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2015 ULC Midwinter Member Reception
Friday, January 30, 2015
Newberry Library - Chicago, IL
6:00-7:30 p.m.

2015 ULC Annual Forum
Wednesday, June 24 - Thursday, June 25, 2015
San Francisco, CA - venue to be determined

Younger Americans and Public Libraries 



 A new report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project reveals that young adults (88%) are more likely to have read a book in the past 12 months than people aged 30 and older (79%). As a group, Millennials are as likely as older adults to have used a library in the past 12 months, and are more likely to have used a library website.  In a September 2013 survey, 50% of respondents aged 16-29, reported having used a library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months. In addition, while Millennials' lives are full of technology, they are more likely than their elders to say that important information is not available on the internet. Read more about Younger Americans and Public Libraries.


More on Banned Books


Ed Central keeps the focus on banned books with this discussion that features noted journalists naming books they recall as especially formative and under the microscope during their childhood and adolescence: To Kill a Mockingbird, Captain Underpants and others. Read and recall.

Knight Challenge Continues


More than 675 ideas have been posted to the Knight News Challenge on Libraries website in response to this question, "How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?" As this ambitious funding initiative enters the "feedback phase," review the ideas, pose questions and participate! Recipients of grants totaling $2.5 million will be announced in January 2015.  


Kickstarter Underway-Free for All: Inside the Public Library



The award-winning producers of  Free for All: Inside the Public Library, a multi-platform documentary intended for release on PBS in 2016, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to support completion of filming. Watch the new trailer to find out how you can help build a community of support for this path breaking effort.

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Urban Libraries Council


1333 H Street, NW  

Suite 1000 West

Washington, DC  20005


ULC's new phone number is: 

We will continue to keep you up to date on our transition in e-News Weekly and on our website


Palo Alto City Library Engages Teens


As Learning Labs and Maker Spaces proliferate, the Palo Alto City Library is raising the bar. "MakeX" is a teen-designed mobile maker space in which middle and high school youth can build, design, tinker, play and let their imaginations run wild. This mobile Makerspace which moves throughout the community is the result of a partnership between the Palo Alto City Library and the Palo Alto Art Center to promote self-directed and mentored creative expression as well as learning about art and technology.

Learn more and visit ULC's Innovations Resource Center.
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The Miami-Dade Public Library System  has emerged from months of debate over its financing with a $54 million operating budget, approved by County Commissioners on September 28. Commissioner Terry Murphy told a local media outlet that, "This is a real symbolic victory that says when the community speaks out and says what the priorities are, the county commission listens," he said. "This was a tremendous victory for the people of Dade County tonight."  



The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County welcomes Kathy Wilson, its first Writer-In-Residence. Wilson, a published poet and columnist, will conduct a writer's workshop, speak at four community events and participate in Library promotions during her residency. Born in Hamilton, Ohio, Wilson is the author of the book Your Negro Tour Guide, adapted from her CityBeat column of the same name and published in 2004. The book became a one-woman multimedia monologue for the stage and has been performed in New York City, on college campuses in Georgia, Kentucky, Connecticut and New York, and at Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park and Ensemble Theatre.  



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Suite 1000 West

Washington, DC  20005




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