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Education Support

Museums and libraries support formal education from early elementary through the highest levels of research and scholarship.

National Student Poets Program logoPartnership:
National Student Poets Program
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and IMLS are partnering with the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers on the National Student Poets Program, the country’s highest honor for youth poets whose original work exhibits exceptional creativity, dedication to craft, and promise.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen education support (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

Education support content on the IMLS Web site:
Blog Post: Museums and Libraries: Be a Part of our Brain Building Journey

November 21, 2014 03:11 PM
Families and Work Institute is gathering information on early learning best practices and innovative approaches being used in libraries and museums across the country. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Colorado State Library

November 21, 2014 10:20 AM
The state library is focusing on early literacy, including their “1,000 books by kindergarten” program. Read More

 
Photos of North Carolina religious books.
Blog Post: Introducing: The Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection

November 18, 2014 03:15 PM
The digital collection reflects the diversity and complex history of faith and practice in the state. Read More

 
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Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Sam Noble Museum of Natural History

November 13, 2014 08:39 AM
Wildlife Biologist Chip Leslie talks to his 8-year-old grandson, Donovan, about science, their regular visits to the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman, Oklahoma, and the exhibit that Donovan would most like to see. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Interview: Connecticut State Library  

November 5, 2014 10:38 AM
Looking forward, the state library will focus on addressing 21st century skills including the five literacies: basic information, civic, social, health, and financial. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Interview: Kansas State Library

October 23, 2014 02:43 PM
Kansas State Library is focusing on digital literacy and workforce development to reduce poverty and help their residents succeed as lifelong learners. Read More

 
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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

 
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Blog Post: Improving Education for All Students with 3D Printing

October 21, 2014 03:02 PM
Benetech will use an IMLS grant to help students understand spatial and visual concepts with the use of 3D printing technology. Read More

 
Blog Post: Apply for a Free 3D Printer From 3D Systems!

October 3, 2014 03:05 PM
Museums and libraries that join the MakerLab Club and offer 3D printing and design programs may apply. Read More

 
First Lady Michelle Obama presents the National Medal for Museum and Library Service to representatives from The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Blog Post: Taking Big Steps at the Museum

September 22, 2014 02:46 PM
2014 National Medal Winner The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis was the unexpected place for a young boy to reach developmental milestones. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Getting in Tune with Nutrition and Physical Activity

September 9, 2014 12:57 PM
Join Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens, Let’s Move! Childcare, and Let’s Move! Faith and communities as we partner with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for a webinar focusing on the EatPlayGrow™ curriculum. Read More

 
New IMLS Blog Post: “Growing” Up at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

September 8, 2014 02:57 PM
Discovering the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at a young age has given Chidi Duke a passion for the environment, which he carried throughout his high school and college careers. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Louis Lafair

September 5, 2014 09:54 AM
Inaugural National Student Poet, Claire Lee, returns to interview the 2013 Class of National Student Poets. Learn more about National Student Poet Louis Lafair and the highlights of his year as an ambassador of poetry. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Aline Dolinh

August 25, 2014 10:00 AM
Inaugural National Student Poet, Claire Lee, returns to interview the 2013 Class of National Student Poets. Learn more about National Student Poet Aline Dolinh and the highlights of her year as an ambassador of poetry. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Adults Celebrate Learning with Stories About Literacy

August 20, 2014 03:27 PM
The Oklahoma Department of Libraries recently published the book “Celebrating the Journey,” a compilation of writings of adult learners who received instruction in reading and writing from their libraries. Read More

 
Blog Post: Integrating Libraries and Museums in State-Level Early Learning Strategies

August 19, 2014 01:46 PM
Learn more about how IMLS is partnering with the BUILD Initiative to meet critical early learning needs Read More

 
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Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Nathan Cummings

August 15, 2014 02:11 PM
Inaugural National Student Poet, Claire Lee, returns to interview the 2013 Class of National Student Poets. Learn more about National Student Poet Nathan Cummings and the highlights of his year as an ambassador of poetry. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS Convenings Focus on Learning Spaces, STEM

August 12, 2014 02:08 PM
IMLS hosted a series of strategic priority meetings designed to help inform future strategies, particularly for the National Leadership Grant program. Here are some takeaways from the convenings on learning spaces in libraries and STEM learning in libraries. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Michaela Coplen

August 11, 2014 10:29 AM
Inaugural National Student Poet, Claire Lee, returns to interview the 2013 Class of National Student Poets. Learn more about National Student Poet Michaela Coplen and the highlights of her year as an ambassador of poetry. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Sojourner Ahebee


Learn more about National Student Poet Sojourner Ahebee and the highlights of her year as an ambassador of poetry. Read More

 
Blog Post: Food for Thought: Fueling the Mind in Kentucky

July 9, 2014 02:20 PM
The Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives is addressing the need to keep students’ minds and bodies healthy with summer literacy and meal programs. Read More

 
Blog Post: The National Student Poets Take New York (again!)

June 27, 2014 10:13 AM
IMLS Director Hildreth met with the 2013 National Student Poets during their recent trip to New York for the Art.Write.Now.2014 National Exhibit. Hear what the teens had to say about their poetry events. Read More

 
IMLS Director Susan Hildreth and OCTAE Acting Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin while attending the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).
Blog Post: Libraries and Adult Education Program Team Up on Digital Literacy

June 26, 2014 12:17 PM
IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth and OCTAE Acting Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin release joint letter describing partnership. Read More

 
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Blog Post: IMLS Celebrates Summer Learning Day

June 20, 2014 10:06 AM
Libraries and museums across the country offer fun family programs to keep children and teens learning in the summer. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Reach Higher at Your Museum or Library this Summer

May 21, 2014 11:20 AM
Kids are taking charge of their futures with library and museum programs that spark their ambitions and build skills Read More

 
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Blog Post: Children Who Visit Museums Have Higher Achievement in Reading, Math, and Science

April 21, 2014 03:59 PM
IMLS Senior Statistician Deanne W. Swan highlights findings that show the educational benefits of museum visits for kindergarten children. Read More

 
Blog Post: Digital Badging: An Opportunity for Libraries and Museums

March 19, 2014 03:56 PM
Director Hildreth asks: Are badges in your future? Read More

 
Blog Post: Libraries Helping Communities Imagine the Possible

March 7, 2014 03:41 PM
Senior Library Program Officer Mary Alice Ball recaps recent events that covered the impact of geo-mapping, crowdsourcing, and the E-rate. Read More

 
Blog Post: How to Boost Your Creativity

March 5, 2014 02:09 PM
A recent workshop at the Science Center of Virginia brought together 60 librarians from across the state to learn about STEM resources, get ideas for successful programs, and partner with their museum colleagues. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Anchoring Communities at WebWise 2014

February 25, 2014 03:35 PM
IMLS’s annual WebWise conference explored digital technologies in museums and libraries through workshops, talks, and demonstrations. WiseCamp sessions were chosen by participants who voted for topics of interest using the interactive platform IdeaScale. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Tackling the Climate Change Conversation: Community of Practice Starts with IMLS Grant

February 20, 2014 09:58 AM
What started out as an IMLS-funded working group of aquarium professionals has fostered new collaborations and project proposals across the country. Read More

 
Panelists at Digital Learning Day
Blog Post: At the Washington Celebration of National Digital Learning Day

February 6, 2014 04:20 PM
IMLS’s Mary Alice Ball provides an update on the 2014 National Digital Learning Day. Read More

 
Blog Post: Thank you Chairman Wheeler!

February 5, 2014 01:17 PM
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler emphasizes the role of libraries in his remarks at a National Digital Learning Day celebration at the Library of Congress Read More

 
Blog Post: Financial Aid Toolkit: A One-Stop Shop for Financial Aid Resources

January 17, 2014 02:37 PM
Many libraries have become the go-to place in their communities for financial information. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid recently launched a new website called the Financial Aid Toolkit for librarians and anyone who help students with the financial aid process. Read More