ULC Members Receive IMLS National Leadership Grants

November 3rd, 2012

IMLS logoULC members are well-represented among the 52 initiatives receiving funds through IMLS's annual National Leadership Grants

Congratulations to:

  • Aurora Public Library, CO, which will participate in a planning grant partnership with ULC Associate member Colorado State Library and others to create a blueprint of promising practices for libraries working with other agencies to deliver early literacy information and resources to low-income families with young children;
  • Orange County Library System, FL, which  will implement and evaluate a new community service by offering a free library-based digital obituary repository, a vital resource that has become increasingly scarce with the closure of local newspapers;
  • Kansas City Public Library, MO, which received a planning grant to work in partnership with The Family Conservancy to identify and evaluate existing community programs that support school readiness;
  • Omaha Public Library , NE, which will work with the University of Nebraska's Center for Public Affairs Research to produce a toolkit of resources and a replicable model to help libraries advance their leadership in civic engagement efforts;
  • Stark County District Library, OH, which will work in partnership with Middle Country Public Library, NY and 27 other libraries to create Family Place Libraries, an early childhood and family support service model;
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC, which will partner with other municipal agencies and programs to create Read To Me, Charlotte, as part of a larger community initiative that promotes childhood success through programs focused on families, health, early care, schools and community;
  • Richland County Public Library , SC, which will use planning funds to partner with the University of South Carolina and the Midlands Reading Consortium to pilot and evaluate Project Summer Stride - a program that focuses on reducing summer learning loss through tutoring, reading programs and other interventions;
  • Houston Public Library, TX, which will partner with the Children's Museum to establish the Pop-Up Library program - a transportable unit that brings library materials, resources and programming into a variety of public spaces to support learning during the summer months;
  • Richmond Public Library, VA, which will partner with the Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA and a local daycare center to develop a plan for working with various community summer programs to combat summer reading loss among third-graders in the city's Promise Neighborhood Zone. This initiative is part of the library's larger leadership in Richmond's Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

Congratulations to all of you for your stellar work and this impressive recognition!