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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:
Lauren Hays, Co-Director of Center for Games and Learning; Glenn Wiebe, ESSDACK Presenter; Mark Hayse, Co-Director of Center for Games and Learning
Blog Post: Games & Learning Conference

August 24, 2015 12:37 PM
The Center for Games & Learning at MidAmerica Nazarene University hosted a Games & Learning Conference to discuss how gameplay can support educators. Read More

 
Blog Post: Bringing Together Public Libraries and STEM

August 18, 2015 09:13 AM
STEM professionals and librarians come together for the first Public Libraries and STEM Conference Read More

 
New Bedford Whaling Museum apprentices take a selfie in front of the world’s largest ship model, Lagoda.
Blog Post: Why Host a High School Apprentice Program?

August 5, 2015 10:04 AM
The New Bedford Whaling Museum hosts an afterschool apprenticeship program to inspire high school students to enroll in college. Read More

 
Boy holding a book sits on the lap of his mother.
Blog Post: Reach Out and Read has a Prescription for Success

July 30, 2015 07:31 AM
Reach Out and Read has launched the Prescription for Success Toolkit, aimed at helping families benefit from museum and library services that foster literacy development in young children. Read More

 
Participants sitting in a circle brainstorming
Blog Post: Convening Communities for Good: On the Frontier of 3D Printing for Accessible Education

July 27, 2015 04:18 PM
With the help of an IMLS Grant, Benetech convened a national forum to discuss how 3D printing technology and services can be used for accessible education materials. Read More

 
Blog Post: Apply for a Mind in the Making Training Session on Executive Function Life Skills

July 16, 2015 08:10 AM
A training session hosted by the Families and Work Institute will share the science of early learning with professionals who work in museums and libraries. Read More

 
Children holding a butterfly in the United States Botanic Garden
Blog Post: Let's Move! Gardens are Buzzing with Pollinators

July 9, 2015 12:57 PM
Many Let’s Move! Gardens are participating in the Million Pollinator Challenge to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators. Read More

 
Sign for the White House Conference on Aging on the South Lawn in front of the White House.
Blog Post: Your Guide to Participating in the 2015 White House Conference on Aging

July 8, 2015 04:07 PM
The White House Conference on Aging will be on July 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time. We encourage libraries and museums to host and register a watch party to participate in this important event. Read More

 
People seated at the naturalization ceremony at George Washington's Mount Vernon
Blog Post: Celebrating Citizenship at Museums and Libraries

July 7, 2015 01:34 PM
Over the Fourth of July weekend, more than 50 naturalization ceremonies took place across the country, including some in museums and libraries. Read More

 
A young girl shows off dirt on her hands
Blog Post: Get Dirty and Let’s Move!

July 7, 2015 08:25 AM
Summer camp participants at the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, are encouraged to get their hands dirty in the onsite gardens. 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

 
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

 
Blog Post: Make a Difference this Summer!

June 19, 2015 12:16 PM
Museums and libraries have a role in keeping young people safe, healthy, and engaged in learning over the summer. Read More

 
Students sitting at a table taking apart fleece pajama pants.
Blog Post: Makerspaces: Beyond Tools and Products

June 19, 2015 08:41 AM
Michigan Makers, a service learning project of the University of Michigan School of Information, aims to focus on the participants’ development rather than the tools in the makerspace. Read More

 
A visitor at The Tech Museum of Innovation learns how to solder in The Tech Studio.
Blog Post: Revving up an Engine for Innovation

June 18, 2015 12:42 PM
The Tech Museum of Innovation strives to use technology to make their community a better place to live by getting patrons tinkering in their new makerspace and dancing in their Creative Collisions program. Read More

 
Teens in Barcelona work on a stop-motion animation project
Blog Post: Spreading the Word: Library Learning Labs Go Abroad

June 17, 2015 09:07 AM
The Digital Librarian for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh traveled to Spain to share the 21st century skills that The Labs offer to teens. Read More

 
People working in The Bubbler makerspace
Blog Post: You Can Make it Here...and Here's How

June 16, 2015 09:09 AM
Madison Public Library is tapping into their community of artists and makers to design programming for their makerspace, The Bubbler. Read More

 
Kids and teachers working on ribbon cutting
Blog Post: Exposing Kid Makers to a Little Spark

June 15, 2015 02:42 PM
The Chevron Maker Annex at the Children’s Museum of Houston is a unique space that caters to the innovator child. Read More

 
A girl at a naturalization ceremony holding the American flag.
Blog Post: Our Award Winning Libraries and Museums Are Welcoming New Americans

May 26, 2015 10:47 AM
The National Medal for Museum and Library Service shines a national spotlight on the many ways libraries and museums make a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities across the country. Stories from winning institutions resonate with IMLS efforts to help institutions provide services to immigrant communities. Read More

 
Blog Post: The Impact of Summer Reading

May 14, 2015 08:30 AM
The Library of Virginia is studying how children and teens use reading programs. A May 19 webinar will explore some of the findings. Read More

 
President Barack Obama answers questions from students during the Discovery Education webinar
Blog Post: ConnectED: Open Books and Open Doors

May 1, 2015 02:01 PM
Yesterday, the President traveled to the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C., to announce new partnerships to expand access to free e-books for America’s students and to ensure every student has easy access to their local library and the wealth of knowledge and resources it can provide. Read More

 
Teacher Sally Prickett poses with Kwame and one of her students.
Blog Post: Empowering Children through Poetry and Publishing

April 30, 2015 03:02 PM
The Calhoun County Library worked with Newberry Award-winning author Kwame Alexander to provide students from local schools the chance to write and publish their own poetry. Read More

 
Madeline LeCesne speaks at the podium at the White House.
Blog Post: Celebrating National Poetry Month with Student Poets

April 24, 2015 10:32 AM
From the White House to Buffalo, NY, the 2014 National Student Poets have been engaging communities with the gift of poetry. Read More

 
Blog Post: Engagement, Creativity and Inspiration Found in New Afterschool STEM Programs

April 22, 2015 12:36 PM
IMLS, in partnership with Exploratorium, is working to bring STEM-learning resources to students engaged in after school programs. Read More

 
Photograph of the Phoenix Steam Fire Engine No. # in 1885.
Blog Post: Remembering Lincoln: Personal Stories about the Lincoln Assassination

April 16, 2015 03:36 PM
Ford’s Theatre launched the Remembering Lincoln digital collection to engage present-day Americans with stories of people who lived through President Lincoln’s assassination. Read More

 
A man uses an iPad in an art gallery
Blog Post: Museum, Library Investments in Digital are Paying Off

April 13, 2015 03:34 PM
A new report highlights examples and lessons learned from cultural institutions that are embracing digital media in their work. Read More

 
IMLS Focus Dir Message 2015
Blog Post: Training our Focus

March 18, 2015 02:37 PM
We will host a new round of IMLS Focus convenings this spring and a new IMLS annual conference, November 16-17, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read More

 
Kids playing with game pieces
Blog Post: The STEM Challenge Is on the Road!

January 30, 2015 12:09 PM
A series of STEM Video Game Challenge workshops on game design kicked off at the Free Library of Philadelphia during Computer Science Education Week. Read More

 
Susan Hildreth
Blog Post: A Message of Farewell

January 15, 2015 03:53 PM
During my four years leading IMLS, we helped shaped a future course for the nation’s libraries and museums through our investments, partnerships, and leadership initiatives. Read More

 
Libraries = Ed Graphic
Blog Post: Libraries = Education: A Game-Changing Vision

January 14, 2015 01:37 PM
Libraries are repositioning themselves as educational institutions, so they will be viewed as important as schools, colleges, and universities. Read More

 
Students standing in front of a green screen
Blog Post: 2014 Meteorology Makers’ Club Fair

January 8, 2015 08:38 AM
After three months of learning, making, and tinkering, nineteen middle school students from the Meteorology Makers’ Club in Norman, OK, proudly displayed their creations. Read More

 
Kyle with little girl holding a READ sticker
Blog Post: Brand New Books Will Serve Kids in Need

December 17, 2014 03:47 PM
First Book provides free and low-cost books and educational resources to museums and libraries who serve children from low-income families. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Interview: Arkansas State Library

December 15, 2014 11:20 AM
With LSTA funds the Arkansas State Library will focus on reaching underserved audiences, providing continuing education for librarians, and supporting technology and broadband services. Read More

 
Diagram of Tutor Ready services
Blog Post: Supporting Literacy Tutors

December 9, 2014 03:28 PM
Tutor Ready is a new online resource that offers support for literacy tutors. Read More

 
New IMLS Blog Post: Interview: Vermont Department of Libraries

December 3, 2014 09:30 AM
For the next five years, the Vermont Department of Libraries will focus on improving citizen access to resources, and the department aims to establish a single shared statewide catalog. Read More

 
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

 
From left to right: Donovan Spirey and Chip Leslie
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

 
Children holding a parachute and bouncing a ball
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

 
A child sits at a computer in a library
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

 
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

 
3D Printing Chattanooga Public Library by Larry Miller CC
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

 
LMMG ObamaVisit
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

 
Louis Lafair
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

 
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