Weekly Round-Up, June 10, 2014

Weekly Round-Up, June 10, 2014

Dear Colleague,

Summer Learning Day is only 10 days away! Over sixty Campaign communities have already pledged or shared their plans on the NSLA website, and it’s not too late to join their ranks. Last week’s webinar included multiple communities sharing their Summer Learning Day plans, so if you missed it or you’re still looking for ideas, check out the recap. (It’s more conversational in tone with a lot of guest speakers, so if you like listening to the radio or podcasts, you should also give it a listen!)

Here’s the latest news from the Network Communities Support Center:

  • In this week’s Bright Spot, Seattle, WA works with community service providers to engage hard-to-reach families in summer reading. This is the fifth in a periodic series of “summer” Bright Spots, in advance of Summer Learning Day 2014 on June 20. Click here to read more or download the Bright Spot pdf. To nominate a community for this feature, email Betsy Rubiner at brubiner@gradelevelreading.net. Self-nominations are encouraged!
  • In Marshalltown, Iowa, the summer lunch program "Munch and More" launched yesterday in local elementary schools. Lunch programs at schools or libraries are a smart way to keep kids healthy and learning during the summer months. Click here for more details and resources.
  • Hartford, CT kicked off their library's summer learning program last weekend with an outdoor festival. Hartford kids will have lots of opportunities and incentives to sign up for the program, as kid-friendly registration parties will continue throughout the summer. Read more.
  • We’re sharing the poster boards that were prepared for last week’s investor meeting and Funder-to-Funder Huddle. These feature state, community, and campaign priorities and progress, and might be useful inspiration or models for anyone planning to reach out to local funders. Download them here.
  • Schools, libraries, and community programs can now submit applications for a three-year, $175,000 Toyota Family Learning grant to fund family learning programs that feature service learning and family mentoring. Five selected organizations will also receive a wide range of NCFL training, communication and technical support, learning items and materials. Deadline is June 23, 2014. Apply here.


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