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:
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