This Week at ULC
Newsletter | March 25, 2020
Tools for Libraries to Prepare Staff and Protect Patrons

All 160 of our library members have closed their buildings to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic. As communities around North America move to stricter stay-at-home orders, ULC continues to put strategies and tools in place to help our libraries navigate operations remotely.

In addition to offering a host of upcoming member calls , we encourage you to visit ULC's coronavirus resource page for updates and further examples from member libraries on how they are dealing with this pandemic. Our   interactive map on the ULC website  showcases the operating status of our members with links to individual COVID-19 member resource pages.

Please continue to share your library's sample statements and policies so we may highlight these resources in the member Knowledge Center , This Week at ULC newsletter , social media and other channels. If you have updates to share or any questions, please email ULC Director of Conferences and Community Engagement Colleen Bragiel directly.
Earlier this week, ULC sent a letter to Capitol Hill leadership urging Congress to ensure that future legislation designed to support coronavirus relief and recovery includes significant funding provided directly to local governments. While the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act and Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act all provide much-needed flexibility and funding for local governments, there remains significant need for cities, counties, special districts and other local government systems to receive increased and direct financial support in this extraordinary time. 
ULC members can take advantage of no-cost access to our 2020/2019 webinar session recordings. ULC webinars leverage the knowledge, tools, experience and perspectives of ULC members. In addition to showcasing members, webinars also engage leaders and innovators from other fields to shed light on issues relevant to the needs of urban libraries today and tomorrow.
Engaging Youth Creatively Online with Comics
Anchorage Public Library

Anchorage Public Library has partnered with a local comic book store and artist to launch its first-ever comic contest for kids, designed as a creative way to engage youth during this time of social isolation. APL's young patrons will get the chance to submit their own comic strip designs each week based on an online lesson/prompt from Post.
Free Virtual Tutoring and Homework Help
New York Public Library

New York Public Library has partnered with online tutoring service Brainfuse to offer all students access to remote, one-on-one homework help in both English and Spanish. "With this new service, we are essentially offering every student, regardless of background, the opportunity to have a private tutor, and every parent the support that they need right now," said New York Public Library Director Brian Bannon.
Collecting Facemasks Using Library Book Return Bins
Oakland Public Library

Oakland Public Library has found an innovative way to gather medical supplies to provide much-needed assistance to the community. Patrons have been asked to donate new, unused face masks (in sealed packages) using the book drop bins at OPL's Main Library.
ULC Collections Call
Member Group Conference Call
March 26 | 4-4:30 p.m. ET

ULC Collection Leaders connect to discuss the recent coronavirus outbreak and its impact on their libraries.
ULC Collections Call
Member Group Conference Call
March 30 | 3-4 p.m. ET

ULC Collection Leaders connect to discuss the recent coronavirus outbreak and its impact on their libraries.
ULC Education Leaders Call
Member Group Conference Call
March 31 | 2-3 p.m. ET

ULC Education Leaders connect to discuss education programming and services during the coronavirus outbreak.
ULC Development Professionals
Member Group Conference Call
April 22 | 2-3 p.m. ET

Join ULC Development Professionals for an opportunity to connect with peers about messaging impact for "new to library giving" donors.
Multnomah County Library
Portland Public Library
Pierce County Library System
Gale Cengage Coronavirus Resource Page

Gale Cengage has curated new resources to support libraries and educators impacted by COVID-19. Find out ways to optimize your library's digital resources and learn how to go virtual and enhance instruction.
Urban Libraries Council on Twitter

❓ Library leaders: Where should patrons look to find the latest updates about the impact of the #coronavirus outbreak on library services? #ULCChat #COVID19 🗣 Let us know!

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