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ULC Webinar: Public Libraries and Hispanics --- User Trends and Program Opportunities
Thursday, May 21, 2015
9-10 am PT | 10-11 am MT | 11 am-12 pm CT | 12-1 pm ET

Join Mark Hugo Lopez, Director of Hispanic Research at the Pew Research Center, along with ULC Members Will Chen and Pilar Castro-Rein of Denver Public Library for a new ULC webinar, Public Libraries and Hispanics: User Trends and Program Opportunities.

Mark will share new research from the Pew Research Center that shows U.S.-born Hispanics use public libraries just as much as other Americans, but that foreign-born Hispanics are less likely to do so. Despite this difference, immigrant Hispanics who do visit libraries are the most appreciative of the services and amenities that libraries have to offer. What does this mean for programs and services in your communities? Denver Public Library will share successes they are having with Plaza Programming designed for Hispanics and immigrant community members.

Learn how to use the research to shape program development, increase usage, and engage this significant portion of our population while maintaining their confidence in the value of the public library.

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ULC Member Briefing 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
San Jose Marriott - San Jose Ballroom - San Jose, CA

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ULC Member Welcome Reception 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
San Jose Marriott - San Jose Ballroom - San Jose, CA

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2015 Innovations Celebration 
Thursday, June 25, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Tech Museum of Innovation - San Jose, CA

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Visit the ULC website to learn more about the 2015 ULC Annual Forum agenda, speakers and much more!

2015 ULC Member Reception in San Francisco

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

San Francisco Public Library - Skylight Gallery - San Francisco, CA


The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco Public Library will kindly host a ULC Member Reception in the Main Library's Skylight Gallery. Join friends and colleagues for a few light bites and libations as we welcome summer and reconnect with ULC friends near and far.


Registration for the event is recommended.  

Los Angeles Public Library Receives National Medal at White House Ceremony 

In a White House ceremony on Monday, May 18, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the Los Angeles Public Library with the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service on behalf of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Los Angeles City Librarian John Szabo accepted the award alongside Los Angeles community member Sergio Sanchez. After emigrating from Mexico 24 years ago, Sanchez and his wife Francisca used library resources to improve their English, pursue their GEDs and become U.S. citizens through the Los Angeles Public Library "Your Path to Citizenship" program.

The National Medal for Museum and Library Service celebrates institutions that present extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families and communities. The award recognizes the library's programs that help people on their path to citizenship, earn their high school diploma, manage their personal finances and access health and well-being services and resources.

Read more about Los Angeles Public Library, their award and the ceremony here.  

Enoch Pratt Free Library Receives $25,000 Donation

The PNC Foundation has presented the Enoch Pratt Free Library with a $25,000 grant to expand programming in recognition of its impact on the community. Following
community unrest and violent protests sparked by the controversial death of Freddie Gray, Enoch Pratt Free Library provided a safe, trusted space for community residents in need of shelter and support. The money will be used for renovations, security and new programs, including workshops geared toward employment and family services.

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San Antonio Public Library Opens New Teen Library 
San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) recently opened its brand new space for teens on the third floor of its Central Library. The new Teen Library provides young people with the opportunity to use the latest technology and resources to collaborate, learn and explore their interests. The Teen Library includes a 3D printer, recording studio, video games, computer lab, as well as a collection of teen literature and graphic novels.

Read more about SAPL's Teen Library here.

The ULC office will be closed on Monday, May 26, 2015 in observance of Memorial Day.

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The housing deadline is June 1, 2015!
Book your room today to receive the $229 discounted rate.

High Trust Conversation with Kansas City Public Library

Join Kansas City Public Library Director Crosby Kemper III on Friday, June 26 as he speaks with Kansas City civil rights activist Alvin Sykes about his life, his work, and the important role of the library in both. Sykes, who calls the library "the great equalizer," dropped out of high school at age 16 and buried himself in the stacks of his local public library, pursuing an interest in the justice system. His research into unsolved civil and human rights abuses earned him a reputation nationally and internationally, and he was instrumental in the 2007 passage of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act allowing authorities to re-open cold cases. In recognition, the Kansas City Public Library ---- where he conducted much of his research ---- named him its first Scholar-in-Residence in 2013. 
Range App Aims to Connect Youth to Safe Spaces in Libraries

The mobile app Range is raising funds to add libraries to its list of "safe spaces" for youth to gather and stay engaged during the summer months. The app launched last year to help teachers, social workers, and other caregivers across the country find sites where youth  could find free meals in the summer. Caravan Studios, which created Range, launched an Indiegogo campaign earlier this month to raise funds needed for the research and work to input the addresses, days, and hours of the roughly 17,000 public libraries across the country. The Indiegogo campaign runs until May 31.

Click here to learn more about Range and here to visit the Indiegogo campaign page. 
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