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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:
Blog Post: Leveraging Local Partnerships to Support Immigrant Integration

July 1, 2015 09:30 AM
In Rhode Island, Learning Lounges in public libraries provide space and technology to help adult learners, especially immigrants who study English as a Second Language. Read More

 
Blog Post: Los Angeles Public Library: Where Dreams Come True

June 30, 2015 03:08 PM
Sergio Sanchez, with the help of the Los Angeles Public Library, achieved his dream of becoming a citizen of the United States. Read More

 
Blog Post: Meeting Community Needs: A Veteran’s Success Story

June 25, 2015 03:11 PM
Cecil County Public Library helped a U.S. Army Veteran who faced homeless, unemployment, and health challenges, gain computer literacy skills and apply for a job online. Read More

 
Juan Delgado and Emerald Tanner
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Octavia Fellin Public Library

June 23, 2015 03:19 PM
Emerald Tanner interviews her uncle, Juan Delgado, about his 32 years dressing up as Santa Claus for their family and for the whole Gallup, New Mexico community. Read More

 
Representatives Steny Hoyer (left) and Mark Takano (right) enjoy the Museum of Science, Boston’s Faire activity
Blog Post: Highlighting the Power and Potential of Making

June 22, 2015 01:47 PM
The amazing world of “making” took hold of the nation’s capital this month, and IMLS played an important role organizing key festivities. Read More