This Week at ULC
Newsletter | January 8, 2020
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MEMBER NEWS ROUNDUP
Meet ULC's Newest Member
Olathe Public Library

ULC is pleased to welcome Olathe Public Library as the newest addition to our member community. Serving the residents of Olathe, Kan. for more than a century, OPL has played a vital role in the civic, cultural, educational and economic life of the city – the fastest-growing community in the state.
Piloting Library Cards for Preschoolers
Newport News Public Library

A new partnership between NNPL and the city's schools is putting library cards in the hands of local preschoolers. With the Library Student Connect Card, students can check out up to five juvenile books, access e-books and use filtered computers at the library.
Helping Kids Embrace Reading with Trivia
Sno-Isle Libraries

Sno-Isle Libraries' Third-Grade Reading Challenge is now underway. This year, 226 third grade teams from 60 elementary schools are participating in this annual event, which encourages students to have fun and enjoy reading while building literacy and teamwork skills.
Pictured: Waller McGuire, CEO, St. Louis Public Library; Lyda Krewson, St. Louis City Mayor; Kristen Sorth, Director, St. Louis County Library; Dr. Sam Page, St. Louis County Executive.  
St. Louis Says Goodbye to Overdue Fines
St. Louis County Library and St. Louis Public Library

At a press conference earlier this week, library and city leaders announced that SLCL and SLPL will no longer charge fines on late materials, beginning this month.
UPCOMING MEMBER EVENTS
ULC Education Leaders Member Group Call
January 14 | 4-5 p.m. ET

Connect with peers to discuss innovative education kits, STEM programming, libraries going fine free and more.
Webinar: Grappling with Unconscious Bias in the Library Setting
January 21 | 3-4:30 p.m. ET

Hosted by the Science-Technology Activities & Resources for Libraries Network, this webinar will provide participants with a better understanding of unconscious bias and the role it plays in our libraries.
ULC Communications and Marketing Leaders Member Group Call
February 12 | Noon-1 p.m. ET

ULC marcomms professionals connect to discuss outreach strategies, messaging tactics, pressing questions and other matters related to community engagement for Census 2020.
NEW IN THE ULC KNOWLEDGE CENTER
Fairfax County Public Library
Central Arkansas Library System
NEW ON THE ULC BLOG
How Urban Libraries Can Benefit from Increased E-Rate Funding in 2020

A new order published by the Federal Communications Commission has established a unique opportunity for large urban public libraries to secure Category 2 E-rate funding.
INNOVATIONS SPOTLIGHT
2019 Top Innovator: Women Innovators Fellowship
Do Space

During a six-month intensive fellowship, Do Space empowered three local entrepreneurs to develop projects that address the underrepresentation of Omaha women in technical and business roles. The success of this groundbreaking program earned Do Space a Top Innovator award in ULC's 2019 Innovations Initiative.
SOCIAL MEDIA HIGHLIGHT
Urban Libraries Council on Twitter

✨We hit 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ ✨ elected officials who have signed our Equitable Public Access to E-Books Statement! Together, these leaders serve over 5️⃣0️⃣ million patrons of #PublicLibraries. Read our press release ➡️ https://t.co/Bn4D09Dz5p

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