Afterschool/Out-of-School

Libraries and museums help our communities support children's learning and development.

MacArthur Foundation logoPartnership: Learning Labs
In support of President Obama's "Educate to Innovate" call to action, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services are working together to create 30 new youth learning labs in libraries and museums across the country.

Partnership: National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
Formerly Coming Up Taller, these awards recognize outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people by providing them with learning opportunities and chances to contribute to their communities.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to afterschool/out-of-school programs (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

Afterschool/out-of-school content on the IMLS Web site:
Blog Post: New Funding Available for Programs that Serve Disconnected Youth

November 26, 2014 12:31 PM
Learn more at Performance Partnership Pilot webinar on December 1st. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Colorado State Library

November 21, 2014 10:20 AM
The state library is focusing on early literacy, including their “1,000 books by kindergarten” program. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Storycorps Inverview: Brooklyn Botanic Garden


ShaQuana Boykin talks about how working with the Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) as a teenager helped her get through difficult times at school and at home. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Improving Education for All Students with 3D Printing

October 21, 2014 03:02 PM
Benetech will use an IMLS grant to help students understand spatial and visual concepts with the use of 3D printing technology. Read More

 
People from the Longmont group pose with their robot.
Blog Post: Public Library Excels at Serving Children with Autism

October 16, 2014 03:19 PM
Senior Library Program Officer Michele Farrell visited the Colorado State Library and learned about how the library addresses the needs of children and teens on the autism spectrum. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Growing Up at the Library

October 7, 2014 09:07 AM
Avree Walker talks about how his time spent at the Las Vegas-Clark County Public Library inspired him to pursue a career in the performing arts. Read More

 
Blog Post: Apply for a Free 3D Printer From 3D Systems!

October 3, 2014 03:05 PM
Museums and libraries that join the MakerLab Club and offer 3D printing and design programs may apply. Read More

 
Kids participating in summer programming with counselors.
Blog Post: Nation’s Museums and Libraries Feed Minds and Bodies this Summer

October 1, 2014 03:24 PM
In addition to addressing summer slide, museums and libraries can work with USDA to make sure kids do not go hungry during the summer months. Read More

 
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Blog Post: A Comprehensive Strategy to Strengthen STEM Learning Must Include Libraries and Museums


Since 2013, IMLS has invested $23.6 million in STEM projects in libraries and museums Read More

 
First Lady Michelle Obama presents the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to representatives from The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Blog Post: Taking Big Steps at the Museum

September 22, 2014 02:46 PM
2014 National Medal Winner The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis was the unexpected place for a young boy to reach developmental milestones. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Interview: South Dakota State Library

September 15, 2014 09:42 AM
In South Dakota, the state library is boosting information literacy and accessibility by strengthening programming, training librarians, and purchasing statewide databases. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Immigrant and Refugee Youth Use Technology to Help their Families and Neighbors

September 11, 2014 10:54 AM
InfoMe finds that youth express both satisfaction and stress as they use their tech skills as lifelines for others. Read More

 
New IMLS Blog Post: “Growing” Up at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

September 8, 2014 02:57 PM
Discovering the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at a young age has given Chidi Duke a passion for the environment, which he carried throughout his high school and college careers. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Louis Lafair

September 5, 2014 09:54 AM
Inaugural National Student Poet, Claire Lee, returns to interview the 2013 Class of National Student Poets. Learn more about National Student Poet Louis Lafair and the highlights of his year as an ambassador of poetry. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Children’s Museum Birthday Bash Keeps Kids Fit


Staff at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast celebrated the museum’s 6th birthday by hosting a jump rope contest and making homemade pizzas with veggies from their summer garden. Read More

 
Photo of National Student Poet Aline Dolinh
Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Aline Dolinh

August 25, 2014 10:00 AM
Inaugural National Student Poet, Claire Lee, returns to interview the 2013 Class of National Student Poets. Learn more about National Student Poet Aline Dolinh and the highlights of her year as an ambassador of poetry. Read More

 
Blog Post: Integrating Libraries and Museums in State-Level Early Learning Strategies

August 19, 2014 01:46 PM
Learn more about how IMLS is partnering with the BUILD Initiative to meet critical early learning needs Read More

 
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Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Nathan Cummings

August 15, 2014 02:11 PM
Inaugural National Student Poet, Claire Lee, returns to interview the 2013 Class of National Student Poets. Learn more about National Student Poet Nathan Cummings and the highlights of his year as an ambassador of poetry. Read More

 
Pacific island grantees at a training workshop.
Blog Post: Library Services Training in the Pacific Region

August 13, 2014 01:00 PM
Pacific island grantees convened at a training workshop in Honolulu, Hawaii, to discuss their projects with IMLS staff, share best practices, and obtain professional development training. Read More

 
Kids at the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast climb the 10-foot carrot play structure, inspired by Spiffy’s Once Upon A Farm
Blog Post: Children’s Museum Takes Different Approach on Childhood Obesity

August 11, 2014 03:01 PM
In Florida, kids who visit the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast can climb on vegetable play structures and make their own pizzas with veggies from interactive gardens that teach children about nutrition and physical activity. Read More

 
Photo of Michaela Coplen
Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Michaela Coplen

August 11, 2014 10:29 AM
Inaugural National Student Poet, Claire Lee, returns to interview the 2013 Class of National Student Poets. Learn more about National Student Poet Michaela Coplen and the highlights of her year as an ambassador of poetry. Read More

 
Sojourner Ahebee
Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Sojourner Ahebee


Learn more about National Student Poet Sojourner Ahebee and the highlights of her year as an ambassador of poetry. Read More

 
A girl in the organic farm exhibit holding an egg.
Blog Post: Kids Stay Active at The Strong Museum All Year Long

August 1, 2014 09:43 AM
Yoga, hopscotch, and planning healthy menus were among the Let’s Move!-themed activities offered at The Strong museum, designed to keep kids healthy and active during the summer months. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Oklahoma Department of Libraries

July 15, 2014 02:50 PM
The Oklahoma Department of Libraries is using LSTA funds to facilitate education, workforce development, and health outcomes, and to preserve community heritage. Read More

 
Blog Post: Food for Thought: Fueling the Mind in Kentucky

July 9, 2014 02:20 PM
The Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives is addressing the need to keep students’ minds and bodies healthy with summer literacy and meal programs. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Food, Glorious Food!

June 30, 2014 03:52 PM
This summer the Bellefonte Art Museum will host a number of programs focusing on food, healthy eating, and the culinary arts. Read More

 
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Blog Post: IMLS Celebrates Summer Learning Day

June 20, 2014 10:06 AM
Libraries and museums across the country offer fun family programs to keep children and teens learning in the summer. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Reach Higher at Your Museum or Library this Summer

May 21, 2014 11:20 AM
Kids are taking charge of their futures with library and museum programs that spark their ambitions and build skills Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: State Library of Louisiana

May 15, 2014 10:27 AM
Continuing literacy, broadband access, and accessibility are among the many issues outlined in the Louisiana State Library’s five-year plan. Read more in this IMLS interview with Louisiana State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. Read More

 
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler speaking at the IMLS Hearing on Libraries and Broadband
Blog Post: Public Record from IMLS Hearing on Libraries and Broadband Released

May 5, 2014 11:14 AM
The record of our April 17 hearing on Libraries and Broadband is now available on the IMLS web site; you can read the transcript, see the video, and read public comments. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

April 25, 2014 02:34 PM
For more than 50 years, funding authorized by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) has served as the backbone of federal support for libraries in America. IMLS interviewed the Arizona state librarian about how they use federal funds and how the needs of library users in the state are changing. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Children Who Visit Museums Have Higher Achievement in Reading, Math, and Science

April 21, 2014 03:59 PM
IMLS Senior Statistician Deanne W. Swan highlights findings that show the educational benefits of museum visits for kindergarten children. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Libraries and Museums Can Help Feed Children This Summer

April 11, 2014 12:25 PM
Two webinars describe how museums and libraries can get involved in the USDA Summer Food Service Program. Read More

 
Blog Post: How to Boost Your Creativity

March 5, 2014 02:09 PM
A recent workshop at the Science Center of Virginia brought together 60 librarians from across the state to learn about STEM resources, get ideas for successful programs, and partner with their museum colleagues. Read More

 
Panelists at Digital Learning Day
Blog Post: At the Washington Celebration of National Digital Learning Day

February 6, 2014 04:20 PM
IMLS’s Mary Alice Ball provides an update on the 2014 National Digital Learning Day. Read More

 
Blog Post: Thank you Chairman Wheeler!

February 5, 2014 01:17 PM
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler emphasizes the role of libraries in his remarks at a National Digital Learning Day celebration at the Library of Congress Read More

 
Blog Post: The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action

January 10, 2014 03:07 PM
A new report funded by IMLS looks at how libraries can provide 21st century skills and workforce development to the 21st century teen. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Innovative Programming: Wee Read West at Charlotte Mecklenburg

January 8, 2014 02:52 PM
An early learning program of the North Carolina State Library, funded by an IMLS National Leadership Grant, is helping children from birth to 5 years old read at grade-level. Read More