WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015
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ULC-Edge Webinar: Edge 360 --- Success at All Stages of Participation in Edge 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
9 am-10 am PT | 10-11 am MT | 11am-12 pm CT | 12-1 pm ET

Since Edge launched in 2013, 87 ULC member libraries completed the Edge Assessment and engaged the Edge Toolkit. This session will provide a unique opportunity for both current and potential ULC Edge users to learn from the experiences of libraries at all stages of participation in Edge. Participants will gain a better understanding of the need to continually assess and improve public access technology. Presenters will also share the importance of using quantifiable data to demonstrate both library value and library need, as well as cultivating and maintaining relationships with community partners.

Registration for the webinar is complimentary.

Click here to register and learn more about the Edge Initiative.

ULC Webinar: Partners for Education --- Strategic Coalitions for Early Learning
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
9-10 am PT | 10-11 am MT | 11 am-12 pm CT | 12-1 pm ET

  • Harriet Coalter, Director, Richmond Public Library
  • Patricia Hein, Parent Education Coordinator, Richmond Public Library
  • Dr. Thad Williamson, Director, Office of Community Wealth Building, City of Richmond
  • Ron Fairchild, Senior Consultant, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

"Like many modern challenges, education takes a village - a well-coordinated network of government, businesses, and formal education institutions committed to improving education outcomes."

This quote from ULC's Leadership Brief: Partners for Education describes how important it is for public libraries to play a key role in local community coalitions focused on addressing critical education outcomes. With the increased awareness of and attention towards the importance of early learning and early literacy, there are growing efforts by municipalities across the country to coordinate services and deliver the best-possible interventions to children and parents.

Join your colleagues from the Richmond Public Library, along with Director of the City of Richmond's Office of Community Wealth Building, Dr. Thad Williamson, as they discuss their joint work to improve early childhood education opportunities in Richmond and the key contributions of the library. Joined by Ron Fairchild from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, presenters will share details about the critical contributions libraries are making towards achieving early education outcomes. They will also share the successes and challenges of building and becoming part of the community's early learning coalition and the key to sustaining the work.

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2015 Leaders Partnering for Success:
Social Innovation 
October 29-30, 2015
San Diego, CA

We look forward to bringing together leaders from multiple sectors to identify, share and develop new approaches and solutions to the tough social issues facing our communities.
ULC leaders are encouraged to come with their school administrators, local government officials, and community leaders from United Way and other key organizations, including local business. Guest speakers include Stacey Stewart, U.S. President of United Way Worldwide, and Ralph Smith, Managing Director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

Cuyahoga County Public Library Tackles Adult Education with Free Summer Courses

Cuyahoga County Public Library has partnered with Adult Basic Literacy & Education (ABLE) to provide free college prep and GED courses to county residents this summer. Through these courses, the Library can assist community residents in developing the skills needed to be successful in higher education and future employment opportunities.

The college prep course, known as the Key College Prep Academy, is geared toward adult students looking to go back to school to obtain a college degree, combining online and in-person classes with adult education professional instructors to build the skills needed for college entrance exams and beyond. The Library partners with Parma City School District to provide the GED courses, set to begin its next cohort in the fall.

Learn more about Cuyahoga County Public Library's free courses here .

San Jose Public Library Celebrates New Expanded Service Hours 

On July 11, 2015, the San Jose Public Library (SJPL) kicked off a systemwide series of fun events across library branches to celebrate the expansion of service hours to six days a week. SJPL led activities across all 22 branches, ranging from arts and crafts to cultural dance performances to STEM programs.

The San Jose City Council approved Mayor Sam Liccardo's proposal for restoring the six-day schedule in April after the City was forced to reduce branch library operating hours in 2011 during the Great Recession. Due to the overwhelming support by voters in 2014 to renew the Library's Parcel Tax, City and Library officials were able to develop a highly efficient plan to increase Library services. The celebration continued into the week and culminates with special storytime readings by Mayor Liccardo and Councilmember Johnny Khamis on July 16.

Learn more about the celebration events here
Embedded Librarians in County Government

Staff from the Palm Beach County Library System working in eight county departments provided a valuable boost to research capacity while building stronger internal department connections, enhancing job satisfaction, raising awareness of library capacity, and building a commitment to civic engagement. The Embedded Librarians in County Government matched library staff research expertise with department needs to complete projects that supported community priorities, including providing resources for lawmakers regarding proposed legislation.

"As an integral part of county government, the library system with all of its resources and talented staff is providing expert research services to assist county departments in improving the quality of life for all county residents," said Doug Crane, Director of Palm Beach County Library System. "The Embedded Librarians project is an opportunity for the library to expand beyond our walls to where research is most needed."

Click here to learn more about this innovative project. Visit the ULC website to view the complete list of 2015 Innovations.

Public Libraries Meet Community Needs with Summer Meal Programs

While libraries play an important role in supporting education and learning initiatives for children during the summer months, many are also helping to fill a health and nutrition gap during this critical time. A recent article from  The Huffington Post  shone a spotlight on five successful summer meal programs hosted by libraries and how communities are responding to these helpful resources and services. According to the article, one of the main reasons public libraries are increasingly participating in summer meal programs is due to their status as trusted public institutions, diminishing the stigma associated with receiving free meals.

Out of the five libraries featured in the article, four are ULC members: The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCHC), Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL), Cleveland Public Library (CPL) and St. Louis County Library (SLCL). ULC recognized SLCL as a 2015 Top Innovator in Health, Wellness, and Public Safety for its Summer Lunch Program.

Read the full article here.
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