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Civic/Community Engagement

Libraries and museums build the civic strength of their communities and providing opportunities for public engagement.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen civic/community engagement (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

National Initiative: National Medal for Museum and Library Services
The National Medal honors outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Selected institutions demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach.

Partnership:
StoryCorps
Each year, select museums and libraries receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for these institutions. Beginning with the 2009 winners,  personal stories demonstrating the ongoing impact of these award-winning institutions are being documented through a cooperative agreement between IMLS and StoryCorps.

Civic/community engagement content on the IMLS Web site:
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Learning Lab Publication Describes Transformative Spaces for Teens

November 20, 2014 10:19 AM
Learning Labs are creative spaces in libraries and museums that engage teens and tweens 21st century learning. Read More

 
Federal Grants of $30 Million Awarded to Support Museums across the U.S.

September 18, 2014 08:28 AM
Today IMLS announces recipients of the Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums programs. Grants awarded in 2014 inspire museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Read More

 
USCIS Webinar on ELIS, the Electronic Immigration System, for Public Librarians

September 16, 2014 11:33 AM
The September 29 webinar will help librarians understand how the ELIS system works and what’s in store as USCIS transitions to a fully electronic application process. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Introducing: The Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection

November 18, 2014 03:15 PM
The digital collection reflects the diversity and complex history of faith and practice in the state. Read More

 
Blog Post: California Libraries Pay Tribute to Veterans

November 10, 2014 04:03 PM
In honor of Veteran’s Day, we take a look at how the California State Library is serving its veteran community. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Interview: Connecticut State Library  

November 5, 2014 10:38 AM
Looking forward, the state library will focus on addressing 21st century skills including the five literacies: basic information, civic, social, health, and financial. Read More

 
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Oklahoma Libraries as a Gateway to Citizenship


The Oklahoma Department of Libraries collaborated with library and community-based programs to support English language learning, civic engagement, and preparation for citizenship. Read More

 
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A Day of White House Accolades for 2014 National Medal Recipients


The White House brought national attention to the outstanding work of the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service recipients. Institutional leaders and board members participated in the ceremony, which also featured community members whose stories illustrated the profound impact of the institutions in their lives. Read More

 
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Tackling Money Matters at New York Public Library


The New York Public Library (NYPL) introduced Money Matters, a project to educate library staff on the core concepts of personal finance and related reference sources. The program also made the staff more open to the idea of hosting presentations by experts who provided personal finance training that was needed most by their neighborhood communities. NYPL also made the project training materials freely available. Read More

 
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2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure


The National Medal is an annual award made to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Read More

 
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2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure


The National Medal is an annual award made to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Read More

 
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2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service brochure


The National Medal is an annual award made to museums and libraries that have demonstrated a long-term commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Read More

 
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Talking Points: From Third Place to Makerspace: Public Libraries and Teens


A snapshot of how public libraries reach out to teens with programs and services. Read More