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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 11, 2014 12:25 PM
Two webinars describe how museums and libraries can get involved in the USDA Summer Food Service Program.
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.
February 6, 2014 04:20 PM
IMLS’s Mary Alice Ball provides an update on the 2014 National Digital Learning Day.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.