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ULC Open House and Library Legislative Day Gathering
Monday, May 4, 2015, 4:30 - 6:00 pm ET
Urban Libraries Council Office - Washington, DC

Are you planning to visit DC for Library Legislative Day? If so, please plan a visit to the ULC office ----  1333 H Street NW ----  to see our new space, visit with your peers, and enjoy a few refreshments and bites, on Monday, May 4th, from 4:40 - 6:00 pm.

Please kindly RSVP if you can join us on Monday, May 4th!

And for those of you riding the Metro from either Capitol Hill or another location, the ULC Office is conveniently located close to the Metro Center and McPherson Square metro stations.

See you in May!

ULC Webinar: Public Libraries and Hispanics ---- User Trends and Program Opportunities
Thursday, May 21, 2015
9-10 am PT | 10-11 am MT | 11 am-12 pm CT | 12-1 pm ET

Join Mark Hugo Lopez, Director of Hispanic Research at the Pew Research Center, along with ULC Members Will Chen and Pilar Castro-Rein of Denver Public Library for a new ULC webinar, Public Libraries and Hispanics: User Trends and Program Opportunities.

Mark will share new research from the Pew Research Center that shows U.S.-born Hispanics use public libraries just as much as other Americans, but that foreign-born Hispanics are less likely to do so. Despite this difference, immigrant Hispanics who do visit libraries are the most appreciative of the services and amenities that libraries have to offer. What does this mean for programs and services in your communities? Denver Public Library will share successes they are having with Plaza Programming designed for Hispanics and immigrant community members.

Learn how to use the research to shape program development, increase usage, and engage this significant portion of our population while maintaining their confidence in the value of the public library.

Click here to register.

2015 ULC Member Reception

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

San Francisco Public Library - Skylight Gallery - San Francisco, CA


On Saturday, June 27, 2015, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm, the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco Public Library will kindly host a ULC Member Reception in the Main Library's Skylight Gallery.

Join us for a few light bites and libations as we welcome summer and reconnect with ULC friends near and far.


Registration for the event is recommended.  

DCPL Opens New Public School Branch 

The District of Columbia Public Library has opened a new branch in a local charter school as part of its pilot program aimed at increasing access to books for D.C. children. As part of the pilot program, DCPL provided the school with a collection of about 5,000 books, as well as a children's librarian and intern to staff the new branch. This initiative represents one of many developing partnerships between the city's school and public library systems, including a plan to provide all D.C. public school students with a library card on their first day of school.

Read the full story  here.

Carlsbad Libraries to Receive $11 Million Upgrade 

The Carlsbad City Council has approved an $11 million modernization and renovation of its two main libraries to meet the evolving needs of the community in today's digital age.

Set to begin in the fall, the library renovations will include updating technology infrastructure, creating new community gathering spaces, and building a new tech lab.

Read more about the modernization effort here
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library Spoof Taylor Swift Single

Brush off those dancing shoes
and celebrate libraries with this fun music video from Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. The library kicked off National Library Week with "Check It Out," a parody of Taylor Swift's hit single, "Shake It Off." Featuring over 100 library employees, the music video calls out all the great services libraries have to offer while also giving a shout out to Taylor Swift for her work in supporting literacy and public libraries. 

Watch the full video here.  

Join Us for Our 2015 Innovations Celebration! 


Let's Celebrate! 


After we conclude Day One of the ULC Annual Forum - June 25, 2015 - join ULC members for a reception and dinner at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA to honor and recognize the 2015 Innovations Initiative Top Innovators, Honorable Mentions and all those that submitted their programs and services to the Innovations Initiative. 


Visit the Annual Forum page to register and reserve a seat at the table.


Celebrating the Work of Libraries     

This year National Volunteer Week coincides with National Library Week, providing a unique opportunity to honor the civic leaders who help achieve your community learning goals and connect public libraries to the national volunteer movement. Committed volunteers play a key role in supporting libraries by enhancing a library's capacity to engage the community in a meaningful way. In partnership with The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, we encourage ULC members to recognize volunteer literacy tutors who support a variety of early childhood and school-age learning activities. 

Visit the Points of Light and The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading websites for more resources.

ALA Releases 2015 State of American Libraries Report    

On Monday, April 13, the American Library Association released its annual The State of America's Libraries report. This digital supplement to ALA's American Libraries magazine examines some of the most critical issues and national trends affecting public, academic and school libraries, such as E-rate and federal library funding.

Read the full report here.

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