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.
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:
November 27, 2013 09:39 AM
IMLS Statistician Justin Grimes explores what it means to live in a rural area and the impact that public libraries can play make in rural communities.
November 19, 2013 03:44 PM
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and IMLS invite public libraries to join us for a webinar Wednesday, December 4 from 3:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. ET.
September 27, 2013 02:39 PM
At Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play flagship event, Let’s Move! Museums partnered with the Association of Children’ s Museums and Imagination Playground to promote physical activity. Local events were also hosted in museums across the country.
September 26, 2013 11:44 AM
Welcome 2013 National Student Poets
September 11, 2013 04:00 PM
Sue Considine was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. As the Executive Director of the Fayetteville Free Library, she has worked to redefine the role of a librarian by creating opportunities for staff to lead at all levels.