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Boost Summer Learning with Science of Reading Elements

June 18, 2024,

By incorporating elements of structured literacy — the approach taken from the field of the Science of Reading — public libraries can significantly deepen the impact of their summer learning programs. Read about five strategies taken from ULC’s upcoming Science of Reading Toolkit to easily integrate the science of reading into your ongoing summer programming.

How a Mobile Barbershop Helped Increase Childhood Reading in Cleveland

June 04, 2024,Education,Race and Social Equity

In partnership with Barbershop Books, ULC’s Barbershop Books Pilot for Libraries supported a small cohort of libraries in 2023 and 2024 to provide reading opportunities to Black boys directly in barbershops in their local communities. The Cleveland Public Library knew participation would be beneficial as it aligned with the library's goal to put books into the community and possibly create change.

Five Ways Public Libraries Go Far Beyond Books

March 13, 2024,Democracy

The Urban Libraries Council recently hosted a virtual town hall on the critical roles public libraries play in our communities. We welcomed leaders with experience engaging with local, state and federal government policymakers to discuss ways for libraries to share their impact. Read on for five takeaways from the event.

Driving Greater Advocacy for Urban Libraries

March 06, 2024,From the CEO

How is ULC driving greater advocacy for urban libraries? Check out the latest blog post from ULC President and CEO Brooks Rainwater the federal legislation and funding resources needed to empower public libraries to meet evolving community needs.