WEDNESDAY, November 25, 2015
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DC Public Library Joins Slate Magazine Discussion on the Future of Libraries

How can libraries continue their legacy as "spaces for creation or curiosity" in the age of Google? How can libraries contribute to social and economic development? Panelists addressed these questions and more at a recent event hosted by Future Tense, a partnership between Slate magazine, New America and Arizona State University, on November 12 in Washington, D.C.

The Future Tense partnership and accompanying Slate blog, described as "the citizens guide to the future," explores how emerging technologies will change the way we live. The event, " Will Libraries Outlive Books?," brought together experts from the tech, library and academic fields to discuss how libraries are adapting to shifting social dynamics and technology trends. DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan participated in the event's first panel discussion, which included Deborah Jacobs, Director of the Global Libraries initiative at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Daniel M. Russell, Uber Tech Lead for Search Quality and User Happiness at Google.

Click here to read an overview of the session. View a full recording of the event here.

Chicago Public Library Announces New Kids Vocabulary-Building Program 

On November 19, Chicago Public Library (CPL) announced a new initiative to deliver a bilingual vocabulary-building program supporting the communities of Englewood, Pilsen and Little Village. Coordinated by CPL and funded by the PNC Foundation, the "Words To Grow On, Chicago!" program will promote early language development and vocabulary-building routines among families with young children involved with  El Valor and Metropolitan Family Services early childhood programs. It will also engage new families through public outreach.

The program will include a number of free activities and events to support families and children over the course of two years. Adults and children will increase language interaction in active learning spaces at six library branches and take advantage of family bus visits for library programming, such as story hour sessions and author visits. Parents can take part in professional development workshops at El Valor and Metropolitan Family Services early learning centers. The organizations will also host a number of public activities, from Create-A-Book events to local festivals.

Houston Public Library Hosts Family Learning Celebration 

On November 7, Houston Public Library (HPL) held a special celebration in honor of National Family Literacy Month. HPL has served as a site for the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) Toyota Family Learning program since 2013, working to strengthen families and help parents build skills for activities related to health and wellness, college and career readiness, and literacy.

During the event, 19 families visited storytelling puppet stations, played virtual games and engaged in a discussion on family nutrition, guided by NCFL's Healthy Family Habits and the Wonderopolis Wonder "What is the Best After-School Snack?" In addition, attendees participated in a Family Service Learning exercise for improving the quality of life in their Houston community.

Click here to read NCFL's full recap of the event.
Happy Thanksgiving!

ULC would like to thank all of our members and partners for their hard work and contributions to the work of ULC and the public library field.

Please note that ULC's offices will be closed November 26-27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. 
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