RAILS Member Announcements
Full size wooden puppet stage originally priced $1,200 from Highsmith for $500 OBO. Large enough for adults, also easily conceals up to 6 child puppeteers. 2'Hx4'W stage window can be set at different heights. Overall size is 6'Hx4'W with two 22"W sidewings. We purchased the theater 6 years ago and have used it less than 5 times.
As school comes to an end in West Chicago Elementary School District 33, and summer begins, the West Chicago Public Library District will begin to serve FREE lunch throughout the summer months with food provided by Northern Illinois Food Bank.
In years past, District 33 worked with Northern Illinois Food Bank to offer the FREE summer lunch program to children under the age of 18 years. This year, the West Chicago Public Library has offered to continue this program.
The goal of the program is to fill the gap for students who get free or reduced-price lunches at their schools during the academic year but might go hungry while school is out of session. Studies show that access to healthy, well-balanced meals go hand-in-hand with student’s ability to learn in the classroom, to grow up healthy and to reach their fullest potential. The summer lunch program represents a wonderful collaboration between District 33, the West Chicago Public Library and Northern Illinois Food Bank.
“We have worked closely with the West Chicago Public Library on many initiatives and they have been wonderful partners with District 33. We were so happy when they offered to take on this program. There are many families who have benefited from the Community Eligibility Option Program, a program from the United States Department of Agriculture that provided free breakfast and lunch to students during the school year. Now, because the Library will be hosting the free summer lunch program, our children in the community will have the opportunity to receive nutritious meals throughout the summer months,” stated Marjory Lewe-Brady, Director of Partnerships for Wellness, Safety and Achievement in District 33.
Free lunch will be offered for children up to age 18 daily, Monday through Friday, from June 17 through August 23 in the program room at the Library from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. No registration or proof of income is required. The lunches, which are to be consumed at the Library, will be served while supplies last on a first come, first served basis.
“We take our role as a community partner very seriously, and we are very excited to be able to offer this service to families in our community this summer. This program allows us to help fill the crucial nutritional needs of children in the District while also offering opportunities for literacy programming and services to those who may not have been regular Library users in the past,” says Melody E. Coleman, Administrative Librarian for the West Chicago Public Library District. “This meaningful collaboration between three committed agencies will help bridge the hunger gap this summer for children in West Chicago,” she added.
Donna Lake, communications director at the Northern Illinois Food Bank, said nearly 200,000 young people in northern Illinois face hunger.
"These children don't always know when their next meal will be," Lake said. "These programs are critical to ensuring children have the nutrition they need over the summer."
The exhibit is open to all free of charge during library hours. Tours are available at certain times. For more information about the SuperCroc Exhibit, please click here.
The Science of SuperCroc exhibit will be at Gail Borden Public Library through August 18.
Free Standard & Poor Industry Sruveys Volume 2, Feb 2013.
Handy Tech Tools
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Popular social media standbys, like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram are a good start but other free or low-cost web-based tools also have the potential to save time while boosting outreach. In this informative workshop, librarian and academic technology coordinator Ludwig explains how to use new and traditional tech tools to help you draw attention to programs and services.
Sarah Ludwig is the Library Department Chair and Academic Technology Coordinator at Hamden Hall Country Day School, CT and former teen and reference librarian at Darien Library. She is an instructor for Simmons College’s continuing education program and has spoken at both local and national conferences. She blogs for ALA TechSource and writes for VOYA's Tag Team Tech Column.
Washington, D.C.— The American Library Association would like to thank Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Jack Reed (D-RI) for their leadership in including strong provisions for effective school library programs in the Strengthening America’s Schools Act that was introduced on Tuesday. The bill is the first to recognize the role school library programs play in student learning since the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was first enacted in 1965.
Read more here!
This is an opportunity for any librarian wanting to improve their business reference skills in the area of investing for retirement:
Program INVESTMENT SUCCESS!
Building & Managing Your Retirement Portfolio
Monday, July 1, 2013 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
McCormick Place Convention Center South – S102bc
Good personal investment education is important for librarians and library staff. We are an occupational group that is rarely able to access top financial advice. In this program, investment professionals will demystify the process and help us understand essential principles and how to apply them to make better decisions to meet our retirement goals. The presentation will include a discussion of the common mistakes investors make, why we make them, and how to avoid them.
More information can be found in this flyer.
Located 22 miles SE of Jacksonville in Morgan county lies the City of Waverly, the home of Waverly Public Library. Built in 1913 with a grant of $4,500 from the Carnegie Foundation, WPL serves Waverly and surrounding communities. On Saturday, June 22nd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. there will be an opportunity to tour the library, listen to stories of the past while enjoying light refreshments. After the library open house, a 'Movie in the Park' will be shown beginning at dusk. Join us in celebration of 100 years of service, just prepare to set your watch back 40 years!
We have 5000 notices (5 boxes of 1000) from Creative Data Products (FM # 0250LIB002) we are unable to use due to the death of our printer. The notices are yours at no cost, however, you will need to pick them up.