  • Contribute your expertise to ProgrammingLibrarian.org. We are always looking for submissions about creative library programs, programming tips and suggestions for online learning topics.
  • Serve on ALA's Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee (PCPAC). Comprising a dedicated group of ALA members, PCPAC serves as the advisory board for the Public Programs Office. The committee meets twice annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference; meetings are open to all conference attendees.