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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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ACM, IMLS Announce Children’s Museum Access Program for Low-Income Families

May 15, 2014 11:19 AM
The Museums for All initiative aims to make the high-quality learning experiences of children’s museums more accessible to low-income families. Read More

 
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First Lady Michelle Obama Presents National Medal for Museum and Library Service at White House Event

May 8, 2014 03:37 PM
Michelle Obama presented medals to each winner and praised the community service and educational roles of museums and libraries. Read More

 
E-Verify: Employment Eligibility Verification Webinar for Public Librarians

May 7, 2014 11:12 AM
IMLS will present the third webinar in the USCIS series on June 2 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Read More

 
IMLS Hosts Library Stakeholder Meeting May 15 at San Francisco Public Library

May 6, 2014 03:13 PM
Watch the webcast of the library learning spaces discussion and join in on Twitter: #imlsfocus. Read More

 
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Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces Recipients of 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

April 24, 2014 08:52 AM
Mrs. Obama will present the awards at a May 8 White House ceremony. Read More