The Public Programs Office of the American Library Association (ALA) promotes cultural programming as an essential part of library service, supporting libraries as places of cultural and civic engagement, where people gather for reflection, discovery, participation, and growth.

During the 2011 fiscal year, the activities of the ALA Public Programs Office demonstrated an ongoing commitment to libraries, just as libraries continue to support their communities through enhanced access to literature, music, contemporary issues, art, history, poetry, and more.

teens at the Portage-Cragin Branch of the Chicago Public Library pose with projects they created for the “Engage!” program panel from the Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War traveling exhibition (©2009 Alusiv, Inc.) Sarah Cortez reads at the LIVE! @ your library Stage at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference teens participate in the Great Stories CLUB