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"Food is a Right: Libraries and Food Justice"

ULC's latest white paper, “Food is a Right: Libraries and Food Justice,” addresses the current state of food insecurity across North America and the strategic role libraries play in addressing local needs.

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Try, Adapt and Explore: STEM Summer Learning in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Public Library embraced major obstacles to their summer learning as a lesson for their STEM-focused programming: being flexible when faced with a problem and working together to find a solution.

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ULC's Summer Learning Boot Camp Series

As part of the Building Equity: Amplify Summer Learning initiative, ULC invites members to participate in an informational boot camp series designed to support libraries as they work to amplify equity in summer learning.

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Join a ULC Action Team

ULC action teams are comprised of over 60 total leaders from ULC libraries, who are focused on identifying immediate ways that all libraries can overcome key challenges. Join an action team today!

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Fighting for Food Justice: The Words We Use Matter

In the work of food security, it is important to understand that the words we use can directly impact the success of our work. Read about the language that stood out and evolved at a recent ULC convening of food justice.

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Ballot Wins for ULC Member Libraries

Take a look back at how our member libraries successfully performed in 2022 local ballot initiatives that aimed to support the libraries’ funds, programming and development.

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Declaration of Democracy

During the closing session of this year’s Annual Forum, ULC issued a call to action that provides member libraries with a baseline for building policies and actions that preserve and protect democracy in our communities.

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Statement on Summer Learning

Summertime reveals significant inequities for many and the time to act is now. ULC joins the National Summer Learning Association in issuing a call to action on summer equity.

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