Public Programs Office

Grounding library work in community engagement

CHICAGO — Community engagement isn’t simply an important component of a successful library—it’s the foundation upon which every service, offering, and initiative rests. Working collaboratively with community members—be they library customers, residents, faculty, students or partner organizations—ensures that the library works, period.

ALA invites applications for Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply for the Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant, an annual award supporting innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries.

Libraries invited to apply for programming support with inaugural Peggy Barber Tribute Grant

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply for the inaugural Peggy Barber Tribute Grant, a programming grant named after the transformative ALA leader responsible for the creation of National Library Week and the Celebrity READ series.

Public libraries invited to apply for $5,000 American Dream grants for adult literacy services

CHIGAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.

ALA awards programming grants to help libraries address the climate change crisis

Free programming guide available to help all libraries with planning nationwide

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced the recipients of its Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change grants, a pilot program to help public and academic libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate change crisis.

ALA, Capital One announce 20 rural libraries selected for Community Connect: Digital Access at Home grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and Capital One announced 20 public libraries selected to participate in Community Connect: Digital Access at Home, a program supporting digital access and financial capability for rural communities nationwide.

ALA to distribute nearly $2 million in grants to help small and rural libraries meet community needs

Applications accepted now through December 2

CHICAGO —The American Library Association (ALA) has announced plans to award nearly $2 million to small and rural libraries in 2020 and 2021 to help them address issues of concern in their communities.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation commits $400,000 to two national library grant programs

CHICAGO — The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has renewed its commitment to the American Library Association (ALA) with two $200,000 contributions in support of national programs to benefit school and public libraries nationwide.

ALA, Capital One invite rural libraries to apply for Community Connect: Digital Access at Home grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and Capital One announced a new grant opportunity for rural public libraries that will support digital access and financial capability for 20 communities nationwide.

Through Community Connect: Digital Access at Home, 20 rural public libraries will receive resources to support financial capability and internet access for their patrons for two years.

Libraries invited to apply for ALA’s ‘Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change’

New programming grant seeks to propel climate change action in libraries across the United States

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply to be part of Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, a pilot program to help public and academic libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate change crisis.