Summer Learning

Gain Tips and Tools to Expand Summer Learning! ULC - NSLA Online Toolkit
September 28, 2016

Libraries at the Center of Summer Learning and FunReady to expand your library’s summer reading program into a more diverse summer learning program? ULC’s new Online Toolkit, Libraries at the Center of Summer Learning and Fun, is designed to provide you with the resources, ideas, and strategies that can help! This online toolkit includes links to tools and materials gathered from libraries across North America that are implementing summer programs designed to engage participants in active skill building, creative exploration, and critical thinking — in addition to reading. The included resources can be used by library summer learning practitioners to enhance existing programs in ways that help summer program participants increase their love of learning and discovery and return to school ready to thrive.

The Online Toolkit includes:

  • Links to resources for making the case for library summer learning programs
  • Models of library summer learning with example programs and partnerships and links to useful tools
  • Five strategies for evolving summer reading into summer learning with links to resources
  • Additional resources focusing on sharing your summer learning story with key stakeholders, including assessing the effectiveness of your program and tips for communicating key message

Find a complete list of all tools included in the toolkit here.

This resource was developed in partnership with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) as a part of the Accelerate Summer initiative supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

ULC Releases Leadership Brief on Expanding Summer Learning Opportunities in Public Libraries
July 7, 2016

LB Expanding Summer Learning CoverULC is proud to announce the release of a new Leadership Brief, Leadership Brief: Libraries Expanding Summer Opportunities. This Leadership Brief focuses on the progressive work of public libraries in providing summer learning programs that develop students’ skills while maintaining the flexibility of active learning that is unique to the library experience. The publication builds on the findings of the Accelerate Summer strategic partnership between the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) and the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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Public Libraries and Effective Summer Learning: Opportunities for Assessment
June 29, 2016

Public Libraries and Effective Summer Learning: Opportunities for AssessmentDo public libraries positively improve education outcomes for children and youth through their summer reading and summer learning programs? How will they know? These are the questions that the Urban Libraries Council had the opportunity to explore with diverse thought leaders from both inside and outside of the library field through the National Forum on Effective Summer Learning in Libraries, an initiative supported by funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Working in partnership with the Metropolitan Group and the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), this project resulted in a new publication, Public Libraries and Effective Summer Learning: Opportunities for Assessment, that discusses the diverse summer learning opportunities provided by public libraries and action steps for initiating assessment of their effectiveness.

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Public Libraries Addressing Summer Slide:
Initial Findings from Accelerate Summer Initiative
October 22, 2015

Chicago Public LibraryULC is proud to release the initial findings from the Accelerate Summer Initiative. As recognized by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) at this years National Summer Learning Conference, public libraries are filling a critical gap during the summer months, providing access to learning opportunities for children, youth and families where these opportunities wouldn't exist otherwise and positioning libraries as vital education institutions.

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ULC Initiative Explores Summer Learning in Libraries Across America
September 2, 2015

As summer winds down, ULC would like to express a big thank you to our leading libraries for their participation in our Accelerate Summer Initiative. Over the course of the summer, ULC and our partners from the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) explored the innovative and exciting ways that libraries across the country are engaging youth and families in summer learning. Both partners would also like to also thank the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for making this work possible.

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ULC Partners with National Summer Learning Association
September 23, 2014

NSLAULC is proud to announce a new strategic partnership with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) for the Accelerate Summer initiative. 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."

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