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:
Children holding a butterfly in the United States Botanic Garden
Blog Post: Let's Move! Gardens are Buzzing with Pollinators

July 9, 2015 12:57 PM
Many Let’s Move! Gardens are participating in the Million Pollinator Challenge to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators. Read More

 
A young girl shows off dirt on her hands
Blog Post: Get Dirty and Let’s Move!

July 7, 2015 08:25 AM
Summer camp participants at the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, are encouraged to get their hands dirty in the onsite gardens. Read More

 
Representatives Steny Hoyer (left) and Mark Takano (right) enjoy the Museum of Science, Boston’s Faire activity
Blog Post: Highlighting the Power and Potential of Making

June 22, 2015 01:47 PM
The amazing world of “making” took hold of the nation’s capital this month, and IMLS played an important role organizing key festivities. Read More

 
Blog Post: Make a Difference this Summer!

June 19, 2015 12:16 PM
Museums and libraries have a role in keeping young people safe, healthy, and engaged in learning over the summer. Read More

 
Students sitting at a table taking apart fleece pajama pants.
Blog Post: Makerspaces: Beyond Tools and Products

June 19, 2015 08:41 AM
Michigan Makers, a service learning project of the University of Michigan School of Information, aims to focus on the participants’ development rather than the tools in the makerspace. Read More

 
A visitor at The Tech Museum of Innovation learns how to solder in The Tech Studio.
Blog Post: Revving up an Engine for Innovation

June 18, 2015 12:42 PM
The Tech Museum of Innovation strives to use technology to make their community a better place to live by getting patrons tinkering in their new makerspace and dancing in their Creative Collisions program. Read More

 
Teens in Barcelona work on a stop-motion animation project
Blog Post: Spreading the Word: Library Learning Labs Go Abroad

June 17, 2015 09:07 AM
The Digital Librarian for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh traveled to Spain to share the 21st century skills that The Labs offer to teens. Read More

 
Kids and teachers working on ribbon cutting
Blog Post: Exposing Kid Makers to a Little Spark

June 15, 2015 02:42 PM
The Chevron Maker Annex at the Children’s Museum of Houston is a unique space that caters to the innovator child. Read More

 
Screenshot of the Range app
Open Data Fuels Local Solutions

May 21, 2015 12:34 PM
Developers used the IMLS Data Catalog to help create Range, a mobile app that helps locate vital summer resources for youth. Read More

 
Blog Post: The Impact of Summer Reading

May 14, 2015 08:30 AM
The Library of Virginia is studying how children and teens use reading programs. A May 19 webinar will explore some of the findings. Read More

 
President Barack Obama answers questions from students during the Discovery Education webinar
Blog Post: ConnectED: Open Books and Open Doors

May 1, 2015 02:01 PM
Yesterday, the President traveled to the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C., to announce new partnerships to expand access to free e-books for America’s students and to ensure every student has easy access to their local library and the wealth of knowledge and resources it can provide. Read More

 
A young boy climbing a rock wall.
Blog Post: The Strong Museum Hosts Fit Kids Day

April 23, 2015 01:54 PM
Nearly 5,000 museum guests went to The Strong to participate in physical activities, learn about healthy eating, and discover the long-term benefits of staying fit. Read More

 
Blog Post: Engagement, Creativity and Inspiration Found in New Afterschool STEM Programs

April 22, 2015 12:36 PM
IMLS, in partnership with Exploratorium, is working to bring STEM-learning resources to students engaged in after school programs. Read More

 
Jessica Ford and Connie Jones
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Mid-Continent Public Library

April 17, 2015 02:42 PM
At Mid-Continent Public Library, Connie Jones talks to colleague Jessica Ford, a former student at the Kansas City Elementary School where Connie was the librarian. Read More

 
Woman teaches teens how to create a book.
Museums as Social Agents: Storytelling Aids Emotional Healing

February 5, 2015 02:35 PM
Sandy Spring Museum helped immigrant youth in their community tell their stories through words, photography, and art. Read More

 
Kids playing with game pieces
Blog Post: The STEM Challenge Is on the Road!

January 30, 2015 12:09 PM
A series of STEM Video Game Challenge workshops on game design kicked off at the Free Library of Philadelphia during Computer Science Education Week. Read More

 
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Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

January 27, 2015 11:12 AM
Van Whaley and his ten-year-old daughter Ivy talk about their favorite things to do at the Las Vegas-Clark County libraries. Read More

 
Students standing in front of a green screen
Blog Post: 2014 Meteorology Makers’ Club Fair

January 8, 2015 08:38 AM
After three months of learning, making, and tinkering, nineteen middle school students from the Meteorology Makers’ Club in Norman, OK, proudly displayed their creations. Read More

 
A librarian leading a program for children.
Blog Post: Wrapping Up a Year of State Library Interviews

December 17, 2014 09:56 AM
The 2014 state library blog series painted a picture of Grants to States funding, which has served as the backbone of federal support for libraries in America for more than 50 years. Read More

 
From left to right: Madeline Meranda and Jeanne Long
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Mystic Aquarium

December 16, 2014 04:47 PM
Madeline Meranda talks to her former supervisor, Jeanne Long, about the summer of 2011 when Madeline worked as a volunteer docent. Read More

 
Diagram of Tutor Ready services
Blog Post: Supporting Literacy Tutors

December 9, 2014 03:28 PM
Tutor Ready is a new online resource that offers support for literacy tutors. Read More

 
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

 
Pictured from left to right: Patricia (Patti) Hulse and ShaQuana Boykin
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

 
3D Printing Chattanooga Public Library by Larry Miller CC
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

 
Susan Hildreth
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

 
Participants in a workshop talking to each other.
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

 
A girl pictured with the InfoMe logo
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

 
Louis Lafair
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

 
Kids jump roping
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

 
Nathan Cummings
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: 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