ULC and Members Lead a Successful, Sold-Out Preconference Session at PLA 2016
Over 75 participants joined ULC Director of Education and Learning Initiatives Emily Samose, Leslie Gabay-Swanston, director of community system building at the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), and leaders from four ULC member libraries as they led an interactive preconference session at the 2016 PLA conference focused on Powerful Partnerships for Powerful Summers. Christy Estrovitz and Cristina Mitra from San Francisco Public Library, Liz McChesney from Chicago Public Library, Lisa McClure from Broward County Library and Jennifer Hoffman from Denver Public Library shared the details of their intentional partnerships with local school districts, the National Parks Service, science museums, child care centers, parks and rec and other partners that maximize the summer learning programming available to children and families in their communities.
Workshop participants engaged in interactive activities that encouraged them to consider how they can initiate, strengthen and develop messaging for their own local partnerships to address the challenge of summer learning loss and create summer opportunities for youth. The preconference session builds on research conducted by ULC in partnership with NSLA and with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).