Accelerate Summer: Public Libraries Evolving Summer Reading Programs to Expand Summer Learning Opportunities

New research by ULC and NSLA will describe how public libraries are evolving their summer reading programs to address broader community learning goals with partner organizations and more hands-on learning programming.

Ten Museums and Libraries Honored with National Medal for Museum and Library Service

On June 1, five museums and five libraries from across the nation received the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service for what First Lady Michelle Obama described as “an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of the people they serve.”

The Open eBooks Initiative: Giving the Power of Reading to Those who Need it Most

Launched earlier this year, the Open eBooks initiative has garnered support and praise for its goal of helping children discover a love for reading through more open access to eBooks.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History Reimagines Storage for Special Vertebrate Paleontology Collections

Gretchen Anderson and her team at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History upgraded storage solutions for some of the museum’s oldest vertebrate paleontology specimens. And she doesn’t want to keep her methods a secret.

Project Spell Delivers Barrier-Free Reading Opportunities to Colorado Library Systems

Since October 2014, Project SPELL has advocated the importance of early literacy in low-income families through unique prototypes set up by eight state libraries. Through these different prototypes, Project SPELL has begun to break down barriers and build new reading traditions in populations throughout Colorado.

Children's Museum of Manhattan Celebrates Global Cultures in America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan explores Muslim cultures across the world and America in its latest exhibition entitled America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far. Employing authentic voices, interactive features, and diverse programming, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey through Muslim traditions and their artistic expression.

Learning Thrives in Plainville Library's Wondrous Kingdom of Why

Funded by a subgrant within IMLS’ Grants to States program, the Plainville Public Library’s Full STEAM Ahead project, the Kingdom of Why, is an arts-driven science education program for children ages three through five. Using interactive storytelling, multi-media projects, and activity stations, the Kingdom of Why program inspires young learners to explore scientific concepts through the magic of fairytales.

New England Aquarium Cultivates Environmental Volunteerism and Leadership

Since 2013, the New England Aquarium’s live blue™ Service Initiative has engaged nearly 1,000 volunteers in dozens of environmental service projects throughout the greater Boston area. With two classes of live blue™ Service Leaders trained in volunteer management, the live blue™ Service Initiative empowers vast volunteer networks to make a positive impact on their local environment.

Mukurtu Software Preserves Indigenous Digital Heritage through Technologies of Today

Envisioned by researchers at Washington State University, Mukurtu, an online content management system geared toward indigenous cultures, has been wildly successful as free, open-source platform for communities around the world to digitize and preserve their heritage in culturally responsive ways.

STEM Learning Provides Inspiration for Detroit Zoo's Tomorrow's Leaders Today Program

The Detroit Zoological Society’s “Tomorrow’s Leaders Today” project engages students and their teachers’ familiarity with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through a series of day-long Zoo experiences.