Libraries and museums are unique in their capacity to engage learners of all ages and abilities.
Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen lifelong/intergenerational learning (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)
IMLS-funded programs and services for older adults (PDF; 432KB)
Selected list of grantees through LSTA (Library Services & Technology Act) and discretionary programs (National Leadership Grants for Libraries; Laura Bush 21st Century Librarians Program) that have provided services for aging populations. This list is organized by the American Library Association’s "Guidelines for Library and Information Services to Older Adults."
Lifelong/intergenerational learning content on the IMLS Web site:
September 11, 2014 10:32 AM
IMLS grants support basic library services, 21st century skills training and cultural projects and initiatives.
August 6, 2014 08:44 AM
IMLS announced grants that will help expand digital services and connectivity, digital literacy, professional development, and support summer reading, bookmobiles, collections, and more.
July 28, 2014 01:55 PM
The August 4th webinar will provide an overview of the state systems of early learning and describe how museums and libraries can align their early learning activities with these systems.
September 3, 2014 10:36 AM
The West Virginia Library Commission has taken a leadership role on continuing education and lifelong learning, especially through the development the statewide library network.
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.
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.
The New York Public Library (NYPL) introduced Money Matters, a project to educate library staff on the core concepts of personal finance and related reference sources. The program also made the staff more open to the idea of hosting presentations by experts who provided personal finance training that was needed most by their neighborhood communities. NYPL also made the project training materials freely available.
Immigration is a part of our national history and heritage, yet immigration issues often remain divisive and emotionally charged. Thanks to a project led by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, professionals from 20 museums across the country have united to make local museums productive and safe forums for exploring the historic context and current challenges of immigration.
The Treehouse Museum's A Knight at the Museum program provides opportunities for families of children enrolled in area Head Start programs and in local public schools to participate in storybook themed learning quests centered around the museum's resources. Thanks to funding by an IMLS Museums for America Engaging Communities grant, the Treehouse Museum updated its exhibits for the program and offered the event at reduced cost to area schools.
As the first of the baby boomers turn 60, public libraries are preparing to offer creative alternatives to retirement to a generation notorious for their idealism and activism. This report from the Americans for Libraries Council (ALC) and IMLS offers guidelines, demographics, and examples of model programs to public libraries interested in connecting these active older adults to new opportunities for learning, work, and community service.
Short overview of the impact of library services for adult literacy.