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A One-Hour Webinar with
National Summer Learning Association

Thursday, April 24
1 pm ET/12 pm CT/11 am MT/10 am PT   

This program provides an in-depth look at how the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), ULC's newest strategic partner, can help libraries expand and strengthen their summer learning activities. The program will also feature a moderated discussion with ULC library leaders who are drawing from NSLA's knowledge, tools and resources as they create new program and parent engagement opportunities for learning during the summer months. Find out more and register today!

June 20-25 / Chicago, IL, USA
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Early Bird Registration Closes March 31!

Keynote speakers confirmed for the NEXT Library Conference: John Palfrey, a founder and current Board Chair of the Digital Public Library of America and Tina Sciabica, Executive Director of READ Global, an international organization that works in rural South Asian communities to build READ Centers which serve as platforms for education, economic empowerment and community development.

Dynamic interactive program sessions will shape these learning tracks: Patron As the Center of Design; Partnerships for Enhanced Learning Outcomes; Learning Through Creation and Leveraging Technology.

Visit the NEXT website to take advantage of the early bird registration rate, book your hotel and join this global community of movers, shakes and innovators!
Honoring Volunteers in April

The 40th annual National Volunteer Week takes place April 6-12 and is "...about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It's about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals." 

Volunteers amplify the work of libraries in many different ways, particularly as reading tutors. In partnership with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, please join the national effort to honor these inspiring individuals. Create awareness in your community and join the national campaign!

Building Tomorrow's Workforce

Teens and young adults continue to suffer in today's economy.  The Brookings Institution recently released a report, The Plummeting Labor Market Fortunes of Teens and Young Adults which describes the overall phenomena, including policy and program recommendations to strengthen this crucial segment of the workforce. The report also includes a tool that can be used to explore key youth workforce indicators for each of the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. Read the report.
Call for Library Member Innovations Submissions!

ULC's Innovations Initiative is now underway, and we encourage you to showcase your success stories! This year, Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions will be celebrated in ten categories. All submissions will be a vailable this summer in the ULC Innovations Resource Center. Gather your staff and submit your innovations by Friday, April 18!

Questions? Want to brainstorm ideas? Please contact ULC's Sheila Murphy.
Designing the 21st Century Library

Richland Library (RL)
, SC, is featured in a Library Journal article that describes how Executive Director Melanie Huggins and her team are preparing to "enhance and redefine" 10 of the Library's 11 branches, thanks to a $59 million voter-approved initiative.  

Central to their vision is a 21st century library where patrons are actively "...engaged in making as well as consuming, exploring ideas, practicing talents, taking risks, uncovering passions, and being innovative. This.... includes five studio concepts: teen, career, arts and literature, media and technology, a
nd education." See what's percolating at RL
Urban Libraries Council
125 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 1050
Chicago, IL 60606

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