From the ALA Chapter Relations Office:
The ALA Public Programs Office is now accepting nominations for the ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award, sponsored by the ALA Cultural Communities Fund. The award will recognize a library that demonstrates excellence in library programming by developing and presenting a cultural or thematic program or program series during the previous year (September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2012). The Award consists of $5,000 and a citation of achievement, to be presented during the ALA Award Presentation at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference. Applications and award guidelines are available at http://www.ala.org/programming/programmingexcellence. To be considered, nominations must be received by December 1.
In recognition that programming is an essential part of service delivery in all types of libraries, school, public, academic, and special libraries are all eligible. The nominated program/series must have been for a public audience. The nominated cultural/thematic program should be one that features the humanities, sciences, arts, creative arts, community and civic engagement programs, as well as programs in conjunction with exhibitions, community-wide reading programs, or other community-wide programs. The nominated program should have engaged the community in planning, sponsorship and/or active participation, addressed an identified community need, and have had a measurable impact.