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Lessons from Learning Labs!
Monday, March 24, One-Hour Webinar 
1 pm ET/12 pm CT/11 am MT/10 am PT 
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Elyse Adler, Nashville Public Library 

Jennifer Collins, San Francisco Public Library

Jennifer Nichols, Pima County Public Library


Today's teens have a lot to offer, including a hunger to engage with their peers and supportive adults, as well as a unique perspective on a world in which they are among the first generation of "digital natives." This program features leaders from three libraries that are building new digital media learning spaces. In conversation with ULC's Program Leader for Education, Amy Eshleman, they will share their insights on the challenges and rewards of including youth in the design of new spaces and learning experiences. Register today!
Accelerate Learning!
June 20-25 / Chicago, IL, USA
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Innovators and leaders from around the world are getting ready to gather in Chicago to push the boundaries of thinking and imagination about how libraries are accelerating changes that advance learning in the 21st century.

Don't miss this opportunity to: Space is limited. Get the details and register today!
Visit the Edge at Booth #322

Find out more about the Edge and register to win a free private training session. 
Update on E-Rate
Recently, ULC joined with the New America Foundation to present a forum in Washington, DC, on Connected Communities in the Age of Digital Learning. If you did not have a chance to live stream the event, it is now available online along with our latest E-Rate Fact Sheet, Modernizing the E-Rate Program. Please share these resources with local leaders so that, together, we will strengthen our work to ensure libraries are understood as critical partners in learning and public technology.

Digital Life in 2015

The Pew Research Center continues to look ahead and anticipate the impact of technology on people's lives and communities. Their newest report, Digital Life in 2025 contains the "imaginings" of nearly 1,500 experts worldwide who can't form a unified consensus but do agree that internet will continue its march toward being as ubiquitous as electricity. Take a look into the future.



Libraries Stand Tall at SXSW
Libraries - as technologists, entrepreneurs and learning leaders - are a significant force at this year's South by Southwest Interactive gathering in Austin, TX. Learn how ULC members, Anythink Libraries , CO; Omaha Public Library, NE; and Arapahoe Library District, CO help people understand the link between libraries and thriving communities.
What Will You Showcase?
ULC's fifth annual Innovations Initiative opens shortly and we hope you're thinking about the new ways of working that you'll be showcasing. Watch for the guidelines, gather your team and start thinking about the big ideas that keep your library vital.
Happy Birthday,
We Love You!

Multnomah County Library, OR, is celebrating its 150th birthday by asking its community to write love letters to the oldest public library system west of the Mississippi River. People of all ages have been sharing their personal stories and giving thanks. Read the love letters.

Libraries Lead Early Learning

Cleveland Public Library, OH, is installing 54 new literacy stations with a mix of games and educational lesson plans for young children at 27 branches throughout the city. As Library Journal reports, "Public libraries are increasingly looking for ways - like through gamification - to support early learners from preschool age children to those in third grade. Through offering reading clubs and additional educational programming, libraries can support student learning outside of school, and CPL is...actively looking to increase its partnerships with local schools." Read the article.

Epicenters of Spelling

Howard County Library System, MD, and Kansas City Public Library, MO, lent their leadership to the hosting of spelling bees - a perennial test of literacy and tenacity. Kansas City's competition went viral and was picked up by media as far-flung as India and Pakistan. Many congratulations to this year's winners!
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