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2016 ULC Midwinter Member Reception 
Friday, January 8, 2015, 6:30 - 8:00 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.

A special thank you to Ingram Content Group
for sponsoring the reception.
Delaware State Librarian Explores the Power of Curiosity at Tedx Event

In October 2015, Dr. Annie Norman, State Librarian and Director of the Delaware Division of Libraries, delivered a presentation at a local TEDx event in Wilmington, Delaware, in which she praised the library's role in promoting ingenuity and lifelong learning. During the presentation, titled "Libraries and the American Dream," Norman discussed the power of curiosity and how the Delaware Library is helping individuals and communities achieve their full potential through its Unleash Inner Genius library guide to informal learning.

Click here to view the recently released video of Dr. Norman's presentation.

Children's Plus, Inc. Joins ULC

Please join us in welcoming our newest Library Partner, Children's Plus, Inc., to the ULC family. Children's Plus has been in business since 1979, supplying children's pre-bound library books to schools and libraries throughout the United States.

We would also like to thank all of our Library Partners for their support and commitment to ULC and ULC members across North America. Learn more and view the full list of ULC Library Partners here.

Fresno County Public Library Receives $15,000 Grant to Support Rough Fire Recovery Efforts

In July 2015, a lightning strike in Fresno County, California, sparked a wildfire in the region that burned 151,000 acres of land. To help residents rebuild and recover from the devastating Rough Fire, California State Library has awarded Fresno County Public Library with a $15,000 collection development grant. The grant funding helps position the Library as a valuable asset and support system in times of crisis. The funding will allow the Library to purchase additional resources and materials to help patrons find government services, file damage claims and deal with other disaster-related issues.

Click here to learn more. 

Santa Monica Public Library Celebrates 125th Anniversary

On January 9, Santa Monica Public Library (SMPL) will mark its 125th anniversary with a daylong celebration at its Main Library. Though the official anniversary occurred in early December, the celebration will take place on Saturday in honor of the 10th anniversary of SMPL's current Main Library building. The celebration highlights the impressive evolution of the Library from a single city librarian managing a collection of 800 books in two rooms of a local bank building to a high-tech system of five locations with over 400,000 volumes in its collection.

The celebration will include a broad range of fun activities for community members of all ages, from children's music concerts to a tour of the library's historic murals and a discussion with bestselling author Robert Crais. Festivities will also include interactive arts and crafts activities, as well as a scavenger hunt game for teens and adults.

Click here to learn more about SMPL's 125th Anniversary Celebration.  
Public Libraries Connect Communities in 2015

From providing safe havens during times of social unrest to bridging the digital divide through Wi-Fi hotspot lending programs, American Libraries has compiled a list of some of the top news stories that have affected libraries in 2015 and demonstrated their value as crucial community centers.

Click here to read the full 2015 news roundup.

USAC Updates 2016

Filing Schedule

Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) application dates for E-rate funding should be in mid-January, depending on the roll-out of the new EPC system. USAC stated that the window will open no later than January 20 and close no earlier than March 31. They encourage everyone who plans on submitting this year to post the FCC Form 470 and complete your competitive bidding process to ensure that you are ready to complete Form 471 when it becomes available. A copy of the notice that includes this information can be found here.

ULC encourages everyone to sign-up to receive the SL Program News Brief, a newsletter distributed by USAC's Schools and Libraries Division. 
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