THURSDAY, July 8, 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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ULC-Edge Webinar: Edge 360 --- Success at All Stages of Participation in Edge
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
11 am-12 pm PT | 12-1 pm MT | 1-2 pm CT | 2-3 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. Learn more about the Edge Initiative here.

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.

Los Angeles Public Library Initiative Works to Prevent "Summer Slide" for Bilingual Community 

Los Angeles Public Library entered into a new summer learning partnership with Read Conmigo, a literacy program that promotes English/Spanish bilingualism, to provide 10,000 free bilingual books to children Pre-K through 5th grade who sign up for, or already have, a library card. The summer learning initiative kicks off July 13 with book distribution available across all of LAPL's 73 branches, while supplies last.

The partnership is one part of Read Conmigo's 50,000 Bilingual Book giveaway that began during Bilingual Literacy Month this past May. Through this partnership, LAPL will work to provide disadvantaged children with valuable access to learning resources, reinforcing the Library's role as an inclusive education center for reaching all members of the community.

Learn more about the partnership here

New York Public Library Receives Historic Investment in 2016 City Budget

On June 26, the New York City Council and Mayor Bill DeBlasio approved a $43 million increase in operating funding for New York City's public libraries as part of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget. The increase, which is the largest increase to library funding in the city's history, will allow all branches in these library systems to expand service hours to six days a week.

The increase in funding came after a dedicated campaign led by the city's three library systems, elected officials and advocates, to initially secure $1.1 billion for needed renovations and a $65 million increase in operating expenses for the year. The campaign centered on reports conducted by the Center for an Urban Future that detailed how budget decreases and inadequate funding in recent years left many branches in serious need of repair and maintenance.

The 2016 budget also includes a capital allocation of at least $300 million to libraries over 10 years, which will go towards improving, renovating, modernizing, and repairing library facilities across the city. This allocation marks the first time libraries have received such a large, long-term investment.

Read the full press release from New York Public Library here
DevCamp @
Denver Public Library

In partnership with Denver Public Schools and tech industry professionals, Denver Public Library's DevCamp introduces teens from at-risk neighborhoods to the possibilities of STEM careers by providing free week-long camps in branch libraries. In these camps, teens learn web development basics from hands-on activities, professional mentors, tours of local tech companies, and guest speakers.

"DevCamp has quickly won the hearts and minds of our young customers because it is an excellent fit for our urban library," said Michelle Jeske, City Librarian for Denver Public Library. "Kids get the skills they need to succeed in STEM in ways that are fun, engaging, and memorable. This isn't your typical summer camp - it's a summer experience that brings tech concepts alive in magical, tangible ways."

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

Host a Watch Party for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging  
On July 13, 2015, the White House will host the 2015 White House Conference on Aging to identify and advance actions to improve the quality of life of older Americans. The conference occurs once a decade and is focused on the theme of healthy aging. This year's conference marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security. The White House  has developed a number of resources to encourage local organizations and community centers to host Watch Parties for the live webcast of the event. As a strong resource and partner for advancing public health priorities, libraries are well positioned to serve as venues for bringing this event to residents in their communities.

Click here to learn how you can participate and host a Watch Party.
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