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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:

 

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Thirty Museums and Libraries Tapped as Finalists for National Medal

February 24, 2015 09:28 AM
For 21 years, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. Read More

 
Grant Will Connect Early Learning Services of Museums and Libraries with Medical Community

January 8, 2015 01:43 PM
Reach Out and Read’s New Project is a "Prescription for Success." Read More

 
Application Period Opens for 2015 National Digital Stewardship Residency Program

December 18, 2014 09:53 AM
IMLS and the Library of Congress call for applicants and announce the 2015 host institutions and projects. The application deadline is January 30. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Adult New Computer Users: A Glimpse into the Learner Path

February 4, 2015 02:08 PM
Portland State University's Literacy, Language and Technology Research group shares preliminary findings from their IMLS-funded research project, Tutor-Facilitated Digital Literacy in Hard-to-Serve Populations. Read More

 
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Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

January 27, 2015 11:12 AM
Van Whaley and his ten-year-old daughter Ivy talk about their favorite things to do at the Las Vegas-Clark County libraries. Read More

 
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Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Yiddish Book Center

January 22, 2015 02:24 PM
Amy S. Klein's father, Arthur S. Klein, recently passed away. Amy talks to Christa Whitney about her father's personal connection to the Yiddish Book Center, where Christa works and where Arthur started volunteering as a docent at age 82. 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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Tackling Money Matters at New York Public Library


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. 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