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A One-Hour Webinar with 
National Summer Learning Association 
Thursday, April 24
1 pm ET/12 pm CT/11 am MT/10 am PT   

This program offers an in-depth look at how the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), ULC's newest strategic partner, can help libraries expand and strengthen their summer learning activities. NSLA will provide an overview of their work and highlight specific resources designed to help with program design, planning and quality assessment.  The program will also feature a moderated discussion with ULC library leaders who are drawing from NSLA's knowledge, tools and resources as they create new program and parent engagement opportunities for learning during the summer months.  

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

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June 20-25 / Chicago, IL, USA
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Early Bird Registration Closes March 31!

Momentum is growing for the NEXT Library Conference, a dynamic exploration of the continuously evolving nature of the public library in the 21st century. Pre-Conference activities begin June 20 and include citywide tours, site visits and master sessions. The Opening Reception kicks off the Conference on Sunday, June 22. The following two days will be filled with interactive sessions and provocative conversations. Keynote Speakers include John Palfrey and Tina Sciabica.

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Remembering the 2013 Boston Marathon

On April 7, Boston Public Library, MA, opens an exhibition Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial which features select items from the spontaneous remembrance that people created in the wake of that day's tragic events. The exhibition includes personal notes of condolence; signs and posters with messages of support and encouragement from towns all over Massachusetts and the world; items left by spectators, runners, and Marathon volunteers; declarations of hope and compassion; and 150 pairs of running shoes. Dear Boston is part of a larger community arts effort titled #BostonBetter, where area museums, libraries and archives will host various programs associated with the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Marathon.

Wichita Public Library Honored for Community Leadership

Wichita Public Library, KS, is the recipient of the 2014 LibraryAware Community Award presented by Library Journal and funded by EBSCO Information Services' NoveList Division. Director Cynthia Berner Harris and her team are honored for a long track record of civic engagement including their early partnership with Visioneering Wichita, a citywide strategic planning initiative and its oversight of the Activate Wichita website which seeks input from citizens on critical issues, problems and programs. Read the release.

Celebrate National Volunteer Week #NVW2014

National Volunteers Week begins Sunday, April 6! In partnership with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, we encourage ULC members to particularly recognize volunteer reading tutors who support a diverse range of early childhood and school-age learning activities. Create awareness in your community and join the national campaign!
Call for Library Member Innovations Submissions!

ULC's Innovations Initiative is underway, and we encourage you to showcase your success stories! This year, Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions will be celebrated in ten categories. All submissions will be available this summer in the ULC Innovations Resource Center. Gather your staff and submit your innovations by Friday, April 18!

Questions? Want to brainstorm ideas? Please contact ULC's Sheila Murphy.
Rolling with Digital Literacy

Kansas City Public Library (KCPL), MO, has received a major grant from the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund to launch a mobile digital media lab that fosters computer/internet accessibility and literacy for 8- to 18-year-olds at two branch libraries. KCPL is a member of the national Learning Labs network, led by ULC and the Association of Science-Technology Centers.

Love at the Library

Madison Public Library's, WI, new Central Library is a hotbed of community activity, including weddings. Recently, Director Greg Mickells shared this story, "...The [groom] met his future wife at the grand opening of our Central Library. He had arranged to meet an online acquaintance for the first time by a sculpture on our 3rd floor outdoor roof terrace. She never showed up, but in the meantime he met another woman who was exploring the terrace during the opening.  Now 6 months later they are making wedding plans and asked if they could use the outside terrace where they met for their wedding ceremony. Libraries can indeed change lives."

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