From the ALA Director 4/4: Public Programs Office (PPO)

Public Programs Office (PPO) 

PPO Announces 25 Sites for Dust Bowl Traveling Exhibition

Twenty-five libraries have been selected to host “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry,”a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)-funded traveling exhibition offered in partnership with the Oklahoma State University and Mount Holyoke College libraries.  The exhibit features a 300-square-foot display and a series of programs, including lectures and film screenings.  The public and academic libraries will present the exhibition and related programs for six weeks each from July 2014 to February 2016. Selected sites can be viewed at


Second Round of “Muslim Journeys” Grants Awarded

The second implementation of the “Let’s Talkabout It: Muslim Journeys”scholar-led reading and discussion program series, is underway.  The grants were open to winners of the previous “Muslim Journeys” grants, which were awarded last year.  Fifteen libraries and three state humanities councils were selected to receive an additional $1,000 to host a second program series on one of the five themes.  Programs will take place between April 1 and December 31, 2014.


Now Accepting Applications for Sara Jaffarian Award

PPO has re-opened applications for the 2014 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award.  The award recognizes K-8 schools, both public and private, that conducted notable humanities programming during the last school year (2012-13).  The winning library — which will be announced in June — will receive a $4,000 honorarium, a plaque, and promotion on ALA websites and communications. Applications and full guidelines are available at  The deadline is April 18.

This was excerpted from EBD # 12.20 2013-2014 Report to Council and Executive Board April 4, 2014 from Keith Michael Fiels Executive Director.

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