WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015
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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.

Report on Building Afterschool Systems Spotlights ULC Libraries

The Wallace Foundation recently released Growing Together, Learning Together, a new report focused on how to build and sustain an afterschool programming system, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for organizations developing and implementing these types of programs and services. The report, which is a follow-up to a 2008 publication by the foundation, centers on four essential elements for system building: strong leadership from major players, coordination that fits local context, effective use of data and a comprehensive approach to program quality.

The report incorporates real-world examples and stories from various organizations that have participated in The Wallace Foundation's afterschool system-building initatives, including a few ULC library members. The report includes a feature on Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA), an afterschool initiative hosted by the Nashville Public Library (NPL) and a 2015 Innovations Initiative submission, referring to the library's role as a provider of key community services and its expertise in materials and resources for enhancing reading skills. The report also includes references to afterschool systems that include the Free Library of Philadelphia and St. Paul Public Library.

Read the full report here.

Washington Nationals Support Summer Reading at DC Public Libraries

On July 18, 2015, Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg visited DC Public Library's (DCPL) Anacostia branch in support of the Library's 2015 Summer Reading Program. During the visit Strasburg, along with his wife Rachel and daughter Raegan, took photos with and spent time reading to local youth.

The reading session is just one component of the Major League Baseball team's three-year $750,000 commitment to DCPL's Summer Reading Program, which includes incentives for reaching reading goals that range from game tickets to souvenirs and program materials.

Read more about the Nationals' community outreach and DCPL partnership here
Cradle of Innovation

When a growing community of local authors and artists wanted to share their "masterpieces" through the public library, Dayton Metro Library (DML) embraced the opportunity by creating a special collection and hosting an annual event. The Local Author Collection has more than 250 items including mainstream fiction, bestsellers by local authors, self-published works, books that emerged from classroom assignments, poetry, children's books, music CDs, and more. The annual Local Author and Artist Event showcases local talent, provides networking opportunities, and highlights the library's commitment to the community it serves.

"Since the time of the Wright Brothers and Paul Laurence Dunbar, Dayton has been the home of innovation and creativity," said Tim Kambitsch, DML Executive Director. "In this technologically advanced age, libraries do more than check out materials ---  they support patrons' endeavors to create text, sound, visual items, and nearly anything they can imagine."

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

Learn, Make and Explore with Camp Wonderopolis

Where is the world's tallest waterslide? How does a green screen work? How much water is in a watermelon? Parents and children can learn the answers to these questions together, and much more, at the all-new edition of Camp Wonderopolis™ available free from the National Center for Families Learning. Used by libraries and other community organizations for summer programming and as a resource to help circumvent the summer slide, Camp Wonderopolis 2015: Mission to Wonder is
a fun online virtual camp that engages children of all ages through Maker activities, quizzes and games packed into 42 STEM-based Wonder lessons.

Learn more about Camp Wonderopolis here
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