For immediate release | October 1, 2013

Apply now for $5,000 award for excellence in library programming

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting nominations for the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award, sponsored by the ALA Cultural Communities Fund. The award recognizes a library that has created and presented an exemplary cultural/thematic program or series in the past year (Sept. 1, 2012 - Aug. 31, 2013) that encouraged community participation, planning or sponsorship, addressed a community need and made a measurable impact. All types of libraries are eligible — school, public, academic and special — but the nominated program or series must have been for a public audience. To learn more about the award, and the 2013 award winning programming, visit

The award consists of $5,000 and a citation of achievement that will be presented during the ALA Awards Presentation at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Submit your application here:

Through a generous challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the ALA Public Programs Office established the ALA Cultural Communities Fund to support cultural programming in all types of libraries. Ten years later CCF continues to make possible high-quality professional development for librarians, development of new program models and recognition of excellence in library programming through achievement awards. To see a list of donors who have generously supported CCF, please visit


Colleen Barbus

Program Coordinator

Public Programs Office