Education transforms the lives of individuals and is the foundation for strong, economically vital communities. In the knowledge economy, the library is the learning institution ready to guide and support citizens at every age and level of need.
Book Rich Environments
Book Rich Environments is a collaboration between nonprofit organizations, national government agencies and corporate publishers that aims to infuse public housing communities across the U.S. with a vibrant and accessible culture of books and to improve opportunities and outcomes for children living in public housing.
Building Equity: Amplify Summer Learning
The Building Equity: Amplify Summer Learning initiative supports engaging learning opportunities for middle school youth in summertime who have historically been excluded from STEM opportunities (e.g., based on race, income, gender, ability).
Leaders Library Card Challenge
The Leaders Library Card Challenge is a national effort to ensure that every child enrolled in school has access to the valuable learning resources available at public libraries.
Libraries and Food Security
This initiative seeks to research and develop a baseline understanding of the breadth of activities, programs, services and resources that public libraries currently provide in the areas of access to healthy foods, nutrition and healthy eating, provision of meals as well as identify the approaches that promote greater food security in local communities, especially targeting Black communities in rural, suburban and urban areas.
Partners for Middle School STEM
This project focused on building community partnerships that resulted in increased science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities for low-income middle school students in urban areas.
Statement on Summer Learning
ULC, in partnership with National Summer Learning Association, issued a Call to Action on Equity in Summer Learning. This statement serves as a baseline upon which libraries can build policies and actions that make their communities more inclusive and just.
ULC libraries serve as essential summer learning leaders in their communities, providing innovative summer reading and active learning opportunities for children, youth and families during this critical time when schools are closed and the risk of falling behind is high.