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The Developing Mind Project
Thursday, February  20 / One-Hour Webinar
1 pm ET / 12 pm CT / 11 am MT / 10 am PT
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Did you know that by the age of three years, children's brains are already 85% of adult size? Dr. Sarah Roseberry Lytle will highlight how the quality of daily interactions significantly impacts babies' and toddlers' language acquisition and early learning.  What does that mean for public library early childhood programs and services? Find out more and register today!

Celebrate & Get Involved!
Edge Initiative at Midwinter
Saturday, January 25, 10:30-11:30 amnull
Pennsylvania Convention Center
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Ready...set.... As of today, January 22, the Edge Initiative is launched and all member libraries of the ULC community are invited to participate! No registration required. Find out more at the Edge Midwinter Session in Philadelphia.

Save the Date!
NEXT Library Conference 
Accelerate Learning
June 20-25 / Chicago, IL

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Start making plans to attend the NEXT Library Conference, presented by ULC, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Public Library Foundation and Aarhus Public Libraries. NEXT will be a global gathering of open-minded library innovators and decision-makers sharing inspiration, ideas and experience. NEXT is about pushing innovation everywhere. It is about doing new things in new ways. Registration opens shortly. Find out more

NCFL's Families Learning Summit
There's still time to register for this premier event that showcases the latest in research and practice on the importance of multigenerational learning and literacy programs. In addition to leading experts and the best in children's authors, the summit features sessions such as "Has the Standards Movement Forgotten Families?" and "Create Collaborations for Intergenerational Impact". See the schedule. Then register for the Summit.

Webinar on Immigration Resources
IMLS and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are co-presenting a webinar on Tuesday, February 4 (1:00-2:30 pm ET) that highlights the work that USCIS does with libraries, ways that libraries can find immigration and citizenship information online, and practical activities libraries can implement to engage immigrant populations. No pre-registration required. Get the details and register.

A Trove of Learning Resources
The Aspen Institute Task Force on Learning and the Internet publishes a regular compendium of links to learning-related news stories, essays and research that will keep you on the cutting-edge. For example, "My Dog Ate My Tablet" is a new study which finds that tablet use can increase homework completion by 29%. Subscribe to receive these resources.




Early Childhood Partnerships for Success

Colorado's Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) has joined an innovative partnership to advance early learning. JCPL will support its County's Child Care Assistance Program and the Triad Early Childhood Council in their efforts to increase access to high-quality child care for infants and toddlers. In its initial stages, the partnership will target 19 licensed child-care facilities that serve low-income families. JCPL will present story times at the centers and offer coaching, materials and other early literacy resources to staff, parents and caregivers. Read more about this high-impact partnership.




St. Paul's Kit Hadley Recognized

In honor of MLK Day, MinnPost, an online news publication, recognized 4 public sector leaders whose dedication has changed people's lives and made an enduring impact on communities. Congratulations to Kit Hadley, whose visionary leadership of both the Minneapolis (since merged with Hennepin County) and St. Paul Public Libraries, MN, continues to be transformative! Read more.  




Reflections on Change

After 25 years at the helm of King County Library System (KCLS), WA, Bill Ptacek's recent announcement that he is taking up the reins of the Calgary Public Library in Alberta has excited both surprise and curiosity. In a Q&A with Library Journal, Bill reflects on the pride he feels for his tenure at KCLS, what inspired him to make this bold move and his certainty that change is a positive way of moving forward. Read the Q&A.   

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