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Blog Posts from April 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015
By Kristen Setzler Simensen Director, Calhoun County Library St. Matthews, SC In July 2013, I had a conversation with Newbery Award-winning author Kwame Alexander by phone. Kwame, author of the children’s book, Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band, is well known for his Book in a Day program . If...Read more
Friday, April 24, 2015
By Trevor Owens Senior Library Program Officer, IMLS We recently announced the first series of awards addressing the national digital platform priority in the National Leadership Grants for Libraries program. This is both a strategic priority for the agency and part of a new proposal process. You...Read more
Friday, April 24, 2015
By Maura Marx Acting Director, IMLS Last week, I had the great pleasure of attending a White House event celebrating National Poetry Month. Both President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama delivered remarks and their old friend, poet Elizabeth Alexander, read from her new book before a gathering...Read more
Thursday, April 23, 2015
By Shane Rhinewald Director of Public Relations, The Strong National Museum of Play The Strong museum in Rochester, New York, hosted Fit Kids Day in March, providing children and their families with innovative opportunities to experience the joy of physical activity, learn about healthy eating, and...Read more
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Ed. Note: This blog was originally posted on the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement blog . To view the original post, click here . By Ellen Lettvin Robert Noyce Senior Fellow, Office Innovation and Improvement.Engagement, Creativity and Inspiration Found in New...Read more
Friday, April 17, 2015
Each year, select museums and libraries with outstanding records of community service receive the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries. IMLS signed a cooperative agreement with StoryCorps, a...Read more
Thursday, April 16, 2015
By David McKenzie Digital Projects Manager Ford’s Theatre One hundred and fifty years ago this week, the renowned actor John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln as the president watched the comedy Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. The assassination, the...Read more
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
By The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum In January 2015, preschoolers and their grown-ups grabbed colorful yoga mats and circled up at The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum for the inaugural session of The Art of Yoga . A seven-week series, this creative movement class was inspired...Read more
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
By Trevor Owens Senior Library Program Officer, IMLS On April 28, a group of experts in digital library issues will convene at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. to provide insights into key issues to inform national digital platform priority of IMLS . In an effort to...Read more
Monday, April 13, 2015
By Sarah Lutman Lutman & Associates During 2014, I spent time with museums, libraries, symphony orchestras, ballet companies, and other legacy cultural institutions to learn about their investments in digital media and to understand the impact these investments are having on programming,...Read more

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