Libraries and museums help our communities support children's learning and development.
Partnership: 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:
November 15, 2013 02:03 PM
The new learning lab at the Alabama Museum of Natural History gives teens access to technology they might not be able to use at home or in their schools. These gadgets will allow hands-on experimentation, collaboration, and tinkering in areas of personal interest.
November 12, 2013 03:27 PM
Director Hildreth joined Let’s Move! Executive Director Sam Kass at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) for the launch of EatPlayGrow™, a new early childhood educational curriculum designed to keep children healthy.
September 27, 2013 12:36 PM
The US2020 City Competition capitalizes on the role of cities as centers for innovation by supporting efforts to build local STEM mentoring capacity for underserved youth. Museums and libraries are eligible to apply.
September 26, 2013 07:13 AM
The Afterschool Alliance in partnership with MetLife Foundation will award $10,000 to five afterschool programs that demonstrate excellence in serving middle school students. Nominate a museum or library program by October 14, 2013.
September 10, 2013 04:09 PM
Library Director Robert Karatsu and Community Member Christine DeVries talk about how the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library serves the many diverse members of its community.
September 5, 2013 08:34 AM
Programming at the Miami Children’s Museum provides children with learning experiences that encourages movement and an active lifestyle.
September 3, 2013 02:08 PM
The Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director Kimber Fender and Community Member Amina Tuki talk about how at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County you can learn something new at any age.
August 28, 2013 11:39 AM
Leslie Bushara was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. At the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Bushara led the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Museum’s educational programming and curricula, which have shown lasting impact city-, state- and nationwide.
August 23, 2013 08:29 AM
IMLS analyst Deanne Swan looks at a Department of Education study to learn about children who are benefitting from visits to museums and libraries, and those who are not.
August 13, 2013 08:34 AM
Marshalltown Public Library Director Sarah Rosenblum and community member Veronica Guevara describe how the Marshalltown Public Library adapts to serve the changing demographics of the community and provide resources for new immigrants.
August 6, 2013 02:55 PM
Discovery Science Center President Joe Adams and Community Member Kate Upton describe how the science center captures visitors’ interest in science.
July 31, 2013 02:21 PM
Harriet Henderson Coalter was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. Coalter is the director of Richmond Public Library and has embraced working outside the walls of the library in order to reach more children and parents and work toward school readiness.
July 30, 2013 09:42 AM
Delta Blues Museum Executive Director Shelly Ritter and Community Member Travis Calvin talk about the uniquely American art form of the Blues and how the Arts Education program keeps kids engaged.
July 16, 2013 03:19 PM
Boston Children’s Museum President and CEO Carole Charnow and community member Tayquan Pomare-Taylor, talk about how the BNY Mellon Youth Leaders Program brings teens from the community to work in the museum.
July 15, 2013 11:55 AM
The Let’s Read! Let’s Move! initiative encourages Americans to get involved with preventing summer reading loss and childhood obesity by engaging youth in summer reading and physical activity, as well as providing information about healthy, affordable food.
July 5, 2013 09:02 AM
Cheryl McCallum is being honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. At the Children’s Museum of Houston she works to transform communities through innovative child-centered learning in one of the most dynamic and diverse large cities in the nation.
July 3, 2013 10:09 AM
With the help of Volunteers of America and Catering for a Cause, the Rockwood branch of the Multnomah County Library will offer hot lunches as part of the federal summer food program, the first library in the area to participate.
June 25, 2013 12:14 PM
A new report from IMLS and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading shows how libraries and museums prepare young children for success.
June 17, 2013 09:53 AM
In conjunction with summer reading programs, the “Summer Lunch at the Library” program will serve free healthy lunches in public libraries throughout California to keep kids’ bellies and minds nourished.
May 3, 2013 12:32 PM
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Summit on Libraries & Teens was the first conversation point in a yearlong National Forum that continues with a virtual town hall meeting on May 21.
April 3, 2013 03:59 PM
In this video, community member Tiara Livingston and Director Eunita Rushing discuss how teen programs at the Garfield Park Conservatory inspires and educates youth in the community.
March 27, 2013 09:51 AM
A bilingual summer program at the Long Island Children’s Museum helps children of immigrant families prepare for kindergarten.
March 5, 2013 01:27 PM
Learning Labs and conferences like the Teens and Libraries Summit showcase how libraries provide expanded learning opportunities for kids after school.
February 20, 2013 02:42 PM
Libraries and museums are taking leadership roles in their communities and tackling tough problems.
February 13, 2013 07:42 AM
New resource highlights the positive outcomes of learning after school and during the summer.
December 20, 2012 03:08 PM
Maker spaces are part of a growing movement of hands-on, mentor-led environments that encourage entrepreneurship and unleash the inner inventor in all of us, particularly children.
November 10, 2011 09:41 AM
In a recent analysis of utilization of children’s services at public libraries in the top 100 metropolitan areas, IMLS found that attendance at programs and circulation of children’s materials were lowest in areas with the highest levels of child poverty and children of immigrant parents.