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Posted on: December 11, 2020

Urban Libraries Council Recognizes Chesterfield County Public Library for Library Innovation

Chesterfield County Public Library 

Dec. 11, 2020

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA  – The Urban Libraries Council announced Chesterfield County Public Library (CCPL) as an Innovations Initiative Honorable Mention award winner during the 2020 ULC Innovations Celebration held virtually on December 11. The annual Innovations award program recognizes and raises the visibility of cutting-edge programs, strategies, tools, techniques and ideas from ULC’s member library systems across the U.S. and Canada. 

“Know the Need, Deploy the Solution- Learning Pods” was selected by a panel of expert judges from 260 submissions in 10 categories that showcase creative thinking and imaginative applications of library resources. CCPL won in the category of Organizational Change and Strategic Management, with award winners being recognized for their level of ingenuity, the outcomes achieved and the ability for other libraries to adapt and implement their work. 

“This year’s winners have quickly taken bold moves to ensure that the library continues to serve the needs of the people in their community – especially those most vulnerable including children, stressed families, isolated seniors and struggling small businesses,” said Urban Libraries Council President and CEO Susan Benton. “In the 10th year of our Innovations Initiative, we received the most dynamic and cutting-edge submissions to date. We celebrate CCPL for creating an initiative that will positively impact their community and serve as a model to public libraries throughout North America.” 

The Chesterfield County Public Library Learning Pod program is a rapid, iterative response to the post-COVID 100% virtual school learning environment.  All ten libraries opened to safely accommodate grassroots learning pods needing library technology, safe spaces, and staff expertise, offering teachers and families a new model for student learning. 

"CCPL’s learning pod initiative is a visionary and bold contribution towards the health and well-being of our community” said Mike Mabe, Director of Library Services for CCPL.  “Staff overcame the fear and confusion presented by COVID-19 to serve our customers in ways that were meaningful and impactful. They rapidly designed, developed and implemented an entirely new service in response to community needs, while continuously evaluating outcomes and ensuring safe and secure conditions." 

For more information about the learning pod service, visit and 

 All 2020 ULC Innovations entries can be viewed at  

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