Public Programs Office (PPO)

People of all ages look at the Public Programs Office's Thinking Money exhiibt


The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office empowers libraries to create vibrant hubs of learning, conversation and connection in communities of all types.

Our staff works closely with librarians, humanities scholars, artists and documentarians, STEM and financial literacy experts, and others to create nationwide programming opportunities, grants and traveling exhibitions for U.S. libraries. We are advised by ALA's Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee (PCPAC)

At any given time, multiple PPO-supported projects are under way in libraries across the United States. Current PPO grant projects include:

Interested in hosting a PPO program or exhibition in your library? Learn about our current offerings.

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

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