• All American Boys authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely at an author tour event in 2016. (Photo Credit: Phylicia Ghee Photography).
    Book Clubs and Author Tours Unite Marylanders

    Book clubs are timeless traditions that unite individuals through reading. One Maryland One Book explores what happens in communities when everyone reads one book at the same time.

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    Hurricane Recovery Resources for Museums and Libraries

    Libraries, museums, and affiliated organizations care for collections that connect us to history, art, science, our communities, and more. Find help for institutions sustaining damaging effects of natural disasters or other emergencies...

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    Public Libraries Offered 4.5 Million Programs Across U.S.

    Announcing the newest data and survey report from the annual IMLS census of America’s public libraries which examine key indicators of public library use, financial health, staffing, and resources.

  • Institute of Museum and Library Services Director, Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew Speaking at Ceremony
    Outstanding Institutions Honored with Nation’s Highest Award

    IMLS awarded the National Medal to ten museums and libraries at a July 17 ceremony in Washington D.C.

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IMLS Extends Deadline on Grant Applications for Libraries Affected by Hurricane Harvey

All of us at IMLS know how vital libraries and museums can be for members of their communities during natural disasters. The full extent of the damage is yet to be determined, but we extend our thoughts and wishes for the safety of the staff, organizations, and all those affected.

IMLS is extending deadlines for two library grant programs from September 1 to September 22 to provide an additional three weeks for institutions in areas affected by now Tropical Storm Harvey. Read more

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The Grants to States program is the largest source of federal funding support for library services in the U.S. Using a population based formula, more than $150 million is distributed among the State Library Administrative Agencies every year.

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Institute of Museum and Library Services Director, Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew.

Outstanding Libraries and Museums Honored with Nation’s Highest Award

IMLS awarded the National Medal to ten museums and libraries at a July 17 ceremony in Washington.

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Six recipients received grants through the competitive library grant program.
IMLS announces reports and events that explore approaches for building digital capacity of libraries and museums.
IMLS is now accepting applications for two museum grant programs: the African American History and Culture and the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services.

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