This Week at ULC
Newsletter | May 6, 2020
GOING FORWARD FROM THE PANDEMIC
ULC is honored to share the outstanding work of our member libraries in fighting COVID-19 and providing vital services to communities across North America. The new May issue of the International City/County Management Association's Public Management (PM) magazine features an advertisement from ULC on the inside front cover highlighting the public library's essential role in supporting COVID-19 relief and recovery. This ad features stories from ULC members Toronto Public Library, Spokane Public Library and St. Louis County Public Library.

ULC members are currently forming Action Teams to launch the new Going Forward from the Pandemic initiative, which will leverage the combined strengths of ULC's membership at a greater scale than ever before. Read this ULC Executive Board Statement to learn more, and stay tuned for a full membership update.

ULC continues to build on our coronavirus resource page and we thank you for forwarding sample statements and policies as you are grappling with the possibility of reopening soon. These resources continue to be highlighted in the Member Knowledge Center , This Week at ULC newsletter , social media and other chann els. If you have updates to share or any questions, please email ULC Director of Conferences and Community Engagement Colleen Bragiel directly.
MEMBER NEWS ROUNDUP
Providing Books to Those in Need
Boston Public Library

Once the library closed its doors due to COVID-19, BPL decided to work with local, independent bookstores to deliver brand new books to selected nonprofit organizations serving high-risk individuals in Boston. To date, the library has delivered more than 2,000 books, with a goal of distributing 5,000 books in the coming weeks.
Pictured (left to right): Joe DeSchryver, Good Samaritan Hospital CEO; Sam Liccardo; San José Mayor; Jill Bourne, San José City Librarian; two San José Public Library teen volunteers
Using 3-D Printing to Fight COVID-19
San José Public Library

Using the library's 3-D printers, 24 SJPL staff members and two teen volunteers teamed up to print hundreds of 3-D face shields and masks to donate to community organizations. On April 24, San José Public Library's staff, volunteers and City Librarian Jill Bourne were joined by Mayor Sam Liccardo and District 9 Councilmember Pam Foley to officially hand over the donation of 3-D printed face shields and masks to Good Samaritan Hospital's CEO Joe DeSchryver and front-line staff.
Supporting Youth Reading for a Cause
La Porte County Public Library

This month, youth in La Porte County are " Reading for a Cause" to combat food insecurity. Through the library's new initiative, youth are encouraged to read, record their minutes and help contribute to the community goal of 250,000 minutes. Upon reaching that goal, Friends of La Porte County Public Library will donate $1,000 to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.
Brian Hart Selected as New Director
Forsyth County Public Library

Brian Hart, the former deputy director of Greensboro Public Library, stepped in to his new role as director of Forsyth County Public Library earlier this week. Hart succeeds Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin, who retired as director in 2019 after 40 years of service.
WEBINAR: HELPING LIBRARIES & SCHOOLS IN TIMES OF CRISIS & CLOSURE
Internet Archive Webinar on May 7

Millions of physical books became instantly inaccessible when libraries and schools closed in response to COVID-19. Please join Chris Freeland, Director of Open Libraries, on Thursday, May 7 to learn how libraries can use controlled digital lending and the temporary National Emergency Library to reach patrons while their buildings are temporarily closed.
NICEST PLACES IN AMERICA 2020:
UNITED IN KINDNESS
Is your library the Nicest Place in America? ULC is proud to support Reader's Digest 's annual contest recognizing institutions that are building kind and just communities. This year, the most inspiring stories of heroes of kindness will be honored as the nation works to overcome the coronavirus pandemic. Submit your library's story today!
LIBRARIES REIMAGINED: PUBLIC RADIO DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Now available for free streaming online, Libraries Reimagined is a special public radio series examining the role of libraries as a fundamental resource for democracy in the 21st century. Hear from librarians in the field, library patrons, authors and experts on how libraries are evolving to strengthen democracy and provide free, unfettered access to information.
UPCOMING MEMBER EVENTS
ULC Directors Call - COVID-19
Member Group Conference Call
May 7 | 4-5 p.m. ET
ULC Collections Leaders - COVID-19 Responses
Member Group Conference Call
May 7 | 4-4:30 p.m. ET
ULC HR Professionals - COVID-19 Responses
Member Group Conference Call
May 11 | 1-2 p.m. ET
ULC Education Leaders - COVID-19 Responses
Member Group Conference Call
May 12 | 2-3 p.m. ET
ULC Communications and Marketing Leaders - COVID-19 Responses
Member Group Conference Call
May 13 | Noon-1 p.m. ET
ULC Development Professionals - COVID-19 Responses
Member Group Conference Call
May 13 | 2-3 p.m. ET
ULC Deputy Directors - COVID-19 Responses
Member Group Conference Call
May 13 | 4-5 p.m. ET
ULC Directors - COVID-19 Responses
Member Group Conference Call
May 14 | 4-5 p.m. ET
ULC Collections Leaders Call - COVID-19 Responses
Member Group Conference Call
May 14 | 4-4:30 p.m. ET
ULC KNOWLEDGE CENTER
CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES
Central Arkansas Library System
Oak Park Public Library
Pima County Public Library
SOCIAL MEDIA SPOTLIGHT
Urban Libraries Council on Twitter

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