ALA Wants YOU to Host Traveling Exhibit on the 1930s Dust Bowl

Many libraries and Friends of the Library groups have turned to temporary and traveling exhibits as a way both to lure new patrons into the library and to get them to stay longer. Unfortunately but not surprisingly, however, many are deterred by the expense and expertise necessary to research and construct a professional-caliber exhibit. If this is true for you, the American Library Association may have the perfect solution.

ALA’s Public Programs Office is currently looking for 25 libraries across the country to host a 300-square foot traveling historical exhibit on the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Entitled Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry, the exhibit is tailored to teach public audiences both about this tumultuous period of America’s past and about ecological consequences human actions can have in our own day.

Venues chosen to host the exhibit (each for a six-week period) will also be given resources to present associated public programs in their communities. The details of these exciting offerings can be found here. Winners will also receive $1,200 from ALA (through funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities) to help offset costs.

Public, academic, and special collection libraries are all strongly encouraged to supply - provided only that they have 300 square feet free and suitable for a traveling exhibit. To learn more about eligibility, additional benefits of participation, and how to apply, click here. All applications must be received by Monday, September 30, 2013. Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry will begin in April 2014 and end its run in March 2016.