This Week at ULC
Newsletter | June 22, 2022
Join Us Friday, June 24 | 1-4 p.m. ET
ULC Open House

ULC members are invited to visit the ULC office on Friday, June 24 anytime from 1-4 p.m. ET for some light bites and refreshments.

Please come by to tour the ULC office space, meet our new staff members and mingle with your peers! The ULC office is a 12-minute walk from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. We look forward to seeing you! Registration is required.

ULC Headquarters
1333 H Street, NW
Suite 1000 West
Washington, DC 20005
Library Partnerships in a Post-COVID World
Hosted by Cleveland Public Library

Earlier this month, library leaders from 19 ULC member libraries across North America convened in Cleveland, Ohio at ULC's Lessons from the Field event to share and discuss how public libraries can continuously enhance their role as valuable partners and leaders within the community. Read our recap blog post to find out more about this important event.
Opening Gardens During a Pandemic in Brooklyn
Brooklyn Public Library

With the goal of improving local streetscapes, Brooklyn Public Library worked to open gardens all over Brooklyn during the pandemic. Authored by the library's supervising librarian for inclusive services, Carrie Banks, our ULC blog post showcases how pandemic closures gave BPL a unique opportunity to beautify their outdoor space.
Using VR Goggles to Visualize Rising Sea in Seattle
Seattle Public Library

Through the Our Future Duwamish project and in partnership with The University of Washington and Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Public Library uses two Oculus Quest 2 goggles to help viewers imagine rising sea levels from a vantage point along the South Seattle waterway. The VR experience expands on a SPL project that used historical photos, maps and artifacts to show the history of the Duwamish River.
Pictured (left to right): Jake Pawlak, Deputy Mayor & Director, City of Pittsburgh; Mayor Ed Gainey; Patrick Dowd, Ph.D, Board Chair, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh & ULC Executive Board Member; Rich Fitzgerald, County Executive of Allegheny County; and Andrew Medlar, President & Director, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Summer Reading Kickoff
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh held their Summer Reading Kickoff earlier this month after a two-year hiatus! The all-age event Extravaganza returned with live performances, crafts, games, storytelling, food trucks, a scavenger hunt and more to mark the beginning of 2022 Summer Reading.
Empowering New AI Learners
Frisco Public Library

Frisco Public Library’s Thomas Finley is a guest speaker for Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Library Tech Lunch & Learn on June 30. Attendees can learn how the library is empowering new AI learners for the future with their approach of circulating Maker Kit boxes, teaching accessible AI classes and holding outreach events. Frisco Public Library was awarded ULC’s 2019 Top Innovator Award for Customer Experience.
Honoring National Indigenous History Month
Calgary Public Library

Calgary Public Library honors National Indigenous History Month by providing resources so all Canadians may learn the true history of Indigenous peoples. With libraries playing a big role in community healing, truth and reconciliation, CPL offers Indigenous language books in their Treaty 7 Language Books collection, teaches Indigenous Placemaking at seven locations, offers keynote speakers and more.
ULC Open House During ALA
Open House
June 24 | 1-4 p.m. ET
ULC Customer Experience Leaders
Member Group Call
June 30 | 3-4 p.m. ET
ULC Communications and Marketing Leaders
Member Group Call
July 13 | 3-4 p.m. ET
Emergency Response Plan
Roanoke County Public Library

Suspension Guidelines for Visitors
Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Policy on the Display and Distribution of Materials
Carlsbad City Library

Apply Today for the Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize
Library Journal

If your library engages with local government to support the service area’s defined goals, fights for the inclusion of underserved populations and social cohesion and more, you are encouraged to apply! Library Journal’s Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize application closes on July 8, 2022. The winning library will receive $250,000 in unfettered grant monies from the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation and will also be profiled in the November issue of Library Journal and online.
Honoring Juneteenth
San Francisco Chronicle

Check out a Juneteenth article written by Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, VP for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at University of the Pacific and ULC’s Executive Board Chair. “Juneteenth exists as a symbol of pride and a warning of injustice — affirming and cautionary at the same time.” — Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi.
Summer Learning Activities
ULC Member Libraries

The first day of summer was June 21, which marks the beginning of summer reading season! Check out our thread of member libraries encouraging their communities to read.

Contact ULC's Director of Communications Paul Negron at [email protected].