Shout-Outs for Strengthening the Library's Presence

June 12th, 2013

Orange County Library System's Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity

OCLS_1st_NailOrange County, FL officials held a "First Nail" Ceremony on June 12 at the Orange County Library System (OCLS). The symbolic gesture of driving the first nails marked the start of construction for the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity, which will occupy most of the downtown library's second floor. The new high-tech center is made possible by a $1 million dollar gift from the Kendrick B. Melrose Family Foundation, in honor of Dorothy Melrose, a longtime supporter of the library.

At 26,000 square feet, the high-tech center will have studios for sound, film and photography. It will also offer flight simulators and a fabrication lab with 3D printers. Driving simulators for teens and construction simulators that will allow workers to earn certification in the building trades are also in the works.

The new center is consistent with the library's core mission. "We're all about learning. We want to position ourselves to help people find jobs." said Mary Anne Hodel, Director and CEO of OCLS. The center will open in spring 2014.

Follow their progress!


King County Library System's READometer App

King County Library System (KCLS), WA has launched an app for Apple products (iPhone, iPod, iPad) called the READometer. KCLS_READometerThe app allows individuals to track their reading minutes and statistics, post reading progress to Facebook and Twitter and  find local KCLS libraries and Quick Read shelves. The app allows downloaders to enter up to 50 names, so teachers can track reading time for their students - perfect for learners and educators!

While READometer is branded to KCLS, it is available to anyone, at any age, anywhere for free. The library will be able to track statistics related to aggregated totals, and since registration requires a zip code, will be able to pull service area statistics from the universe of its readers.

KCLS Community Relations & Marketing Director Julie Brand welcomes feedback from the ULC community!

Newport Beach Civic Center Complex

Director Cynthia Cowell and her staff at Newport Beach Public Library (NBPL), CA are celebrating the opening of the Newport Beach Civic Center Complex.

NBPL_Civic_Ctr_CompThree years in the making, the project included construction of City Hall and a parking structure, as well as a 16-acre park including a dog park and restored wetlands and a 17,000-square-foot expansion of the Newport Beach Central Library.

For those ULC members who attended the 2012 ULC Annual Forum, you have personally seen this beautiful space. And, we again extend warm thanks to NBPL for hosting last year's Forum in the midst of this huge project.

Congratulations to the community of Newport Beach!