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:
EarlyLearningBlog AcademicAchievement
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

 
A child hugging the Cat in the Hat
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

 
iPads in the Univeristy of Alabama's GeoTech Lab.
Blog Post: Hang Out, Mess Around, and Geek Out at the UA GeoTech Lab

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. Read More

 
Children from CMOM's pilot program in the South Bronx, New York City
Blog Post: Children’s Museum of Manhattan Launches Early Childhood Health Curriculum Approved by the National Institutes of Health

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. Read More

 
Boy doing a science project.
Blog Post: Millions of Moments of Discovery: US2020 Launches City Competition

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. Read More

 
Children receiving a giant check from the MetLife Awards
Blog Post: Nominate an Afterschool Program for a Chance to Win $10,000

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. Read More

 
Blog Post: One Size Does Not Fit All

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. Read More

 
Children practicing yoga in a museum.
Blog Post: Our Moving is Our Learning: The Power of Kinesthetic Learning and Programming in Children’s Museums

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. Read More

 
Blog Post: Learning Something New

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. Read More

 
Photo of Leslie Bushara
Blog Post: Passion to Learn

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. Read More

 
Graph with statistics from Department of Education early learning report
Blog Post: Kindergarteners’ Visitation to Libraries and Museums

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. Read More

 
Blog Post: Mentoring the Immigrant Community

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. Read More

 
Blog Post: Nurturing an Interest in Science

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. Read More

 
Photo of Harriet Henderson Coalter
Blog Post: Giving Children a Foundation for Learning

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. Read More

 
Blog Post: Finding Room for the Blues

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. Read More

 
Blog Post: Joyful Experiences of Discovery

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. Read More

 
Kickoff of the Let's Read! Let's Move! series.
Blog Post: Kicking Off the 2013 Let’s Read! Let’s Move! Summer Series

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. Read More

 
Cheryl McCallum headshot
Blog Post: Transforming Communities through Child-Centered Learning

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. Read More

 
Kids gather at Rockwood branch library in outer Soiutheast Portland. Jamie Francis/The Oregonian
Blog Post: At Rockwood Library, Nourishing a Summer Reading List

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. Read More

 
Hildreth, Smith, and Semmel at the launch of the early learning report.
Blog Post: Museums, Libraries Play an Important Role in Early Learning

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. Read More

 
Eating summer lunch at the Elmhurst Branch of the Oakland Public Library.
Blog: Pilot Project Serves Free Summer Lunch to Kids in Libraries

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. Read More

 
Girl reading books in library
Blog Post: Meeting the Needs of 21st Century Teens

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. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Children’s Services at Public Libraries: A Port in the Storm

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. Read More