Programming & Exhibitions

Promoting cultural and community programming as an essential part of library service.

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The place for library workers to share, learn and be inspired to present excellent programming.

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Learn about current grant and exhibit opportunities available from ALA's Public Programs Office.

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Brush up on skills and get new program ideas with free webinars from ALA's Public Programs Office.

Programs & Resources

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A library exhibition traveling to 100 U.S. libraries

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Grants and resources to help support digital access in rural communities

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An exhibition on human evolution traveling to six U.S. libraries

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Grants and reading group resources for underserved youth

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Grants and resources on the reading and book discussion program model

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Tools, resources and support for librarians to engage with their communities

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Annual grant to support innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries

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Resources to teach media literacy in the library

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Annual grant to support meaningful library programs

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ANNUAL AWARD FOR K-12 SCHOOL LIBRARY PROGRAMS

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Grants and resources for kids financial literacy topics

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A traveling exhibit on human migration traveling to 15 U.S. libraries

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See past programs and exhibitions from the Public Programs Office

Latest Programming & Exhibition News

Tom C. Clark High School Awarded ALA’s 2024 Jaffarian Award for Freedom Walk Program

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CHICAGO — The Ƶ (ALA) has awarded its 2024 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award to Tom C. Clark High School in San...

Hoboken (NJ) Public Library and Independence (KS) Public Library Awarded ALA’s Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant

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The Ƶ (ALA) has awarded its fifth Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant to the Hoboken (NJ) Public Library and the Independence (KS) Public...

Three Libraries Awarded ALA’s 2024 Peggy Barber Tribute Grant for Exceptional Civic Education Programs

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The Ƶ (ALA) has awarded its 2024 Peggy Barber Tribute Grant, a programming grant named after the transformative Ƶleader, to the Library...

ƵReleases Free Library Programming Guide, Resources to Help Adult Patrons Understand the Unseen Aspects of the Internet

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The new free guide from the Ƶ (ALA), developed with a team of national advisors, will help library workers assist adults in understanding...

50 public and academic libraries selected to host extended traveling exhibition from Ƶand the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Ƶ (ALA) have announced 50 libraries that will host "Americans and the Holocaust", a traveling...

PPO Year in Review

2023 Year In Review

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The Ƶ Public Programs Office empowers libraries to create vibrant hubs of learning, conversation and connection in communities of all types. At any given time, multiple PPO-supported projects are underway in libraries across the United States.

In 2023, PPO distributed 685 grants totaling $3,544,000, reaching 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands.

About the Public Programs Office

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Through professional development activities, programming resources, model programs and grant opportunities, the Public Programs Office supports libraries as they fill their role as community cultural center, a place of cultural and civic engagement, where people of all backgrounds gather for reflection, discovery, participation and growth.

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Support The Cultural Communities Fund

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Created by the Ƶ’s Public Programs Office in 2004 with a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the endowment has since grown to $3.2 million. Cultural Communities Fund (CCF) supports excellence and innovation in community-focused library programming through grants, awards, and professional development.

Please join our network of CCF supporters — including more than 500 library professionals, foundations and corporations. You can designate your gift to support a specific grant or award (listed below) or you can give an unrestricted gift, and we will use your donation where it is needed most.