The Bozeman Public Library is at the center of one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. Though it is a city library, it has an inter-local agreement with Gallatin County to provide its services to a population of almost 50,000 residents. More than 1,200 people with diverse interests...
The world-class Carnegie Science Center is one of the most visited science centers in the country with an average of 690,000 visitors annually. Located on the North Side of Pittsburgh, bordering on Manchester, in an inner-city neighborhood with an 85 percent minority, middle- to lower-income...
The Free Library of Philadelphia's strategy for community service is to "turn libraries inside out"--extending outreach, recognizing community needs, developing useful and desired programs, forming community partnerships, and making the Free Library collections and services welcome, useful, and...
The year 1995 was a watershed year for the USS Constitution Museum. It was the year the museum decided to augment its 20-year program of on-site interpretation of USS CONSTITUTION to include education programming for a national audience. In its seven-year transformation, the museum became a truly...
The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts serves a 16-county area of West Texas that is geographically large but generally has a small, scattered population. The downtown of San Angelo (population 90,000) has faced serious decline in recent years, and its school district, struggling with extremely limited...
Strategically located throughout the county's 950 mountainous square miles, the four branches of the Pocahontas County Free Libraries are models for providing library service to rural Americans. As centers of activity in their communities, the libraries host groups such as scouts, business...
The Chicago Botanic Garden knows that while young students want to learn about the natural world, many teachers may be insecure about teaching science. This is one reason it has developed extensive programs for teachers, science education initiatives for youth, training and certificate programs in...
In the seven years since COSI Toledo opened, the hands-on science museum has become a close partner with local school systems and other community organizations in bringing the joy of scientific discovery to children of all ages. From college fairs to camp-ins, from one-time experiences to multiyear...
About one-fifth of the U.S. population lives in rural areas, which support diverse populations with rich artistic traditions. The Western Folklife Center is one of relatively few museums focused on rural life. Headquartered in Elko, Nevada, the center serves its widely dispersed local audience with...
The Saint Paul Public Library has never been more valuable to the residents of the Twin City metro area. The library and its Friends group have garnered unprecedented public and private support for new facilities and for targeted outreach to people from all walks of life. In partnership with the...