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School library literacy grants available

This week, the U.S. Department of Education announced the beginning of the application period for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grants. This program, which is open to school libraries, provides $27 million in federal funding to support the improvement of literacy skills for youth in high-need schools and communities. Applicants…

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ALA spotlights broadband in Tribal and rural libraries for National Library Week

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office hosted senior policymakers, librarians and telecommunications experts from across the nation for a National Library Week luncheon panel to discuss broadband in Tribal and rural libraries on Thursday, April 12, in the U.S. Capitol Building. The panel, moderated by National Museum of the…

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Marrakesh Treaty

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing yesterday on the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (S. 2559). If passed, the legislation would make available an additional 350,000 accessible books for people with print disabilities living in the United States, according to Manisha Singh, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Economic and Business…

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Library makerspaces come to Capitol Hill with Digital Fab!

On Wednesday, April 11, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office along with Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.Mex.), hosted “Digital Fab! Libraries Advance Entrepreneurship and Innovation” in honor of National Library Week. The event, which took place on Capitol Hill, showcased library makerspaces and the important technology and services they…

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Ready to Code school library brings music, coding to students with learning disabilities

In this 2.5 minute video, see how Heritage High School (Newport News, Va.) librarian Melanie Toran and the students she works with are combining music and coding to gain computational thinking literacies. This post is the second in a series by Libraries Ready to Code cohort participants, who will release…

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