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2019 Innovations Entries Now Live!

2019 Innovations

Thank you to everyone who submitted to ULC's 2019 Innovations Initiative. We are excited to announce that all 260 entries we received for this year's program are now live on

The 2019 Innovations reflect a diverse array of library practices and services that are transforming communities across North America. We look forward to celebrating the 2019 Innovations and announcing this year's award winners during next month's ULC Forum.

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Montgomery County Public Library Opens New Shared-Space Branch

Hundreds of Marylanders gathered this past Sunday to welcome the new Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center and Wheaton Local Park. The new co-located facility totals 92,000 square feet and includes a Montgomery County Public Library branch, gym, computer labs and learning kitchen.

"The opening of the new Wheaton Library and Recreation Center has been a long time (in) coming," said Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro. "Wheaton is a vibrant, growing community, and the new Library and Recreation Center plays a pivotal role in its ongoing revitalization. I am excited to be taking part in this momentous occasion after so many years of hard work."

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Contra Costa County Library Debuts New Library Cards

Earlier this month, Contra Costa County Library added renderings of Mount Diablo, an astronaut, a train, an otter and a fox to their library card offerings. The five new library card designs were voted on by the public earlier this year.

"The new cards will allow us to reach potential new library users as well as reengage with those who have not used their card in a while," said County Librarian Melinda Cervantes.

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Louisville Free Public Library Branch Wins AIA Design Award

The Kentucky Society of Architects awarded its highest recognition, the 2019 AIA Kentucky Honor Award, to LFPL's St. Matthews Eline Library for the striking design of the 19,000-square-foot space. The renovated library branch opened in May and houses more than 70,000 books.

"It is a beautiful space for individuals to expand their intellectual horizons, a place where families can spend time together researching faraway places, and for groups to utilize the conference rooms," said St. Matthews Mayor Richard Tonini. "We dreamed big and then found a way to make this important community resource happen."

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Honoring Bill Ptacek

Read ULC's latest blog post to learn more about the outstanding leadership and achievements of Bill Ptacek, former CEO of Calgary Public Library and recipient of the 2019 ULC Executive Board Award.
Banned Books Week
September 22-28

Celebrate the freedom to read during this week-long event which showcases the value of free and open access to information. Learn more.
Explore Sample MOUs in ULC's Knowledge Center

Memoranda of understanding (MOUs) help ensure alignment between libraries and their partners. ULC's Knowledge Center now features a special collection of samples MOUs provided by member libraries. Click here to explore this new resource today.
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