Curiosity Creates

Curiosity Create Grant

Curiosity Creates Resources

Head over to ALSC's YouTube channel to hear what some of the Curiosity Creates grant recipients learned from their programs. Curiosity Creates has its own playlist. If you would like to share a video from your library about encouraging children's creativity, contact Angela Hubbard at

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Curiosity Creates: Innovative Library Programming for Children (PDF 4.21 MB)
Learn more about how librarians structured their programs and the tips they would share to anyone interested in implementing similar experiences. 

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Talk with Curiosity Creates minigrant recipients at Networking Uncommons - June 25, 2016 

Hear from ALSC’s Curiosity Creates minigrant recipients. Programs ranged from bike-building and maintenance at Reading Public Library in Pennsylvania to a sewing program at Kenai Community Library in Alaska that taught participants how to create customized clothing for American Girl Dolls that are in the library’s circulating collection. Grant recipients and others interested in learning about their programs are invited to meet at the Networking Uncommons on Saturday, June 25 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Rasmus Thoegersen, Library Director at Morton-James Public Library in Nebraska City, Nebraska and Curiosity Creates Grant Recipient, will be the point person for the gathering. Follow and join the conversation virtually using Twitter at #ALSCCreates #alaac16


Curiosity Creates ALSC Chat - February 11, 2016

How is your library sparking creativity in children?  On Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 9pm Eastern, ALSC hosted a special one-hour chat on the topic of curiosity and creativity in youth service libraries. Two recipients of the recent Curiosity Creates grants led the discussion about curiosity and the library. You can follow the chat by using the hashtag #alscchat. The event was moderated by the ALSC Children & Technology Committee.

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Curiosity Creates at ALA Midwinter in Boston

News You Can Use Session:
Curiosity Creates: Research and Best Practices in Creativity Programming for Children
Saturday, January 9, 2016

A room full of participants joined us to engage in a conversation about how libraries encourage children to explore and create through intentional programming and thoughtful use of resources. Erica Fortescue, Associate Director of the Center for Childhood Creativity, shared the latest research from a variety of fields including neuroscience, psychology, sociology, and education. Participants gained an understanding of the seven critical components of creativity outlined by the Center for Childhood Creativity, as well as examples of how to incorporate them into library programming in developmentally appropriate ways for children ages 6 to 14. In addition to timely research, participants benefited from peer-to-peer expertise. Recipients of the Curiosity Creates grant shared updates and lessons-learned. Librarians who are currently implementing creativity programming in a variety of formats described how they got started, the outcome trends they have noticed and the tips they would pass along to others seeking to replicate their programs. Video from Midwinter will be posted when it becomes available.

Curiosity Creates Grants

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is thrilled to announce that of over 400 applications received, the following libraries have been selected to receive up to $7,500 to support creativity programming. We have been amazed by the robust response to our request for proposals and the range of ideas that were submitted will continue to inform our work. The Curiosity Creates grant has been made possible by a generous donation to ALSC by Disney.

The 79 Curiosity Creates grant recipients are:

Alexandria Library - Beatley Central Library VA
Apalachicola Municipal Library FL
Attleboro Public Library MA
Avon Free Public Library CT
Baldwin Public Library NY
Baltimore County Public Library MD
Bayard Taylor Memorial Library PA
Blount County Public Library TN
Broward County Library FL
Calvert Library MD
Carnegie Free Library of Beaver Falls PA
Carroll County Public Library MD
Carter County Public Library KY
Cheboygan Area Public Library MI
Defiance Public Library OH
Derby Public Library KS
Douglas County Public Library GA
Dunham Public Library NY
Eastern Shore Public Library VA
Edith B. Ford Memorial Library NY
Fairfield Public Library CT
Free Library of Philadelphia's Kensington Neighborhood Library PA
Glacier County Library MT
Glen Ellyn Public Library IL
Gloucester County Library System- Mullica Hill Branch NJ
Hialeah Public Libraries FL
Highland Park Public Library IL
Homer Public Library AK
Inglewood Public Library CA
Jefferson County Library CO
Kenai Community Library AK
Lee County Library MS
Lillian Marrero Neighborhood Library PA
Live Oak County Library TX
Livingston Public Library NJ
Lone Cone Library District dba Norwood Public Library CO
Louisville Free Public Library KY
Maude P. Ragsdale Public Library GA
McCracken County Public Library KY
Milton Free Public Library NH
Monroeville Public Library PA
Morgan County Public Library WV
Morton-James Public Library NE
New Brunswick Free Public Library (NBFPL) NJ
North Plainfield Memorial Library NJ
Norway Memorial Library ME
Ocean County Library NJ
Ontario City Library- Friends of Ontario City Library CA
Orange County Library System FL
Perry Public Library OH
Pio Pico Koreatown Branch Library CA
Piscataway Public Library NJ
Portneuf District Library ID
President Millard Fillmore Library UT
Pueblo City-County Library District CO
Reading Public Library PA
Salem County Bookmobile Library NJ
San Diego Public Library CA
San Jose Public Library CA
San Lorenzo Library CA
Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College FL
Sevier County Public Library System TN
Show Low Public Library AZ
Singletary Memorial Library TX
Skokie Public Library IL
Smyrna Public Library GA
Spokane Public Library: South Hill Branch WA
Springfield City Library MA
Springfield Public Library OR
St. Mary's County Library MD
Stair District Library MI
Swanton Public Library VT
Toledo Lucas County Public Library OH
Tom Green County Library System TX
Warren P. Sewell Memorial Library of Bremen GA
West Georgia Regional Library System GA
West Hartford Public Libraries CT
Widener Neighborhood Library PA
Woodbury Public Library NJ