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June 20-25 / Chicago, IL
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What's next for the 21st century library? The NEXT Library Conference is a global gathering of library leaders and innovators.  Immerse yourself in inspiring conversation, create new connections and discover new concepts in global learning. Learn more, assemble your team and become a member of the international NEXT community!
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ULC Online Learning!
Thursday, February  20
1 pm ET/12 pm CT/11 am MT/10 am PT 
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A One-Hour Webinar Featuring:
Dr. Sarah Roseberry Lytle, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences
Crystal Faris, Kansas City Public Library


There's still time to register for this program to find out how babies and toddlers acquire language and the building blocks of literacy through everyday interactions. Seasoned library professional Crystal Faris will lead a discussion that probes how research translates to high-quality early childhood programs in the library and in your community. Find out more and register today!   


Join Us!
ULC Member Reception in Indianapolis 

Thursday, March 13, 2014 

6:30 - 8:00 pm

Indianapolis Public Library



Gather with ULC colleagues to raise a glass and share good tidings! Login and RSVP today.


No individual membership profile? No problem. Contact Jodi Lazar for assistance. Please RSVP by Friday, March 7.

Libraries are Family Learning Centers
Libraries shone brightly at the National Center for Families Learning Summit in Washington, DC this week.

Congratulations to Nashville Public Library's, TN, Elizabeth Atack, the 2014 recipient of the Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award, given in recognition of the library's high-impact early childhood programs that have demonstrably increased parent engagement and kindergarten readiness. Read the press release.

Houston Public Library, TX, was honored as one of the first recipients of a new Toyota Family Learning Grant Program! The library will receive $175,000 to support new mentor and service learning activities that target vulnerable families. Learn more about HPL's family learning programs.

ULC President and CEO Susan Benton led a lively session titled "Libraries at the Center of Family Learning" that featured Richmond Library's, VA, Harriet H. Coalter and District of Columbia Public Library's, DC, Jennifer Giltrop. See the Tweets from the Summit.

National Medal for Museum and Library Services
2014 is the 20th Anniversary of this distinguished awards program that recognizes museums and libraries that set new standards for exemplary service to their communities. To mark this milestone, IMLS will spotlight previous winning institutions - including 21 ULC member libraries - through a special Facebook campaign. Finalists for 2014 will be announced in early March. Go to Facebook and share your story.

What Will Your Library Showcase?

ULC launches its fifth annual Innovations Initiative shortly. We hope you are thinking about the new ways of working that represent your recent successes and forward-thinking offerings. Watch for the guidelines and start gathering the big ideas that keep your library vital. Watch your inbox for coming details.   



Innovations Update  

Nashville Public Library, TN, was honored as a 2013 Top Innovator for its Limitless Libraries partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools. Successful partnerships evolve, and this week's Library Journal announces the next phase of expanding access to library resources, a shared ILS system! Read more about this critical milestone - as well as the challenges that can accompany success.


Robohand at MakerSpace

Johnson County Library, KS, is expanding the possibilities of MakerSpaces. As an LJ story details, a prosthetic hand was recently created for a nine-year old boy. Read more.      


New ULC Member
Please help us welcome ULC's newest member, Gyroscope -- a group of innovative design thinkers and creative problem solvers designing learning environments that provide value for children, families and communities.

Share Your Good News!
Members, please send your news to ULC's Sheila Murphy to be considered for the e-News Weekly.
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