WEDNESDAY, December 9, 2015
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ULC Deputy Directors Conference Call  
Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 12:00 - 1:00 pm EST

ULC Deputy Directors are invited to join an upcoming conference call in which we will discuss evaluation and measurement. Participants on the call will be sharing successful strategies, challenges and useful resources they have developed to gather information and share it internally and externally.

Please RSVP if you would like to join the call or contact Katherine Behrens for additional information.

ULC 2016 Midwinter Member Reception 
Friday, January 8, 2015, 6:30 - 8 pm
Boston Public Library - Abbey Room and Chavannes Gallery

Welcome in the new year and join your colleagues for a Member Reception hosted by Boston Public Library and ULC. Stop by for some light bites and libations and see BPL's beautiful and historic Abbey Room and Chavannes Gallery.

RSVP to Colleen Bragiel by Monday, January 4th. 
Enoch Pratt Free Library Wins Book Bowl Fundraising Competition

This past week, while many people raced to stores or shopping sites for the latest holiday deals in the days following Thanksgiving, two ULC members brought this excitement to library fundraising.

Enoch Pratt Free Library challenged Cleveland Public Library to a friendly fundraising competition on December 1 for Giving Tuesday, the philanthropic alternative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The competition, known as the Book Bowl, began during kickoff for the Baltimore Ravens-Cleveland Browns football game on Monday, November 30, and concluded at 11:59 p.m. the following night.

In the end, the event was a success for both library systems and raised a total of nearly $67,000. Though Cleveland Public Library raised $25,957, the Pratt Library won out with $41,035.

Click here to learn more and view a short news segment about the Book Bowl.

Indianapolis Public Library CEO Champions Libraries as Crucial Institutions   

  The Indianapolis Star recently conducted an interview with Indianapolis Public Library CEO Jackie Nytes in which she shared her thoughts on the Library's work in the community and her career in the library field.

ln her interview, Nytes asserts that public libraries play an important role as informed guides in a patron's "digital journey" for lifelong learning and personal success. This past October, she embarked on her own journey to Hangzhou, China, to deliver a presentation on how libraries provide opportunities for lifelong learning in the digital age as part Indianapolis's Sister City Program.

Click here to read the full article about Jackie Nytes' career and her work with the Indianapolis Public Library. 

Multnomah County Library Keeps Kids Learning Through the Holiday Season  

While schools may be closing for the holidays this month, Multnomah County Library (MCL) is committed to providing children with plenty of fun opportunities to continue learning during their school breaks. Recently, MCL launched three early literacy programs to engage elementary school students.

Last Monday, MCL kicked off a new program which distributes over 500 Welcome to Reading Kits designed to help parents monitor and gauge their child's reading level. Each kit contains five books color-coded by reading level and a list of tips to help guide parents in future library visits and reading selections. MCL is also pulling a page from the works of Roald Dahl with a Willy Wonka style program that provides families with a Golden Ticket that can be redeemed for one free book by January 4.

Focusing on more than just reading, the Library also distributed Discovery Kits at six libraries, each of which includes books and hands-on tools that children can use to explore and learn about the world around them. Through these kits, the Library hopes to instill an early fascination and interest in STEM education, touching on themes such as geometry, nature and coding.

Click here to learn more MCL's early literacy programs.
Happy Hanukkah!

ULC E-Discussion Groups

Are you taking full advantage of ULC's e-Discussion groups? Our e-Discussion groups provide ULC members with the opportunity to share insights with and learn from library peers. Members with responsibilities across different roles and work areas are welcome to join multiple discussion groups. We can also provide you with a list of current group participants to update your contact list.

If you or someone on your team would like to join our discussion groups,
email ULC Member Programs Executive Katherine Behrens. Visit the ULC website to view the full list of e-Discussion groups.
Better Broadband with
E-rate Funds

Public Libraries Online recently published a piece outlining a number of resources and programs to help libraries better understand, secure and manage E-rate funding. Since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its full E-rate Modernization Order last December, ULC and other leading library organizations have worked diligently to provide libraries with valuable resources to take advantage of this increased funding to improve access to broadband internet and modernize digital services.

Click here to read the full article.

Visit the ULC website to view more E-rate resources and learn more about our work in support of E-rate modernization. 
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