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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
The Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum , which opened in June 2015, features “Real Tools,” a makerspace area stocked with wood and carpentry tools, as well as recyclables, tape, fabric, and other non-carpentry materials. Over the past year, the museum has watched how visitors use the space, and wondered – how can a space like this best achieve our goal of helping visitors become explorers and creators of the world?Read more
Monday, June 20, 2016
Maker Jawn Initiative at the Free Library of Philadelphia, has its roots in youth empowerment and engagement and has evolved organically since 2011 through various grants and programs offered by the Free Library. Maker programming offers a safe space for students to come after school to explore, tinker, and learn. What began in one library has grown to six library locations in North Philadelphia.Read more
Friday, June 17, 2016
Today kicks off the second National Week of Making , a time when community-based organizations, including libraries and museums, will host events and celebrations to highlight the inventors, hackers, designers, engineers, artists and DIYers that make up this ever-growing community.Read more
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
In early May 2016, the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum reached the milestone of 100,000 catalogued lots in its mollusk (mostly “dry shells”) collection. This high-priority, IMLS-funded cataloguing project, which includes web dissemination of a searchable version of the catalogue, has been funded by two “Museums for America” grants, both in the Collections Stewardship category.Read more
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
IMLS recently announced the recipients of National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-L) from our fall 2015 application deadline, and over the past few weeks, our colleagues Trevor Owens and Emily Reynolds have highlighted projects aligned with the agency’s National Digital Platform funding priority in a four-part blog series. Switching gear slightly, we wanted to spotlight our new grantees whose projects respond to our Learning in Libraries priority.Read more
Friday, May 6, 2016
This is the fourth post in a four-part series highlighting recent awards made by the Office of Library Services in the National Digital Platform priority area , through the National Leadership Grants for Libraries program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program. To learn more about each project, click on their IMLS log number for links to components of their grant application.Read more
Thursday, May 5, 2016
This is the third post in a four-part series highlighting recent awards made by the Office of Library Services in the National Digital Platform priority area , through the National Leadership Grants for Libraries program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program. To learn more about each project, click on their IMLS log number for links to components of their grant application.Read more
Monday, May 2, 2016
"...turn off that TV, just have fun with your kids." Queens’s resident Myrna Tinoco (L) tells Delia Meza (R), a youth educator at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), about why she became an NYSCI member, and how invaluable it's been for her kids, particularly for her son with autism.Read more
Monday, May 2, 2016
"My dad took me to my first coding class when I was 10. I realized I was the only girl there, and I walked out..." Sixteen year-old Mallika Yeleswarapu, an intern at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA, talks to museum educator Lauren Cage about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for girls and women and the need for more female role models in science. Mallika asks the first question.Read more
Friday, April 29, 2016
This year, we were excited to see a critical mass of proposals for projects to increase digital skills of librarians and archivists under the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program (LB21). These proposals serve to round out our investments in National Digital Platform tools and infrastructure by ensuring that the library workforce will be prepared to adopt, use, and build upon these systems. They reach audiences nationwide, including current LIS students, recent graduates, and experienced professionals.Read more

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