This Week at ULC

Newsletter | September 21, 2022


Books Unite Us, Censorship Divides Us: Banned Books Week

September 18-24, 2022

Banned Books Week takes place from September 18-24 — an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Launched in 1982 as a response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries, this week highlights the value of free and open access to information. The theme of this year’s event is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.”

This active Twitter thread highlights ULC members participating in Banned Books Week by providing resources and hosting unique events. If you would like to highlight your library's events during Banned Books Week, please email [email protected].


ULC President and CEO Brooks Rainwater outlines how libraries can stand as strong pillars of a strong economy and an active democracy in "The Battle to Save Democracy Starts at the Local Library."

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Jason Kuhl

In an article featuring St. Charles City-County Library’s CEO Jason Kuhl, learn how librarians navigate the freedom to read in the midst of conservative censorship efforts.

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EveryLibrary Book Banning Report

EveryLibrary’s newest report shows an overwhelming majority of voters strongly oppose book banning and 75% of voters will consider book bans when voting for legislators in November.

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Chicago Public Library Read-Istance

The City of Chicago, a sanctuary city, and Chicago Public Library are establishing Book Sanctuaries to give refuge to banned books.

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2022 ULC Annual Forum: Creating a Place for Democracy

Washington, D.C. | November 16-18

This November 16-18, the 2022 ULC Annual Forum: Creating a Place for Democracy invites executive library leaders to Washington, D.C. to engage in expert-led sessions on preserving democracy and cultivating the future of libraries as a central pillar within our communities.

Registration for the 2022 ULC Annual Forum is still open. Early bird rates end on September 30, so register now! Stay tuned to ULC's social media (#ULCForum22), website and newsletter for additional details. ULC has reserved a hotel room block at the Grand Hyatt Washington for attendees. Information on booking a hotel room will be provided to attendees in the Annual Forum registration confirmation email.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

The Annual Forum will be hosted by DC Public Library, bringing together leaders from major urban library systems across the U.S. and Canada. 

Group 4

We thank Group 4 for sponsoring a portion of the 2022 ULC Annual Forum!

Celebrate ULC's Story

During the Annual Forum, ULC members will gather to celebrate 50 years strengthening and promoting the value of public libraries. The Celebration is included with your Annual Forum registration and is sure to be a wonderful time. The dazzling gala bash will held at the newly renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. 

Celebrate with national and local industry and government leaders as we honor our past and innovate our future! Stayed tuned for more details about this momentous event.

We thank Baker & Taylor for their generous support of ULC's 50th Birthday Celebration!



Future Cities Virtual Summit Registration

September 27-29

Join Route Fifty for their free Future Cities Summit on September 27-29 to hear from city leaders across the nation on how they’re innovating to ensure long-term progress for their communities. Powered by a historic influx of federal investments, cities have never been better positioned to usher in a new era of city living.

ULC President and CEO Brooks Rainwater and Greensboro Public Library Director Brigitte Blanton will be featured on the Digitizing Government Panel on September 28 at 1:25 pm ET.



Our ULC Member Job Board is regularly updated as we learn of new positions that are open at our member libraries.

The latest job postings: 

  • Supervisor Librarian Position – Indianapolis Public Library
  • Deputy County Librarian – Johnson County Library
  • Librarian II (Head of Children and Teen Services)  – Palm Beach County Library System

ULC's Member Knowledge Exchange makes it easy for our members to build relationships and share transformative tools and ideas with ULC library leaders across North America. If you have a resource you'd like to share with other member libraries, please email [email protected].

The latest resources: 

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Launching a Food Pantry in Lexington

Lexington Public Library

Discover how Lexington Public Library's is combatting food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic head on in our latest ULC blog post authored by Lexington Public Library's Brian Hocevar.

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Pictured: Miami-Dade Public Library System Director Ray Baker and members of the library team

Named Outstanding Community Partner in Miami

Miami-Dade Public Library System

Congratulations to The Miami-Dade Public Library System for being named an Outstanding Community Partner by the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. “We are pleased and honored to have been named an Outstanding Community Partner by UM-NSU CARD,” said Library Director Ray Baker. “It was one year ago that they designated us an Autism Friendly Partner, so it’s a great recognition of Miami-Dade County’s commitment to making a difference in the lives of neurodiverse individuals and those with autism spectrum disorder.”

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Lincoln City Libraries Goes Fine Free

Lincoln City Libraries

As of September 1, Lincoln City Libraries stopped charging overdue fees on all library materials. Assistant Library Director Traci Glass said that research shows overdue fines serve as a barrier to equitable access and dissuade the use of library services by lower income families, in addition to not being an effective tool in the return of library materials. “It is the mission of Lincoln City Libraries to foster the power of reading and provide open access to all forms of information to enrich lives every day,” Glass said. “This policy will enhance our ability to provide important access to all Lincoln residents.”

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Enriching Cultural and Historical Histories in Markham

Markham Public Library

Markham Public Library’s MPL Trail Project was selected for the My Main Street Community Activator program, which granted the library $25,000 to animate the trails and main streets near the Markham Village and Unionville Library branches. The MPL Trail Project highlights the natural and cultural history of the area through storytelling and programming, emphasizing the wellness benefits of nature with geocaching activities, Indigenous eco-tours and guided storywalks highlighting diverse local artists.

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ULC Customer Experience Leaders

Member Group Call

September 29 | 3-4 p.m. ET


ULC Development Professionals Call

Member Group Call

October 19 | 4-5 p.m. ET


ULC Analytics and Tech Leaders

Member Group Call

October 20 | 2-3 p.m. ET


Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library welcomed Little Amal to their city, which is an "international symbol of compassion and human rights”.

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San Antonio Public Library

With Mercury in retrograde, now would be a good time to check out San Antonio Public Library’s 200+ astrology book collection!

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Arlington Public Library

Arlington Public Library held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Teleconnect Space at Columbia Pike Library.

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Chattanooga Public Library

The Make. Play. Read. Learn. summer program at the library isn't just for kids... adults can join in the fun too!

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