Public Programs Office (PPO)

Virtual programs and insights from a time of crisis

CHICAGO — From the moment the pandemic took hold in Spring 2020, libraries and library workers have demonstrated their fortitude and flexibility by adapting to physical closures, social distancing guidelines, and a host of other challenges. Despite the obstacles, they’ve been able to stay connected to their communities—and helped connect the people in their communities to each other, as well as to the information and services they need and enjoy.

Free online games from ALA and the FINRA Foundation make financial literacy fun for kids

The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, has released a collection of free online games to teach children basic financial skills related to earning, saving and spending money.

The four interactive games — part of a series called Thinking Money for Kids and available at — are designed for children ages 7 to 11 but are appropriate for other ages as well. They include:

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 2021 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award will be accepted until May 5, 2021. In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on programming, submissions of virtual programs are highly encouraged.

ALA awards community engagement grants to 200 small/rural libraries; invites applications for 450 additional grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the first 200 recipients of its Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Focus on Small and Rural Libraries grants, while also inviting applications for a second funding round that will distribute an additional $1.4 million to libraries.

12 rural public libraries selected to receive funding to offer bilingual exhibitions and STEAM programming

Note: Contact the Space Science Institute at:

Media Contact:
Karly Pitman, 720-974-5874
Executive Director

Program Contact:
Keliann LaConte, 720-974-5835
Principle Investigator, STEAM Equity Project
Professional Development Manager

ALA releases free practitioners' guide, webinar series on adult media literacy education

CHICAGO — Imagine that you are working at the reference desk when a patron comes to you with a question. They cite a “fact” that has been widely debunked, mentioning an article from a publication that you know to be untrustworthy. What can you, as a library worker, do to educate and inform them?

In response to the need for media literacy education, the American Library Association (ALA) has released a free digital guide and related webinar series to help library workers plan for moments like these.

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.