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Lifelong/Intergenerational Learning

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:

 

IMLS at the American Library Association Conference in San Francisco

June 10, 2015 01:43 PM
If you are coming to ALA, we hope to see you at IMLS booth #2621. Read More

 
USCIS Webinar on Enhancing Services for Adult Immigrant Learners

May 21, 2015 02:35 PM
We invite you to learn more about resources available to immigrant-serving organizations and adult education programs. Read More

 
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First Lady Michelle Obama Presents National Medal to Exceptional Museums and Libraries at White House Ceremony

May 18, 2015 03:18 PM
The First Lady presented the awards to the museum and library directors and to community members from each institution, who shared how the library or museum has impacted their lives. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Putting Seniors at the Center

July 22, 2015 02:48 PM
Museums and libraries have a role to play in promoting healthy aging, independent living, and community involvement for seniors. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Quick Ideas for Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ADA this July

July 17, 2015 01:10 PM
In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Wisconsin Division of Libraries lists ways libraries can observe the anniversary and provides resources on disability history. 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

 
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Creative Aging Engages Seniors through Art


Westchester Library System, a cooperative library system, implemented a Creative Aging instructional arts program to empower community libraries to offer programs providing social engagement and creative expression to active and engaged seniors. Read More

 
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Supporting Trainers to Bridge the Digital Divide


The Public Library Association partnered with the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies to develop an online collection of digital literacy resources accessible to libraries, patrons, and other community-based organizations. Read More

 
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Rediscovering History with Needles, Thread, and Caribou Skins


Through a grant from IMLS, the Alutiiq Museum developed a project to educate adult skin sewers on Kodiak Island, recruit new sewers, create educational resources on skin sewing, and enrich community knowledge of the art of Native Alaskan skin sewing. Read More

 
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Research Brief No. 6: First Grade Student Library Card Ownership Linked to Library Visitation


A library card provides greater independence and access to literacy and information, while signifying increased responsibility and self-efficacy. Are there differences between children who do or do not have a library card? This brief focuses on children’s library card ownership in the first grade. Read More

 
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Designs for Change: Libraries and Productive Aging


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. Read More

 
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Talking Points: Adults Gain Skills at the Library


Short overview of the impact of library services for adult literacy. Read More