CultureGrams, despite the similarity of the word to "telegram," cannot be sent as a message. Instead, they are reports containing thorough information about states, Canadian provinces and countries. The reports are an educational tool for students and travelers.
CultureGrams are offered at libraries to individuals with a subscription and to elementary students at schools that subscribe to the database. Reports in all editions can be purchased individually without a subscription for about $5 as of 2015. The content is presented in several formats, including PDF, photo and video. The CultureGrams database includes four editions: Kids, States, Canadian Provinces and World. The World Edition is intended for junior high school students up to adults, while the other three are intended for elementary school students. A subscription to the service is available at the CultureGrams website.
A CultureGrams report consists of up-to-date information on a variety of topics about a given country, state or Canadian province. The reports from the World edition cover 25 categories, including history, religion, greetings, arts and holidays. The Kids Edition includes information such as "life as a kid," fun facts and images. The States Edition reports are colorful and easy to read, and they cover the diversity and history of each U.S. state.