Summer Learning!

ULC Partners with National Summer Learning Association

NSLAAs the summer learning season gets underway, ULC is proud to announce a new strategic partnership with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA). In an announcement sent to ULC Directors, Susan Benton celebrates this new partnership as one that, "...brings two powerful communities together across the library and education fields to build a national movement of libraries that are demonstrating the power of libraries as summer learning organizations." 

Are You On The Map?

National Summer Learning Day 2014 took place on June 20. This national advocacy day is designed to spread awareness about the importance of high-quality summer learning activities offered to help close the achievement gap for our nation's youth and support healthy development in communities all across the country. Libraries are critical partners in community summer learning initiatives but are not always recognized for their role - register your library's summer learning program and get on the national map that the National Summer Learning Association is building NOW!

Camp Wonderopolis


This summer, the National Center for Families Learning presents Camp Wonderopolis™, a free, science-themed, online-learning summer camp featuring content tailored for gaming and inquiry-based learning. Kids and parents can engage in Wonder lessons to earn Wonder Cards® (42 in all); try out fun hands-on maker activities using everyday objects; and enter weekly contests for a chance to win Camp prizes. Campgrounds officially open June 16. Find out more and register >>

A New Summer Learning ChallengeJimmy Fallon

On "The Tonight Show" this week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel won a promise from Jimmy Fallon. If city kids read at least 2.4 million books this summer, Fallon will broadcast from Chicago. Watch the clip with Mayor Emanuel on the Jimmy Fallon show >>

Summer Learning at the Library

NPL's Summer Challenge!Last year, Nashville Public Library saw participation in its summer learning program drop. Turning challenge into opportunity, library staff stepped back and refocused the entirety of its program into the new NPL's Summer Challenge! with incentives built in for individual participants, branch libraries and the community as a whole. A rich mix of learning activities, new community partners and targeted outreach are just a few key elements of NPL's new approach. Read more about it >>