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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:
Susan Hildreth
Blog Post: Public Libraries Can Be Catalysts for Community Transformation

October 22, 2014 11:49 AM
A new Aspen Institute report summarizes assets of public libraries and describes strategies for their success. Read More

 
A customer works with a Cuyahoga County Public Library “Cuyahoga Works” Career Counselor on polishing his resume. Credit: Roger Mastroianni
Blog Post: For Employment Training and Assistance, Look to Your Local Library


Libraries in communities across the country are providing job seekers with resources and assistance to help them find work. Read More

 
Image of Art Beyond Sight pamphlets and flyers
Blog Post: October is Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month

October 17, 2014 11:09 AM
Art Beyond Sight is raising awareness of accessibility to the arts for people who are blind or have low vision. Read More

 
People from the Longmont group pose with their robot.
Blog Post: Public Library Excels at Serving Children with Autism

October 16, 2014 03:19 PM
Senior Library Program Officer Michele Farrell visited the Colorado State Library and learned about how the library addresses the needs of children and teens on the autism spectrum. Read More

 
A woman sits at a table in a library working on a craft project.
Blog Post: Sprouting Green Weeding Practices Web-Based Training

October 6, 2014 01:41 PM
Learn how to recycle your library’s used books to provide more space for your communities’ needs. Read More