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November 25, 2014

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White House Declares June 18 “National Day of Making” and Launches Maker Initiatives for Libraries

President Barack Obama looks at Lindsay Lawlor’s 17-foot-tall, 2,200-lb robotic giraffe on the South Lawn of the White House during the first White House Maker Faire, June 18, 2014. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

On June 18, the White House hosted its very first Maker Faire, where the Institute of Museum and Library Services and LEGO Systems announced STEM and STEAM initiatives for libraries across the country.

Dollars Invested in Teen Library Services Pay Off

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According to a 2011 Pew report, 72 percent of 16-17-year-olds used the public library in the previous year. This new report from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will provide the fuel teen librarians need to convince library stakeholders that dollars invested in teens are well spent.

Providence (RI) Community Library Launches New Early Learning Program

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In the coming weeks, staffers at Rhode Island’s Providence Community Library (PCL) are seeking to sign up hundreds of families for its new Ready for K! school readiness program, which aims to narrow the achievement gap for poor children.

IMLS Grants $4.3 Million for School Readiness, Summer Reading Programs

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced that it is awarding $4,329,567 in grants to 20 museums and libraries in 17 communities in order to support the emerging role of these institutions in providing early learning opportunities, especially for low-income families.

Take the Follett Challenge; Future of Libraries Center; Día Mini-Grants | News Bites

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Enter the Follett Challenge for a chance to receive up to $60,000. The American Library Association received a grant to establish a Center for the Future of Libraries. Apply for a Día Family Book Club Mini-Grant.

Howard County (MD) Libraries to Expand HiTech Initiative with $267,500 IMLS Grant

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Maryland’s Howard County Library System, 2013 Gale/LJ Library of the Year, will use the $276,500 grant it has received from the Institute of Library & Museum Services (IMLS) to expand its HiTech program. The program is a STEM education initiative for teens that provides project-based classes in such skill areas as computer programming, 3-D animation, green energy, nanotechnology, music/video production, ebooks, game app design, cybersecurity, and robotics.

IMLS Awards More than $14.6 Million in Federal Grants to U.S. Libraries

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced grants for 42 library projects totaling $14,670,66. Recipients in 27 states and the District of Columbia received funding, including the American Library Association, which will research the efficacy of early literacy programs; Westport (CT) Library, which hopes to create a new model for maker spaces; and the Chicago Board of Education, which plans to improve school librarians’ use of mobile technologies.

IMLS Awards Grant to Preserve Video Games

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded the International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) a grant in order to help preserve and curate a significant portion of its collection of approximately 50,000 video games and related artifacts, one of the world’s most extensive public collections.

IMLS Says Libraries Key to Early Learning

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading today unveiled a new report on the role of museums and libraries in early learning, and issued a call to action for policymakers, schools, funders, and parents to include these institutions in comprehensive early learning strategies.

Pictures of the Week: White House Honors Matthew C. Winner, “Champion of Change”

The White House honored 12 museum and library “Champions of Change” who are making a difference “for their neighborhoods and for our nation” in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., including Library Journal Mover & Shaker Matthew C. Winner https://twitter.com/MatthewWinner, pictured here with his wife, Aimee Winner.

On June 11, The White House honored 12 museum and library “Champions of Change” who are making a difference “for their neighborhoods and for our nation” in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., including 2013 Mover & Shaker Matthew C. Winner, pictured here with his wife, Aimee Winner.