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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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Thirty Museums and Libraries Tapped as Finalists for National Medal

February 24, 2015 09:28 AM
For 21 years, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. Read More

 
USCIS-IMLS Present Webinar for Public Librarians on Human Trafficking Prevention

February 6, 2015 11:23 AM
Learn about the government’s Blue Campaign and steps you can take to raise awareness and combat this terrible crime. Read More

 
IMLS and Department of Education’s OCTAE Present Digital Strategy Webinar for Librarians

December 9, 2014 09:08 AM
The December 18 webinar will cover national initiatives, resources, and tools that public and school librarians can use to enhance their digital literacy programming and services. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Museums and Gardens Across the Country Join the Let’s Move! Initiative

March 24, 2015 03:08 PM
IMLS celebrates the 5th Anniversary of Let’s Move! with a look back on Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Training our Focus

March 18, 2015 02:37 PM
We will host a new round of IMLS Focus convenings this spring and a new IMLS annual conference, November 16-17, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read More

 
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Blog Post: #NetGain: #NetGain: The Role of Libraries on the Web as a Public Good

March 2, 2015 10:42 AM
At the kick-off event for the NetGain Challenge, created to ensure that the web of the future is one that supports a broad public good, discussion often focused on the key central, civic, and social role of libraries. Read More

 
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Creative Aging Engages Seniors through Art


Westchester Library System, a cooperative library system, implemented a Creative Aging instructional arts program to empower community libraries to offer programs providing social engagement and creative expression to active and engaged seniors. Read More

 
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Supporting Trainers to Bridge the Digital Divide


The Public Library Association partnered with the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies to develop an online collection of digital literacy resources accessible to libraries, patrons, and other community-based organizations. Read More

 
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Rediscovering History with Needles, Thread, and Caribou Skins


Through a grant from IMLS, the Alutiiq Museum developed a project to educate adult skin sewers on Kodiak Island, recruit new sewers, create educational resources on skin sewing, and enrich community knowledge of the art of Native Alaskan skin sewing. 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