This Week at ULC
Newsletter | July 1, 2020
REALM Project Update
In the latest update from the REALM Project, Battelle has begun testing a new set of materials and released a new compilation of select reopening plans from public libraries. The materials were provided to Battelle by Columbus Metropolitan Library, the National Archives and Records Administration and the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress. Test results are expected to be released in late July 2020. 

The items include:

  • braille paper pages closed in the book
  • glossy paper pages closed in the book
  • magazine pages closed in the magazine
  • children’s board books closed in the book
  • archival folders stacked together

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This week, our "Faces on the Front Line" feature on our coronavirus resource page highlights the great work of staff members from Queens Public Library, St. Louis County Library, Ottawa Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Hartford Public Library, Sno-Isle Libraries, Louisville Free Public Library and Calgary Public Library .

ULC’s Partnering with Schools action team met this past Monday and the Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs action team held its second meeting today. Stay tuned to ULC communications for regular updates on this work and the Going Forward from the Pandemic initiative.
Statewide Reading Program Highlights Race in Minnesota
Saint Paul Public Library

In response to the pandemic, the Friends of Saint Paul Public Library spearheaded a new “One Book, One Minnesota” program in hopes of uniting Minnesotans through books and conversation. The summer title for the second book selection is A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota edited by Minneapolis poet Sun Yung Shin. The collection of 16 essays comes from Minnesota writers who are either Native writers or writers of color.
Offering Contactless Home Delivery Options for Patrons
Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library

In an effort to reach community members at home, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library has launched a new Borrow by Mail service. Patrons can now request up to 10 books, audiobooks, DVDs or music CDs via an online catalog. Items will then be delivered to homes via postal mail free of charge.
Sewing Club Helps Flatten the Curve
Hamilton Public Library

With branches closed due to the pandemic, HPL staff have been busy sewing masks for frontline workers, health care professionals and the Hamilton community. The team recently finished an effort which donated 160 masks to local community partner Wesley Urban Ministries.
JULY 6-11
This year, summer programs are adapting and innovating to ensure kids are still learning in a safe and healthy environment. Each day during #SummerLearningWeek will be devoted to a critical summer learning issue, including STEM programming, arts programming and programs dedicated to strengthening career skills in young people. 

In the lead-up to next week, the National Summer Learning Association is hosting a training webinar tomorrow, July 2, for community members and young adults to learn how they can help register people to vote.
ULC HR Professionals
Member Group Conference Call
July 6 | 1-2 p.m. ET
ULC Education Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
July 7 | 2-3 p.m. ET
ULC Deputy Directors
Member Group Conference Call
July 8 | 4-5 p.m. ET
ULC Directors
Member Group Conference Call
July 9 | 4-5 p.m. ET
ULC Collections Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
July 9 | 4-4:30 p.m. ET
ULC Communications and Marketing Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
July 15 | Noon-1 p.m. ET
Kansas City Public Library
Salt Lake County Library
Austin Public Library
Urban Libraries Council on Twitter

Happy #CanadaDay to all of our friends and library members in Canada! Enjoy your celebrations today.
Please Note: The ULC office will be closed on July 3 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.