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Current Programs

Through grants, the ALA Public Programs Office offers the essential resources, funding, visibility and framework needed for libraries to conduct high-quality cultural programs during the project term and beyond. Public Programs Office initiatives bring audiences together to experience diverse and excellent humanities programming across all types of libraries in the United States. The following are descriptions of the PPO programs currently being hosted by libraries. Each library was selected by application.

books and media discussion programs  

These programs provide opportunities to invite adult audiences to libraries to discuss books or films and to explore contemporary life and culture. These discussion series are based on the popular national model "Let's Talk About It," which was developed by the American Library Association in the 1980s.

"Let's Talk About It" focuses on reading a common series of texts, chosen by a nationally known scholar, and discussing them in the context of a larger theme. Over the past 20 years, the model has been adopted--and adapted--by hundreds of libraries throughout the country.       


traveling exhibitions  

The ALA Public Programs Office tours traveling exhibitions across the United States. These exhibitions provide the opportunity for local programs such as lectures, film series, book discussions, concerts, displays, and activities for children. The focus of community-wide attention, these traveling exhibitions attract audiences of all ages to public and academic libraries.

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family and youth programs  

These programs provide enrichment opportunities for families, young adults and children through their school or public libraries. The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Public Programs Office collaborate to present We the People Bookshelf.

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arts programs  

These programs provide opportunities for libraries to present theme-based cultural programming for adults and family audiences in order to explore important issues and ideas, featuring live appearances by literary, visual and perofmrimg artists.

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    Although grant applications are not being accepted at this time, we invite you to read a fuller description of the program with links to funders.

For more information about current PPO programs, please view our blog - the PUBLIC PROGRAMS POST

For information about resources from past PPO programs, please visit our Programming Resources webpage.

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A listing of the ALA Public Programs Office's current book & media discussion programs, traveling exhibits and author and artist events.