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April Online Learning!

A One-Hour Webinar with
National Summer Learning Association 

Thursday, April 24
1 pm ET/12 pm CT/11 am MT/10 am PT
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Getting ready for summer learning? Join us for an in-depth look at how the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) can help you expand and strengthen summer learning activities. NSLA will highlight specific resources designed to help with program design, planning and quality assessment. This program includes perspectives from two leading ULC libraries that are changing up their summer learning programs .

Katie Willse, National Summer Learning Association
Elizabeth McChesney, Chicago Public Library
Lisa McClure, Hartford Public Library

Find out more and register!
Update on E-Rate
Live Streaming IMLS Panel
April 17, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT

IMLS is holding a public hearing, "Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact," to examine the need for high speed broadband in America's libraries. Following a welcome by FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler, three panels will explore the successes that can be credited to the current E-Rate program, the data which makes the case for necessary changes and a vision for what is possible in the future. Featured panelists include ULC Library Directors Dionne Mack (El Paso Public Library, TX) and Gary Wasdin, (Omaha Public Library, NE).

The hearing will be live-streamed on YouTube and Google+.  

On April 7, ULC submitted a filing to the Federal Communications Commission with refined recommendations for strengthening the U.S. E-Rate program so that public libraries remain "the primary free public Internet access point in civil society."

Celebrating National Library Week
#NLW14 and #LivesChange
April 13-19

CNN is celebrating libraries this week with a special CNN iReport that features a photo montage of inspiring libraries the world over, as well as an insightful essay that concludes, "...despite enduring budget cuts and being forced to reinvent their services in the face of the ubiquitous Internet, public libraries remain staple institutions..." evidenced by increased use and enduring public support. Read CNN's iReport.

Let No Child Go Hungry
One-Hour Webinar
April 25, 2:00 pm EST

Every year, millions of children and youth suffer from hunger during the summer months when they do not receive the free and reduced price meals offered in schools. The Summer Food Service Program, offered by the USDA is a vastly underutilized resource available to meet this need. Find out more and register for the April 25 webinar, How Libraries Can Get Involved in Summer Meals. This program is a joint venture of IMLS and USDA.. Be a part of the solution.
Deadline: Friday, April 18!
ULC's annual Innovations Initiative is underway, and we're inspired by the variety and richness of success stories that are being submitted.  

Innovations are accepted in 10 categories, and all submissions will be showcased in ULC's Innovations Resource Center. Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions will be announced at the NEXT Library Conference which ULC is producing in partnership with Chicago Public Library in June.

Put your library in the spotlight! The online submission form is easy to complete!
Books on the Bus
Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH, is partnering with Columbus City Schools to help children strengthen their reading skills as they prepare to meet the challenge of the state's "Third Grade Reading Guarantee." The library has collected over 5,000 books which are now being distributed on school buses so that children can read on their way to and from school. Watch the coverage aired on WBNS-10TV.

Madison Public Library:  Public Project of the Year
Madison Public Library, WI, has been awarded the prestigious Public Works Project of the Year for its Central Public Library Renovation and Expansion project by the American Public Works Association. Madison Mayor Paul Soglin comments,"This is a great accomplishment and well-deserved recognition for the great the design of this building. We have an environmentally sound, structurally resilient, incredibly user-friendly structure which was actually recycled from our previous library." Congratulations to Greg Mickells and his team. Read the release.

Hearty Welcome in Gwinnett
In honor of National Library Week Charles Pace, the new Executive Director of Gwinnett County Public Library, GA, is featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post. The profile celebrates his community orientation, "What I've really learned is that it's great to have a love of books and reading, but to really be successful as a librarian you need to love people... It's really a customer service-oriented profession." Read the feature.

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