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Youth-Powered Learning: Measuring the Impact
Thursday, December 19, One-Hour Program
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Featuring: Mimi Ito and Vera Michalchik

Listen in as two experts share what they're finding out about how youth can benefit when they are engaged in a high-quality connected learning program. How do their interests develop and deepen? Does their learning persistence increase? Does their positive sense of the future and civic participation grow? Register today and find out.

Edge Initiative at Midwinter
Saturday, January 25, 10:30-11:30 am
Pennsylvania Convention Center
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Ready...set...launch! The Edge Initiative will launch in January 2014, and libraries across the country will start using this management and leadership tool to help them assess and impnullrove their current public technology services. Join us at ALA Midwinter to hear details and celebrate the launch of this path-breaking resource for libraries. No registration is required. Get the details.

Colorado City Manager on Libraries
Skip Noe, City Manager of Aurora, CO, shares his views on the critical work that the Aurora Public Library does to support its community priorities: help new immigrant groups acclimate; expand access to technology and; help people deal with the horrors of the mass shooting of July 2012. Watch the video posted to the rotating banner on our website.

Hot Off the Press
The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life just released a new study which reveals, "Most Americans feel that public libraries have done a good job embracing new technology, but are split on whether libraries are as essential as they were in the past for finding information." Read Pew's report.

Libraries: Return on Investment
Toronto Public Library, ON, has just released So Much More: the Economic Impact of the Toronto Public Library System on the City of Toronto. The study findings clearly demonstrate that Toronto's Library delivers a strong return on investment that enhances the city's competitiveness and prosperity. A key finding: the total economic impact of the Library on the city of Toronto is $1 billion. Review this economic impact study.

Youth and the Internet
Felton Thomas, Director of Cleveland Public Library, OH, is a member of the Aspen Institute's task force on "Learning and the Internet," a group of 20 leaders in technology, public policy, education, business and online safety. Together, they are working to identify solutions to optimize learning in a connected world. Watch this video which captures the essence of their work.

Children's Oral Health at PCLS

Pierce County Library System, WA (PCLS) is a leading member of its community's Road Map Project, a comprehensive initiative to strengthen educational achievement from cradle to college, careers and beyond. Serving children in their early years is a cornerstone of this creative effort. Partnering with Washington Dental Service Foundation, PCLS created a toolkit of best practice methods and tools to help young children and families benefit through stronger oral health. The tools are integrated into the activities and services of member organizations of First 5 FUNdamentals, Pierce County's Early Learning Coalition.  Learn about this innovative success and implement it at your library.
CA Mayor's Stellar Service

Milpitas, CA, Mayor Jose Esteves was recently recognized as the 2013 Elected Official for Outstanding Service to a Local Library by California Public Library Advocates. Mayor Esteves' contributions to Milpitas Library and Santa Clara County Library District were honored at the California Library Association annual conference in Long Beach last month.

Coffee, Conversations and
Opening Doors to the Homeless

Dallas Public Library has launched a new program to engage the homeless population which frequents its locations. Director Mary Jo Giudice says, "This type of program has been a dream of mine since I moved from branch manager to the central library years ago." Read more about the 1-hour sessions.

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