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Youth-Powered Learning: Measuring the Impact
Thursday, December 19, One-Hour Program
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Libraries today are powerful learning environments for youth - providing access to the tools of digital media technology, skilled mentors, peer networks and opportunities for interest-driven learning activities. This program features emerging research that shows the impact these types of learning opportunities have on participating youth. Read more and register.

New Online Learning from IMLS

IMLS is co-sponsoring two free webinars for libraries in December with its partners, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS).


The first, "New Financial Education for Libraries" takes place on Wednesday, December 4 (3:00 pm ET). Find out more here. 


On Thursday, December 12 (12:30 pm ET), IMLS and the USCIS launch a four-part webinar series that begins with a session on basic immigration procedure, benefits and online resources for librarians. Find out more here.  



Libraries: The Original Maker Spaces

Amy Eshleman, ULC's Program Lead for Education oversees the IMLS/MacArthur-funded Learning Labs Initiative. In a recent issue of MacArthur's online publication, "Spotlight on Digital Media & Learning," Amy reminds readers that libraries have a long history as maker spaces, harking back to the days when people attended knitting classes, for example. Looking forward, Amy comments, "...libraries are getting really energized about DML work. It feels like a natural place for libraries to be. I see libraries around the country thinking how to be at the center of these conversations and how to support kids with the kind of authentic learning experiences that will lead them to be successful as adults."


Edge Transforms Technology Services at the New Braunfels Public Library

The Edge Initiative, in development since 2011 launches nationally in January! Libraries that have tested the benchmarks and related tools during the pilot phase are offering testimon ials to its value. 


In one Texas community, Edge has already transformed services that the library provides.  


Learn how Library Director Gretchen Pruett of the New Braunfels Public Library used Edge to shape the library's strategic planning and enhance its programs and services for library patrons.



If you'd like to participate in the national launch of the Edge Initiative, sign up here to learn updates about the rollout and receive an invitation to participate.


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Choose Civility: A Community-Wide Campaign


A community-wide initiative led by Howard County Library System MD, Choose Civility aims to enhance respect, empathy, consideration and tolerance through an initiative with more than 100 partners comprising government, nonprofits, and businesses.  


Libraries, schools, and cities across the country (from Maine to Oregon to Florida) are joining the civility movement. 



Congratulations to Kristen Sorth, newly appointed Director of St. Louis County Library (SLCL), MO. Ms. Sorth has been with the Library District for 15 years, serving as Interim Director since July 2013. Prior to that, she was Assistant Director of Administration, overseeing SLCL's administrative operations including human resources, building systems and facilities, finance, budgeting, procurement, transportation and security.  



Happy Thanksgiving to our U.S. colleagues and Happy Hannukah to all!  


For the first time in roughly 79,000 years, these two holidays coincide. Find out what they have in common.



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