Public Programs Office

ALA, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Invite Public Libraries to Host Traveling Exhibition on Human Evolution

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA), in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s (NMNH) Human Origins Program, invites applications from public libraries interested in hosting the traveling exhibition Exploring Human Origins: Promoting a National Conversation on Human Evolution.

Melanie Welch named director of ALA’s Public Programs Office

CHICAGO – Melanie Napoleon Welch has been named director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Public Programs Office (PPO).

Three libraries awarded ALA’s 2022 Peggy Barber Tribute Grant

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded its Peggy Barber Tribute Grant, a programming grant named after the transformative ALA leader, to the Aztlán Center at Colorado State University (CSU) Pueblo Library, Highgate (Vt.) Library and Community Center, and Udall (Kan.) Public Library.

ALA, FINRA Foundation release free resource of diverse and inclusive financial literacy books for young people

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA), in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation), has released Thinking Money for All Kids: Diverse and Inclusive Reads to Teach Young People about Money, a free resource for library workers.

Libraries Transforming Communities to distribute more than $7 million in grants to support small and rural library accessibility efforts, call for Grant Advisor RFPs now open

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that its Libraries Transforming Communities project will offer more than $7 million in grants to small and rural libraries to increase the accessibility of facilities, services and programs to better serve people with disabilities.

ALA announces 200 U.S. libraries to receive American Rescue Plan humanities funding

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) has awarded $2 million in humanities funding to libraries nationwide, part of a grantmaking program to deliver relief to libraries recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.

With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the libraries will use funds to anchor themselves as strong humanities institutions and vibrant centers of learning, conversation and connection.

School librarians invited to apply for $5,000 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award

CHICAGO — School librarians are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced.

Nominations for the 2022 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award will be accepted until May 5, 2022. In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on programming, submissions of virtual programs are highly encouraged.

Twenty-five libraries selected for Let’s Talk About It: Women’s Suffrage humanities discussion project

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce 25 libraries selected to participate in Let’s Talk About It (LTAI): Women’s Suffrage, a grant designed to spark conversations about American history and culture through an examination of the women’s suffrage movement.