WEDNESDAY, January 27, 2016
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Los Angeles Public Library Featured in List of World's Most Beautiful Libraries

Eschewing the old adage of "Don't judge a book by its cover," Cond√© Nast Traveler recently shared an article highlighting 14 of the world's most beautiful libraries. Among the final selections, which included Prague's historic Strahov Monastery Library and the stunning Library of El Escorial in Spain, the collection also features Los Angeles Public Library's (LAPL) Richard J. Riordan Central Library. The article praises the library for its beautiful Art Deco exterior and Rotunda, which features a dazzling bronze chandelier and decorative stencils that capture prominent moments in California history.

USAC Announces 2016 E-rate Filing Schedule

The Universal Service Administration Company (USAC) announced Monday that the window for filing E-rate applications for Funding Year 2016 will open February 3, 2016 at noon and close April 29, 2016 at 11:59:59 EDT. This window of 87 days is approximately two weeks longer than the usual window. USAC stated that the reason for the extended filing period is that the migration to the new E-rate information technology system and forms will most likely present some challenges to the users. They also state that they would love to get feedback on any of the issues users may be having. A copy of the notice that includes this information can be found here.

ULC is working with USAC on the transition to ensure its members have the most up-to-date information and that problems can be resolved quickly. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Katherine Bates.

Richland Library Executive Director Honored in "Top 50" List  

Columbia Business Monthly recently named Richland Library Executive Melanie Huggins one of the year's 50 Most Influential People in the Midlands. The list honors community leaders, from government officials to business owners, who have served important local roles and made strides in their areas of expertise over the past year. In the magazine feature, Huggins is recognized for her leadership in October 2015 after flooding devastated neighborhoods in South Carolina. Huggins opened Richland Library's doors 48 hours after the flooding to provide community members with access to emergency resources and basic necessities. During the crisis, three of the Library's locations were transformed into FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers and staff volunteered to deliver water, books and toys to the hardest hit areas, as well as provide computer access to shelters.

Arlington Heights Memorial Library Launches New Exhibit with Fairy Tale and Fantasy Gala

On Saturday, January 16, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library unleashed some magic to open its current exhibit, Once Upon a Time...Exploring the World of Fairy Tales, with an after-hours Fairy Tale and Fantasy Gala. The exhibit, which is at the library through Saturday, March 26, transforms AHML's Kid's World space into an interactive playground where children can step into the worlds of seven classic fairy tales, including Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk.

More than 500 people, many in costume, turned out to get a first peek at the exhibit while enjoying a fairy-tale themed celebration. Staff also donned costumes to add to the festivities which included a scavenger hunt, a balloon artist, Wizard of Oz performers, an all-ages costume contest, and Mother Goose storytimes. The kickoff celebration also included DIY STEM crafts in the library teen space known as The Hub, as well as a fairy tale photo booth using Digital Service's computers and green screen.

"We're always looking for ways to engage in literature in different ways," said Jason Kuhl, the library's executive director. "Fairy tales are so important worldwide; this brings them to life."

The nationally touring exhibit is a collaborative effort of The Magic House St. Louis Children's Museum and the St. Louis Public Library and is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
On Tuesday, ULC hosted a webinar, Outreach in Your Community: Building Immigrant and Refugee Programs, which included presentations from Calgary Public Library, Salt Lake City Public Library and Immigration Advocates Network.
All three organizations shared details of their work and resources and described the importance of community collaboration when building and engaging immigrant and refugee populations.

Purchase the webinar recording today to hear how these libraries and communities came together to foster robust, timely and sustainable programs for newcomers!

To purchase a copy of the webinar recording, please contact Colleen Bragiel. ULC Member price is $150.

Read this article by Library Journal to learn more about ULC libraries supporting immigrants and refugees. 
ULC E-Discussion Groups

Are you looking for new opportunities to connect with library peers in 2016? Our e-Discussion groups provide ULC members with a dynamic, online community to share insights with and learn from library leaders and staff across North America. 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.
For more interaction with your colleagues, follow ULC on Twitter and Facebook. ULC also has a LinkedIn group. Please like, follow and join!


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