WEDNESDAY, January 13, 2016
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Thank You for a Wonderful Midwinter Reception!

We would like to thank the ULC members who were able to join us in Boston this past Friday for a lovely ULC Midwinter Reception. We would also like to extend a special thank you to  Ingram Content Group  for sponsoring the event and  Boston Public Library  for hosting the reception in their Central Library's beautiful  Abbey Room  and Chavannes Gallery.

ULC and National Partners Lead Convening of ConnectED Library Challenge Communities

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, ULC is pleased to work closely with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the American Library Association (ALA) and the White House to lead a convening of library and community leaders that responded to the White House ConnectED Library Challenge. The summit, called "ConnectED Library Challenge: Answering the Call," will be both a celebration and a strategy session for the 58 communities across the country who accepted the President's challenge last spring. The event will also mark the first-ever national convening of chief elected officials, school superintendents, and library leaders to explore how to build stronger partnerships to improve education outcomes for all children.

President Obama launched the first ConnectED Library Challenge in April 2015, calling upon mayors, county executives, school leaders, and library directors to work together and create or strengthen partnerships that ensure that every child enrolled in school can receive a library card. The Challenge recognizes the critical role that libraries play as trusted community anchors that support learning and connectivity at all times and the notion that improving education for all children requires key local leaders to collaborate in new and powerful ways.

Many of the participants in this initial round are ULC members and have provided invaluable information and descriptions of their comprehensive library card initiatives. This information will be used in the development of a national report which will be widely distributed.

Click here to learn more about the ConnectED Library Challenge.

We extend a special thank you to Gale Cengage Learning for sponsoring and supporting the ULC Reception.

Dallas Public Library Partners with Hospital in "Books for Dallas Babies" Initiative

Dallas Public Library, Friends of the Dallas Public Library and Parkland Health & Hospital System launched Books for Dallas Babies, their first joint literacy initiative, on January 1, 2016. All mothers who give birth at Parkland Health & Hospital System will receive a copy of the book "Read to Me," written by Dr. Judi Moreillon, an associate professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman's University.

The book, written in English and Spanish, and English and Vietnamese, encourages mothers to read to their children from birth. The community partnership marks an important step in helping the Library promote early literacy to Dallas families, particularly those from low-income households, as well as providing a new avenue through which Parkland can reach out to and connect with patients.

Click here to learn more.

ULC Member Libraries Top OverDrive's 2015 Million Digital Checkouts Club 

This past week OverDrive announced that among the hundreds of libraries across North America that have set annual records for lending digital books during 2015, 33 library systems exceeded one million digital books circulated. The list, which was comprised of 20 city and county libraries and 13 library consortia, included 16 ULC member libraries. Toronto Public Library topped the list as the only library to circulate three million or more digital books, with King County Library System and New York Public Library right behind in the two million or more bracket.

Click here to view the full list of libraries in OverDrive's Million Digital Checkouts Club.

Denver Public Library Courts Patrons with Meghan Trainor Music Video Parody

Proudly exclaiming that they're not "the library that your grandma used to see," the staff at Denver Public Library (DPL) recently released a fun music video highlighting the latest and greatest services that the Library has to offer. The video was created by a group from DPL's Leadership Academy, an employee growth and development program designed to cultivate future leadership for the Library. Throwing themselves into the mix of viral pop music parodies, DPL's video plays off of Meghan Trainor's "Dear Future Husband." In the DPL video, titled "Dear Future Customer," staff members show customers how to search for digital content, rent a GoPro, use a 3D printer and much more. 
NSLA Accepting Nomination for White House Champions of Change Event 

In recognition of the innovative and effective summer jobs, learning and meals partnerships in cities, towns and counties across the country, the White House and the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) will convene a Champions of Change event to identify and highlight leaders who are turning summer from a time of learning loss into a time of great gain. In addition to honoring Champions of Change in summer learning, the White House will hold a "summer opportunity workshop" in which participants can meet new partners and share best practices.

Submit nominations for individuals who are investing in, operating or advocating for high-quality summer learning, meals and jobs opportunities by 5 pm EST on Thursday, January 21, 2016.

Click here to learn more.

Learn How to Apply for the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

Is your organization setting the standard for out-of-school programs by balancing arts and humanities with youth development? The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and IMLS will hold a pre-application webinar for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award today, January 13 at 3:30 pm Eastern Time.

The deadline for applications is February 2, 2016. Click here to learn more about the program and register for the webinar. 
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