Press Releases


Call for Nominations: 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
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Jul 17, 2014

Does your museum or library have a commitment to excellence and serve its community new and innovative ways? Museums and libraries of all types can apply for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Send your nomination by October 15. Read More

 
Call for Applications: FY 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Jul 15, 2014

IMLS is accepting applications for the Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program through September 15, 2014. Read More

 
IMLS Announces New Awards to Strengthen Early Learning Activities at Libraries and Museums

Jul 11, 2014

Three awards, totaling $771,854, will help involve libraries and museums in state-level and systems-level early learning strategies. Read More

 
IMLS Announces Grants of $2 Million for U.S. Museums

Jul 10, 2014

IMLS announces 37 museum grants awarded through three programs: African American History and Culture, Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums, and Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services. Read More

 
Financial Education Webinar for Librarians

Jul 07, 2014

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau presents a webinar July 10 about resources to help library customers make more informed decisions about money. Read More

 
FY 2012 Public Library Survey Data Released

Jul 02, 2014

Data is an annual census describing the operations and public use of libraries in the U.S. Read More

 
Robin L. Dale Selected as IMLS Associate Deputy Director in the Office of Library Services

Jun 20, 2014

Dale will head the IMLS Grants to States Program, the agency’s largest grant program. Read More

 
IMLS Releases 2011 Public Libraries in the United States Report
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Jun 18, 2014

The report shows the state of public library service in the U.S. and how investments affect library usage.​ Read More

 
Museums and Libraries in the Middle of the Maker Movement

Jun 18, 2014

As part of the first White House Maker Faire, IMLS announces support for making across the nation’s community centers of learning. Read More

 
USCIS Webinar for Public Librarians on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Jun 17, 2014

June 25 webinar will provide librarians with a basic understanding of deferred action, specifics on who may qualify, and identify how to file. Read More

 
IMLS at the American Library Association Conference in Las Vegas

Jun 11, 2014

Visit IMLS at Booth #1534 to meet with IMLS staff and learn more about our funded projects Read More

 
IMLS Publishes Results of State Library Administrative Agency Survey for Fiscal Year 2012
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Jun 10, 2014

The 2012 SLAA Survey shows that revenue and staffing levels at state library administrative agencies continue to decline. Read More

 
Third Library Stakeholder Meeting Set for June 5 at Chicago Public Library

May 22, 2014

Participate in the discussion on STEM learning in libraries through Twitter using the hashtag #imlsfocus.​ Read More

 
IMLS Museum Universe Data File Webinar: June 11

May 21, 2014

Learn more about how the data file was created and how you can use it. Read More

 
Let’s Move! Webinar Will Feature CMOM’s EatPlayGrow™ Curriculum
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May 21, 2014

Learn how to use its creative educational approach for programming at your institution. Read More

 
Government Doubles Official Estimate: There Are 35,000 Active Museums in the U.S.
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May 19, 2014

The data file is available free of charge for use, reuse and distribution. Read More

 
ACM, IMLS Announce Children’s Museum Access Program for Low-Income Families
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May 15, 2014

The Museums for All initiative aims to make the high-quality learning experiences of children’s museums more accessible to low-income families. Read More

 
First Lady Michelle Obama Presents National Medal for Museum and Library Service at White House Event
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May 08, 2014

Michelle Obama presented medals to each winner and praised the community service and educational roles of museums and libraries. Read More

 
IMLS and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to Partner on Makerspaces Project
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May 08, 2014

With IMLS support, the museum and its partners will develop a suite of maker tools and resources for libraries and museums. Read More

 
E-Verify: Employment Eligibility Verification Webinar for Public Librarians

May 07, 2014

IMLS will present the third webinar in the USCIS series on June 2 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Read More

 
IMLS Hosts Library Stakeholder Meeting May 15 at San Francisco Public Library

May 06, 2014

Watch the webcast of the library learning spaces discussion and join in on Twitter: #imlsfocus. Read More

 
National Museum and Library Services Board to Meet May 8, 2014

Apr 25, 2014

The public is invited to attend the meeting, which will focus on topics that are shaping future directions for museums and libraries. Read More

 
Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces Recipients of 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
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Apr 24, 2014

Mrs. Obama will present the awards at a May 8 White House ceremony. Read More

 
IMLS Hosts Library Convening April 29 at the New York Public Library

Apr 16, 2014

Join the conversation on twitter: #imlsfocus. Read More

 
Institute of Museum and Library Services to Hold Public Hearing

Apr 07, 2014

Members of the media and the public are invited to the IMLS e-rate hearing on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. – noon EDT, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. Read More

 
National Student Poets Amplify the Teen Voice for National Poetry Month
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Apr 01, 2014

Selected by a White House committee, student poetry ambassadors connect youth across the country to the dynamic art of literary self-expression Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: FY 14 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Mar 31, 2014

Grants will prepare librarians to serve tribal communities, immigrants, underserved youth and preschoolers, rare book researchers, and many others. Read More

 
IMLS and Sloan Foundation Award $1 Million to ARL for SHARE Notification Service
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Mar 28, 2014

With IMLS and Sloan Foundation funding, ARL and its partners will create a notification system for the research community to learn of new findings, data, and reports. Read More

 
Institute of Museum and Library Services to Hold Public Hearing

Mar 19, 2014

The public hearing will be April 17, 2014, at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library in Washington, DC. Read More

 
IMLS to Host Meetings with Library Stakeholders to Inform Future Grant Directions

Mar 19, 2014

IMLS will host the first in a series of meetings about future funding strategies at the New York Public Library on April 29. Read More

 
IMLS Announces Library Grants for Continuing Education, the Future of Libraries, and Digital Youth

Mar 13, 2014

IMLS announced today grants totaling $328,659 for projects of the American Library Association (ALA), the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, Inc. (COSLA), and the University of Washington. Read More

 
Preview of FY 2011 Public Libraries Survey Available

Mar 12, 2014

IMLS presents a first look at the findings from the 2011 Public Library Survey, the most comprehensive survey about public libraries in the United States. Read More

 
IMLS Grant to Support Development of Library Digital Badging System

Mar 12, 2014

IMLS is awarding a $250,000 grant to the Brooklyn Public Library and its partner BiblioCommons for the creation and piloting of an online badging system for libraries. Read More

 
Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens Webinar: Wednesday, March 19
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Mar 11, 2014

Learn how museums and gardens can use the USDA’s MyPlate in programming and food service. Read More

 
President’s FY 2015 Budget Request Includes $226,448,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Mar 04, 2014

With the requested FY 2015 funds, IMLS will provide leadership for the nation’s libraries and museums through grant making, policy development, and research. Read More

 
Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Finalists
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Mar 03, 2014

Thirty institutions from across the country are finalists for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Read More

 
Second Webinar in USCIS-IMLS Series for Public Librarians Scheduled for March 6

Feb 20, 2014

IMLS and USCIS will present the second in the free webinar series on March 6. Read More

 
Workshop Invitation for American Indian Libraries

Feb 20, 2014

IMLS, Department of the Interior, and the Federal Library Information Network (FEDLINK) present a day of Making Connections. Read More

 
Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces 20th Anniversary of National Medal Program
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Feb 19, 2014

IMLS celebrates 20 years of the award that has recognized 132 outstanding museums and libraries. Read More

 
Call for Applications: 2014 Native Hawaiian Library Services Program

Jan 28, 2014

The deadline for applications is April 1, 2014. Read More

 
IMLS Budget for FY 2014

Jan 23, 2014

The federal spending bill for FY 2014 includes $226,860,000 for IMLS. Read More

 
Results Released: Assessment of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Jan 17, 2014

IMLS today released the results of an independent study of its Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.​ Read More

 
Webinar on Immigration Resources for Public Librarians Scheduled

Jan 16, 2014

IMLS and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present the first in a series of free webinars for public libraries about immigration and U.S. citizenship topics on February 4. Read More

 
$5.1 Million Awarded for Delving into Big Humanities and Social Science Data

Jan 15, 2014

IMLS joins nine international research funders to announce the winners of the third Digging into Data Challenge, highlighting innovative humanities and social science research using big data. Read More

 
National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Webinar January 16
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Jan 13, 2014

Libraries and Museums are encouraged to apply for the program, which has a deadline of February 10th.​ Read More

 
Call for Applications: 2014 Native American Library Services Basic and Enhancement Grants

Dec 16, 2013

The deadline for Native American Library Services Basic Grants and Enhancement Grants is March 3, 2014.​ Read More

 
Webinar on Immigration Resources for Public Librarians Is Postponed

Dec 11, 2013

Tomorrow’s Immigration and Naturalization 101 webinar will take place at a later date. Read More

 
Dartmouth College’s Mary Flanagan and Collections Trust’s Nick Poole To Keynote WebWise 2014
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Nov 27, 2013

Registration is now open for the Institute of Museum and Library Services’s 2014 WebWise conference, which will take place February 10-12 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace in Baltimore, MD Read More

 
New Federal Webinar Series Explores Immigration Resources for Public Librarians

Nov 20, 2013

Join IMLS and USCIS for a free webinar, Immigration and Naturalization 101, December 12th, 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST Read More

 
Call for Applications: FY 2014 Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

Nov 15, 2013

IMLS is accepting applications for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries. The application deadline is February 3, 2014. Read More

 
IMLS Announces Effort to Strengthen State Museum Associations
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Nov 08, 2013

Association leaders to convene March 28 and 29 in Bentonville, Arkansas. Read More

 
Reissued with Corrections: National Museum and Library Services Board to Meet on November 15 in Birmingham

Oct 31, 2013

The Birmingham Public Library will host the 28th meeting of the National Museum and Library Services Board. Read More

 
Call for Applications: 2014 National Leadership Grants for Libraries

Oct 31, 2013

IMLS is accepting applications for National Leadership Grants for Libraries. The application deadline is February 3, 2014. Read More

 
National Museum and Library Services Board to Meet on November 15 in Birmingham

Oct 30, 2013

The Birmingham Public Library will host the 28th meeting of the National Museum and Library Services Board. Members of the public are invited to attend. Read More

 
IMLS Provides $4.3 Million for Early Learning Projects
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Oct 29, 2013

Museums and Libraries will address school readiness and summer reading loss with grants from IMLS. Read More

 
Webinars for Prospective Applicants Rescheduled; National Medal for Museum and Library Service Deadline Extended

Oct 18, 2013

IMLS has rescheduled five live webinars for people considering applying for IMLS grants and extended the deadline for its National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Read More

 
IMLS Provides $487,158 in Grants for Pacific Territories, Freely Associated States, and Hawaii

Sep 26, 2013

IMLS provides support for Pacific Territories, Freely Associated States, and U.S. Virgin Islands through a competitive process. Grants to the region include funding for a project in Honolulu, Hawaii.​ Read More

 
More than $14.6 Million in Federal Grants Awarded to U.S. Libraries

Sep 26, 2013

IMLS announced grants for 63 library projects across the nation through three grant programs, Native American Library Services Enhancement program, the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, and the National Leadership Grants for Libraries . Read More

 
Use of Small and Rural Libraries Grows in the Digital Age
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Sep 25, 2013

More than 77 percent of all public libraries in the United States are small. New IMLS data provide the first federal look at small and rural libraries. Read More

 
Second Annual Class of National Student Poets Appointed to Serve One Year as Literary Ambassadors
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Sep 24, 2013

Class of five high school writers selected by White House Committee for the National Students Poets Program, the nation’s highest honor for youth poets. Read More

 
Learn How Museums and Gardens Can Collaborate with Let’s Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties
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Sep 17, 2013

IMLS will host a free webinar to provide ideas and advice for museums and gardens that wish to collaborate with their local officials in the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Lets Move! initiative. Read More

 
Call for Applications for Five IMLS Museum Grant Programs for FY 2014

Sep 16, 2013

Grant guidelines for IMLS museum grant programs are now available. The application deadline for each of these programs is December 2, 2013. Read More

 
IMLS Awards Nearly $30 Million in Federal Grants to Museums across the U.S.

Sep 12, 2013

Across the country museums are innovating to engage their communities, creating exciting new learning experiences, and caring for their rich collections. IMLS will honor museum grantees at a workshop and ceremony in Washington, D.C., on September 18th. Read More

 
MEDIA ADVISORY: Event to Recognize Museum Recipients of Nearly $30 Million in IMLS Grants

Sep 12, 2013

A September 18th workshop and ceremony on Capitol Hill will highlight federal funding for hundreds of museum projects across the nation. Read More

 
IMLS Announces Grants of $25 Million for U.S. Museums

Sep 06, 2013

IMLS grants totaling $25,173,005 will be awarded for 186 museum projects through the nation’s two largest museum grant programs, Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums. Read More

 
IMLS Announces Grant for National Forum on the Role of Public Libraries in Local Open Government

Aug 28, 2013

A $99,713 grant to the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany is designed to lead to a better understanding of how public libraries help citizens engage with local governments. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: 2013 Native Hawaiian Library Services Grants

Aug 27, 2013

IMLS grant awards of $523,000 will provide a range of library services for Native Hawaiians, including culture-based literacy activities, genealogy workshops, and digital literacy training. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: 2013 Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program

Aug 27, 2013

IMLS grants of $899,616 will be awarded for 21 projects that help protect and preserve the cultural heritage of Native Americans and Native Hawaiian through a variety of museum activities. Read More

 
Grant Awards Announcement: 2013 Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

Aug 13, 2013

IMLS announced 11 awards today totaling $1,336,274 for Museum Grants for African American History and Culture. Read More

 
 



UpNext Blog Posts


Blog Post: A Priority to Create More Inclusive Outdoor Experiences, Boosted with IMLS Support

Jul 22, 2014

The Massachusetts Audubon Society created better experiences for visitors with a wide range of vision, hearing, and mobility levels by adding sensory elements to eight ADA trails. Read More

 
Blog Post: Congress Passes Legislation Recognizing Libraries in Workforce Development

Jul 16, 2014

Congress passes sweeping overhaul of nation’s workforce law. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 affirms the role of libraries in assisting the country’s job seekers and employers. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Oklahoma Department of Libraries

Jul 15, 2014

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries is using LSTA funds to facilitate education, workforce development, and health outcomes, and to preserve community heritage. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Maryland Division of Library Development and Services

Jul 14, 2014

The Maryland Division of Library Development and Services is working with community partners to address accessibility, STEM learning, and digital literacy. Read More

 
Blog Post: Surveying the Present
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Jul 11, 2014

Maria Raviele describes how she employs her training as an anthropological archaeologist almost daily as an evaluation officer at IMLS. Read More

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

Jul 09, 2014

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: Food, Glorious Food!
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Jun 30, 2014

This summer the Bellefonte Art Museum will host a number of programs focusing on food, healthy eating, and the culinary arts. Read More

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

Jun 27, 2014

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

 
Blog Post: Libraries and Adult Education Program Team Up on Digital Literacy
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Jun 26, 2014

IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth and OCTAE Acting Assistant Secretary Johan Uvin release joint letter describing partnership. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Nebraska Library Commission

Jun 25, 2014

Federal library funding will strengthen employment assistance, improve access to government information and help people use technology. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS Celebrates Summer Learning Day
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Jun 20, 2014

Libraries and museums across the country offer fun family programs to keep children and teens learning in the summer. Read More

 
Blog Post: Making at the White House Maker Faire
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Jun 18, 2014

First-ever White House Maker Faire brings people together to celebrate technology, tools, and tinkering. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Maine State Library

Jun 17, 2014

Maine State Library officials discussed various partnerships, including some to improve technology access and STEM learning, which were strengthened during the previous LSTA five-year plan and continue as a focus in the new plan. Read More

 
Blog Post: The African American Theater History Project: Bringing Together African American Theater and Cultural History from Libraries Around the Country
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Jun 06, 2014

The project aims to bring digital access to collections that document African American theater. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Wyoming State Library

Jun 03, 2014

The Wyoming State Library is using LSTA funds to address state residents’ needs to bridge physical and digital divides. Read More

 
Blog Post: Civic Hacking 2.0: IMLS Celebrates Civic Hacking
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May 30, 2014

IMLS will provide three datasets for civic hackers to use to help improve communities and the governments that serve them. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS Convening Focuses on the National Digital Platform

May 30, 2014

More than 900 participated in webcast of IMLS Focus, a nationwide conversation about public access to digitized collections. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Florida Division of Library and Information Services

May 28, 2014

The Florida State Library is focusing LSTA funds on expanding broadband access, helping people find jobs, and connecting them to electronic government services. Read More

 
Blog Post: Archaeology and an Interdisciplinary Digital Age
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May 27, 2014

Archaeologists are looking at ways to incorporate digital methods. Read More

 
Blog Post: Reach Higher at Your Museum or Library this Summer
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May 21, 2014

Kids are taking charge of their futures with library and museum programs that spark their ambitions and build skills Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: State Library of Louisiana

May 15, 2014

Continuing literacy, broadband access, and accessibility are among the many issues outlined in the Louisiana State Library’s five-year plan. Read more in this IMLS interview with Louisiana State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. Read More

 
Blog Post: National STEM Video Game Challenge Winners Honored

May 05, 2014

The STEM Video Game Challenge demonstrates the power of video games to inspire learning and to foster a variety of skills ranging from critical thinking to collaboration, problem solving, and systems thinking. IMLS congratulates the 2013 winners. Read More

 
Blog Post: Public Record from IMLS Hearing on Libraries and Broadband Released
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May 05, 2014

The record of our April 17 hearing on Libraries and Broadband is now available on the IMLS web site; you can read the transcript, see the video, and read public comments. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Hawaii State Public Library System

May 02, 2014

Hawaii’s State Librarian Richard Burns talks about how LSTA funds are supporting better internet access across the islands, providing public access to high-quality information resources, and supporting collections management. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Ohio State Library

Apr 29, 2014

Ohio’s State Librarian Beverly Cain and Associate State Librarian for Library Development Missy Lodge highlight how Ohio uses federal funds to support literacy programs for the youngest learners in Ohio, provide free access to Ohio's Web Library which is especially important for many K-12 schools that are losing librarians, and much more. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

Apr 25, 2014

For more than 50 years, funding authorized by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) has served as the backbone of federal support for libraries in America. IMLS interviewed the Arizona state librarian about how they use federal funds and how the needs of library users in the state are changing.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Community Members in 30 Cities and Towns Share Their Stories on IMLS Facebook Page
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Apr 22, 2014

Read first-hand accounts of how libraries and museums are changing lives. Read More

 
Blog Post: Children Who Visit Museums Have Higher Achievement in Reading, Math, and Science
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Apr 21, 2014

IMLS Senior Statistician Deanne W. Swan highlights findings that show the educational benefits of museum visits for kindergarten children. Read More

 
Blog Post: NTIA Releases 3 Case Studies Examining Impact of Broadband Grants Program on Connecting Libraries
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Apr 21, 2014

Grants from the National Telecommunications & Information Administration to establish public computer centers with broadband in libraries are helping communities turn the corner on economic recovery. Read More

 
Blog Post: New Data: More than 90% of U.S. Public Libraries Have Used E-rate
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Apr 16, 2014

New analysis shows that participation is greater than expected. Read More

 
Blog Post: A National Partnership Supporting Financial Literacy at the Library
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Apr 16, 2014

IMLS and other federal agencies and library organizations are partnering with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to help libraries connect their customers to financial information, resources, and community experts. Read More

 
Blog Post: Libraries and Museums Can Help Feed Children This Summer
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Apr 11, 2014

Two webinars describe how museums and libraries can get involved in the USDA Summer Food Service Program. Read More

 
Blog Post: What Good is a Gig?
Maggie discovers 3D printing at the Chattanooga Public Library.

Apr 08, 2014

Partially funded by IMLS, the Inclusive Gigabit Libraries project shares case studies on libraries that are getting gigabit-speed internet connections. Read More

 
Blog Post: Digital Sensory Storytime Helps Autistic Children
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Apr 08, 2014

The Oakstone Academy is successfully demonstrating the effectiveness of interactive eBooks with autistic students. Read More

 
Blog Post: Museums United: A Convening of State Museum Associations
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Apr 07, 2014

Over 100 museum professionals met to explore the “state of state museum associations” during a two-and-a-half-day retreat at the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art. Read More

 
Blog Post: Celebrating National Poetry Month with the National Student Poets!
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The National Student Poets will be participating in events across the country during National Poetry Month. Read More

 
Blog Post: A Place for Literacy Volunteerism at the Library and Museum

Apr 02, 2014

Director Hildreth recognizes volunteer efforts in museums and libraries in honor of National Volunteer Week. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Georgia Public Library Service

Apr 01, 2014

For more than 50 years, funding authorized by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) has served as the backbone of federal support for libraries in America. IMLS interviewed the Georgia state librarian about how they use federal funds and how the needs of library users in the state are changing.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Training for Librarians in Florida Tackles Autism Spectrum Disorder
A librarian helps an autistic teenager at the library.

Mar 27, 2014

Project PALS (Panhandle Autism Library Service) is reaching out to librarians to effectively serve autistic children and adults. Read More

 
Blog Post: Pioneer Sunday at UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures
ITC docents present interpretations of historic agriculture in Texas.

Mar 26, 2014

During a spring break program, San Antonio residents participated in family activities that stimulated exploration in home gardening, organic farming, and nutrition at the Institute of Texan Cultures.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Letting the Sun Shine In: How Open Data Furthers Open Government

Mar 21, 2014

Open government and transparency are essential to ensuring the success of IMLS’s mission. IMLS recently released administrative data of awarded discretionary grants for the years 1996 to 2013. Read More

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

Mar 19, 2014

Director Hildreth asks: Are badges in your future? Read More

 
Blog Post: NTIA Brings Broadband Opportunities to Alaska
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Mar 14, 2014

The Alaska State Library worked with the National Telecommunications & Information Administration to establish public computer centers at 97 public libraries across the state, and provide online technology training. Read More

 
Blog Post: Libraries Helping Communities Imagine the Possible

Mar 07, 2014

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: Representative Rush Holt (NJ) Teleconference Addresses Health Resources Demand at Libraries

Mar 07, 2014

In a recent teleconference, Director Hildreth joined Representative Rush Holt (NJ) with the goal of helping New Jersey library users navigate the wide range of health information available. Read More

 
Blog Post: How to Boost Your Creativity

Mar 05, 2014

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

 
Blog Post: Connected Communities in an Age of Digital Learning
A job and career center equipped with computers Hartford Public Library.

Mar 04, 2014

IMLS Director Susan Hildreth invites library participation in broadband policy discussions. Read More

 
Blog Post: Anchoring Communities at WebWise 2014
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Feb 25, 2014

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

 
Blog Post: A Year of Action

Feb 20, 2014

Director Hildreth reflects on the President’s State of the Union Address Read More

 
Blog Post: Tackling the Climate Change Conversation: Community of Practice Starts with IMLS Grant
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Feb 20, 2014

What started out as an IMLS-funded working group of aquarium professionals has fostered new collaborations and project proposals across the country. Read More

 
Blog Post: Amplifying Kids Voices at Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh
Elementary school children in Pittsburgh, PA record their stories about food security and nutrition as part of Hear Me. Photo courtesy of Hear Me

Feb 19, 2014

Visitors to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will get to hear firsthand the importance of good nutrition and food security from local children. Read More

 
Blog Post: Promising Developments in Accessible Publishing
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Feb 14, 2014

We are encouraged to see new developments in inclusive publishing for individuals who are blind or otherwise print disabled. Read More

 
Blog Post: At the Washington Celebration of National Digital Learning Day
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Feb 06, 2014

IMLS’s Mary Alice Ball provides an update on the 2014 National Digital Learning Day. Read More

 
Blog Post: Thank you Chairman Wheeler!

Feb 05, 2014

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: Staying Active at The National Museum of Play

Jan 30, 2014

The National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY, is keeping kids active and healthy during the winter months.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: New York State Library

Jan 30, 2014

For more than 50 years, the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) has been the backbone of federal support for libraries in America. IMLS interviewed the New York state librarian about how New York uses federal funds and how the needs of library users in the state are changing. Read More

 
Blog Post: Share What You Know About Adult Literacy: Libraries Invited to Provide Input

Jan 23, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education is developing a national action plan to explore ways to improve the skills of adults in the United States. As important community learning spaces, libraries are encouraged to contribute and get involved. Read More

 
Blog Post: WiseCamp at WebWise 2014

Jan 23, 2014

This year WebWise will be revisiting an “unconference” format where the content of the conference is decided by the participants. Read More

 
Blog Post: WebWise to Feature Makerspaces in Libraries and Museums
Attendees at WebWise 2013 participate in a “maker space” workshop.

Jan 22, 2014

This year’s WebWise conference will highlight projects that draw attention to museums' and libraries’ participation in the maker movement. Read More

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

Jan 17, 2014

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

 
Blog Post: Thanks for a Great Year!
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Jan 16, 2014

The IMLS 2013 Annual Report looks back at an exciting year with significant achievements enriching the educational, cultural and civic life of our nation. Read More

 
Blog Post: Announcing WebWise Now

Jan 15, 2014

A new publication to create a sustained resource for the WebWise community has launched. WebWise Now is an experimental, edited publication that aggregates informally published resources from the open web that have been written by and for gallery, library, archive, and museum professionals about digitally-inflected projects. Read More

 
Blog Post: Nick Poole and Mary Flanagan to Deliver WebWise Keynote Addresses
Headshot of Nick Poole, CEO Collections Trust

Jan 14, 2014

WebWise 2014 will feature two keynote addresses from leaders in the field whose digital work has made a significant impact on the future of digital collections, management, and sustainability. Read More

 
Blog Post: Interview: Tennessee State Library and Archives

Jan 13, 2014

For more than 50 years, funding authorized by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) has served as the backbone of federal support for libraries in America. IMLS interviewed the Tennessee state librarian about how they use federal funds and how the needs of library users in the state are changing.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action

Jan 10, 2014

A new report funded by IMLS looks at how libraries can provide 21st century skills and workforce development to the 21st century teen. Read More

 
Blog Post: Innovative Programming: Wee Read West at Charlotte Mecklenburg
A child hugging the Cat in the Hat

Jan 08, 2014

An early learning program of the North Carolina State Library, funded by an IMLS National Leadership Grant, is helping children from birth to 5 years old read at grade-level. Read More

 
Blog Post: WebWise Workshops Announced

Jan 07, 2014

Eleven workshops were selected for the WebWise 2014 conference based on votes by conference participants.​ Read More

 
Blog Post: What is the Library of the Future?

Dec 17, 2013

“How Americans Value Public Libraries in their Communities,” a study by the Pew Internet in American Life Project, can spark new thinking about libraries’ importance. Read More

 
Blog Post: Crowd-sourcing Workshops for WebWise 2014
Screen capture of the WebWise IdeaScale website.

Dec 09, 2013

We invite registrants to WebWise 2014 to submit ideas for and vote on the workshop offerings they would like using IdeaScale. Read More

 
Blog Post: Growing an Early Literacy Initiative in Wisconsin
A  young girl with alphabet magnets


A new public library initiative in Wisconsin aims to support caregivers of young children with information about early literacy. Read More

 
Blog Post: Film Forward: Furthering Cultural Understanding
Film Forward staff and federal partners after a panel discussion.

Dec 03, 2013

To kick off the 2014 Film Forward season, the Sundance Institute hosted filmmakers and federal partners to engage in conversations around the films that showcase the universal themes of communities in conflict, overcoming adversity, and the transformative power of art. Read More

 
Blog Post: State Library Guidebook: Support for Digital Literacy in Public Libraries
Cover of State Library Guidebook

Dec 02, 2013

A new digital literacy guidebook will help state libraries explore potential state-level investments and partnerships that advance digital literacy. Read More

 
Blog Post: What’s so Rural ‘bout Rural Libraries, Anyway?
Map showing rural, town, suburban and city locales in the United States. FY 2012

Nov 27, 2013

IMLS Statistician Justin Grimes explores what it means to live in a rural area and the impact that public libraries can play make in rural communities. Read More

 
Blog Post: Bringing Oral Histories to Life at the National WWII Museum
WWII Survivor being interviewed.

Nov 26, 2013

With help from an IMLS grant, the National WWII Museum was able to provide better access to their oral history collection online for researchers and students of all ages. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS and Partners Present Financial Education and Citizenship Webinars


IMLS is partnering with CFPB and USCIS to create new resources and tools for public libraries. Two webinars will be presented in December. Read More

 
Blog Post: National Museum and Library Services Board Explores Makers Movement
A member of the Chicago Public Library staff shows a patron what can be done with a 3D printer in their Maker Lab.

Nov 20, 2013

Collaborative Community Maker Labs are emerging in libraries and museums. Read More

 
Blog Post: The Dividends of Digitization Investments—A Reflection


The IMLS-funded report “Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections” addresses how to digitize special collections and develop successful strategies to make sure those collections remain accessible and relevant over time. Read More

 
Blog Post: New Financial Education Webinar for Libraries
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Logo

Nov 19, 2013

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and IMLS invite public libraries to join us for a webinar Wednesday, December 4 from 3:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. ET. Read More

 
Blog Post: Autumn in New York with the National Student Poets
The National Student Poets pose in Central Park.

Nov 19, 2013

The National Student Poets reflect on their recent trip to New York City and attending the Academy of American Poets’ Poets Forum. Read More

 
Blog Post: Hang Out, Mess Around, and Geek Out at the UA GeoTech Lab
iPads in the Univeristy of Alabama's GeoTech Lab.

Nov 15, 2013

The new learning lab at the Alabama Museum of Natural History gives teens access to technology they might not be able to use at home or in their schools. These gadgets will allow hands-on experimentation, collaboration, and tinkering in areas of personal interest. Read More

 
Blog Post: Children’s Museum of Manhattan Launches Early Childhood Health Curriculum Approved by the National Institutes of Health
Children from CMOM's pilot program in the South Bronx, New York City

Nov 12, 2013

Director Hildreth joined Let’s Move! Executive Director Sam Kass at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) for the launch of EatPlayGrow™, a new early childhood educational curriculum designed to keep children healthy. Read More

 
Blog Post: Career Resources for Young People
Graphic of  a person asking career-oriented questions.

Nov 04, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (DOL/ETA) provides resources that help teens and young adults explore careers, identify education options, and search for jobs. Read More

 
Blog Post: Befriending Poetry
The National Student Poets pose for a photo with the program's partners.

Nov 01, 2013

The National Student Poets were in New York City last week to attend a whirlwind of poetry-related events, including the Academy of American Poets’ Poets Forum. Read More

 
Blog Post: Bringing NASA Science Directly to Your Museum and Library
Space Place Sample Display

Oct 28, 2013

Learn how you can receive NASA educational materials to display publicly in your museum or library. Read More

 
Blog Post: Linking the Library to the Community

Oct 22, 2013

Waukegan Public Library Executive Director Richard Lee and Community Member Diana Alvey talk about how the Promotoras Ambassador program helps connect the growing Latino community in Waukegan, IL to the library. Read More

 
Blog Post: Museums Encourage Kids to Get Active at Worldwide Day of Play Events
Banners at the WordWide Day of Play

Sep 27, 2013

At Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play flagship event, Let’s Move! Museums partnered with the Association of Children’ s Museums and Imagination Playground to promote physical activity. Local events were also hosted in museums across the country. Read More

 
Blog Post: Millions of Moments of Discovery: US2020 Launches City Competition
Boy doing a science project.

Sep 27, 2013

The US2020 City Competition capitalizes on the role of cities as centers for innovation by supporting efforts to build local STEM mentoring capacity for underserved youth. Museums and libraries are eligible to apply. Read More

 
Blog Post: Meet the 2013 National Student Poets
2013 NSPP FLOTUS

Sep 26, 2013

Welcome 2013 National Student Poets Read More

 
Blog Post: Nominate an Afterschool Program for a Chance to Win $10,000
Children receiving a giant check from the MetLife Awards

Sep 26, 2013

The Afterschool Alliance in partnership with MetLife Foundation will award $10,000 to five afterschool programs that demonstrate excellence in serving middle school students. Nominate a museum or library program by October 14, 2013. Read More

 
Blog Post: Federal Student Aid Made Easy

Sep 24, 2013

Many libraries have become the go-to place in their communities for help with government forms. Here are ways librarians can help students with their FAFSA forms. Read More

 
Blog Post: In Brooklyn, Building and Strengthening Community Through Listening
Paper handouts from the Building Strong Communities Network.

Sep 23, 2013

The Heart of Brooklyn Building Strong Community Networks project team hosted a community listening event to discuss serving children and adults with developmental or learning disabilities. Read More

 
Blog Post: Chipping Away at It
Adze in hand

Sep 20, 2013

With a Native American Library Enhancement grant from IMLS, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library created an online display of their public collections, including photos, documents, audio, and artifacts. Read More

 
Blog Post: If Not for the Library
Photo of Sue Considine

Sep 11, 2013

Sue Considine was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. As the Executive Director of the Fayetteville Free Library, she has worked to redefine the role of a librarian by creating opportunities for staff to lead at all levels. Read More

 
Blog Post: One Size Does Not Fit All

Sep 10, 2013

Library Director Robert Karatsu and Community Member Christine DeVries talk about how the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library serves the many diverse members of its community. Read More

 
Blog Post: See Civil War Uniforms in the Conservation Process in a Live Webcast
The frock coat of Lt. Col. Thomas Ruffin

Sep 09, 2013

During a live webcast from the North Carolina Museum of History, you can get a behind the scenes look at their textile conservation lab and see how they conserve Civil War uniforms. Read More

 
Blog Post: Saving Video Games at the Strong
Man playing a video game on a computer

Sep 06, 2013

With the challenges of ever-changing technology, a grant from IMLS is helping the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at the Strong preserve video games. Read More

 
Blog Post: Our Moving is Our Learning: The Power of Kinesthetic Learning and Programming in Children’s Museums
Children practicing yoga in a museum.

Sep 05, 2013

Programming at the Miami Children’s Museum provides children with learning experiences that encourages movement and an active lifestyle. Read More

 
Blog Post: Library Programs Tailored for a Tribal Community
Photo of Sandy Tharp-Thee, Champions of Change

Sep 04, 2013

Sandy Tharp-Thee was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. With Tharp-Thee as Library Director of the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, the library evolved from an organization with no budget and no viable programs to a well-funded organization that is considered an “essential service.” Read More

 
Blog Post: Learning Something New

Sep 03, 2013

The Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director Kimber Fender and Community Member Amina Tuki talk about how at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County you can learn something new at any age. Read More

 
Blog Post: Engaging with Elephants: The Ultimate Undergrad Research Experience
Elephants in the African elephant enclosure at the Memphis Zoo.

Aug 29, 2013

Research students at the Memphis Zoo designed a behavioral study to see how the elephants responded to a floor change in the African elephant enclosure. Read More

 
Blog Post: Passion to Learn
Photo of Leslie Bushara

Aug 28, 2013

Leslie Bushara was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. At the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Bushara led the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Museum’s educational programming and curricula, which have shown lasting impact city-, state- and nationwide. Read More

 
Blog Post: Creating a Community Where Knowledge Grows

Aug 27, 2013

Pierce County Library System Executive Director Neel Parikh and Community Member Jo Cruz talk about how the library has become a leader in early learning by helping parents and caregivers understand early literacy. Read More

 
Blog Post: Kindergarteners’ Visitation to Libraries and Museums
Graph with statistics from Department of Education early learning report

Aug 23, 2013

IMLS analyst Deanne Swan looks at a Department of Education study to learn about children who are benefitting from visits to museums and libraries, and those who are not. Read More

 
Blog Post: Empowering New Americans
Headshot of Jennifer Manley

Aug 21, 2013

Jennifer Manley was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. Manley is part of the leadership team for the Queens Borough Public Library, one of the busiest in the nation where thousands of immigrants learn English, learn about citizenship, and become full participants in democratic society. Read More

 
Blog Post: Emerging from the Flood

Aug 20, 2013

National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library President and CEO Gail Naugton and Community Member Bob Schaffer explain how the museum and the Czech Village worked together to revitalize the cultural community of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Read More

 
Blog Post: A Vision for the Public Library of the Future

Aug 15, 2013

Director Hildreth participated in the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries, engaging with other library leaders to discuss new ways of thinking about the mission and role of public libraries in their communities. Read More

 
Blog Post: Unlocking Opportunities with Digital Literacy
Jamie Hollier Headshot

Aug 14, 2013

Jamie Hollier was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. Hollier serves as the project manager for DigitalLearn.org, an online hub for those who teach and support digital learners through a community of practice and a collection of training resources. Read More

 
Blog Post: Mentoring the Immigrant Community

Aug 13, 2013

Marshalltown Public Library Director Sarah Rosenblum and community member Veronica Guevara describe how the Marshalltown Public Library adapts to serve the changing demographics of the community and provide resources for new immigrants. Read More

 
Blog Post: Active Teens Work and Learn in the Garden
Kids working in the Community Kitchen Garden.

Aug 12, 2013

During the summer teens come to the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden to learn about plants, growing vegetables, and teamwork, while doing important work that benefits the community. Read More

 
Blog Post: Tackling Digital Citizenship

Aug 07, 2013

Homa Naficy was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. At the Hartford Public Library she designed and directs The American Place (TAP), program for Hartford’s immigrants and refugees. TAP has become a magnet for new arrivals seeking immigration information, resources for learning English, and preparing for United States citizenship. Read More

 
Blog Post: Nurturing an Interest in Science

Aug 06, 2013

Discovery Science Center President Joe Adams and Community Member Kate Upton describe how the science center captures visitors’ interest in science. Read More

 
Blog Post: Growing Healthy Snacks
Students learn about healthy food choices at the Powell Gardens' Good to Grow program.


At the Powell Gardens, Kansas City's Botanical Gardens, students learn how to make smart food choices while experiencing the benefits of "green" exercise. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum – Thanks for Sharing for Your Stories!
Grant recipients of the African American History and Culture program met at the Sumner School in Washington, DC, June 5 and 6, 2013.

Aug 01, 2013

Over the past six months we've featured dozens of stories about the great work being done with IMLS funding by museum professionals at African American museums and HBCUs across the country. Read More

 
Blog Post: Giving Children a Foundation for Learning
Photo of Harriet Henderson Coalter

Jul 31, 2013

Harriet Henderson Coalter was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. Coalter is the director of Richmond Public Library and has embraced working outside the walls of the library in order to reach more children and parents and work toward school readiness. Read More

 
Blog Post: Finding Room for the Blues

Jul 30, 2013

Delta Blues Museum Executive Director Shelly Ritter and Community Member Travis Calvin talk about the uniquely American art form of the Blues and how the Arts Education program keeps kids engaged. Read More

 
Blog Post: Professor Wellbody Teaches Good Health to Pacific Science Center Visitors

Jul 29, 2013

Pacific Science Center’s exhibit, Professor Wellbody’s Academy of Health & Wellness, showcases how our daily personal choices can positively affect our health and well-being for years to come. Read More

 
Blog Post: From Graphic Novels to Traveling Pop Up Exhibits: New Directions in Public Outreach

Jul 26, 2013

Indiana Historical Society’s Tamara Hemmerlein recaps her ALA presentation about building public support for heritage preservation. Read More

 
Blog Post: Got libraries? A site visit to America’s Dairyland

Jul 25, 2013

For IMLS State Programs, summer is known as the high season for site visits. Program Specialist Teresa DeVoe and her colleague Timothy Owens visited Wisconsin to learn how federal funding for Wisconsin public libraries benefits residents there. Read More

 
Blog Post: Diversity-Centered Programming Enhances Cultural Understanding
Gloria Tibbs

Jul 24, 2013

Gloria Tibbs was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership and commitment to libraries and museums around the United States. At University of Missouri-Kansas City Tibbs develops programming opportunities to enhance cultural understanding and celebrate diversity. Read More

 
Blog Post: AAHC Forum: Facility Extention Connects Past to Present
An aerial view of the new site.

May 16, 2013

A new wing of the Weeksville Heritage Center will allow for expanded programing while connecting to a permanent exhibit in the original structure. Read More

 
Blog Post: Children’s Services at Public Libraries: A Port in the Storm
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Nov 10, 2011

In a recent analysis of utilization of children’s services at public libraries in the top 100 metropolitan areas, IMLS found that attendance at programs and circulation of children’s materials were lowest in areas with the highest levels of child poverty and children of immigrant parents. Read More

 
 



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