RAILS Member Announcements
The Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library is preparing to move back into the newly renovated building at 11960 S. Pulaski Road in Alsip. The current temporary facility at 12838 S. Cicero Ave. in Alsip will officially close on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 5 p.m. Neighboring libraries (Blue Island Public Library, Chicago Ridge Public Library, Midlothian Public Library, Oak Lawn Public Library, and Palos Heights Public Library) have agreed to partner with the library and will provide service to their patrons during this period. The library hopes to reopen on Monday, February 25, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. The library's phone number will remain the same.
In celebration of this year’s Black History Month, the Waukegan Public Library will present interactive programs about Africa and showcase exhibits created by the Waukegan Historical Society profiling the rich history, culture and contributions of African Americans to the Waukegan community.
Akwaaba: Learning West African People, History and Culture through African Music is a family interactive African drumming workshop on Monday, February 4 at 6 p.m. All ages are welcome to this hands-on event focusing on the music and instruments of West Africa.
On Tuesday, February 26 at 6 p.m., Dr. Gilo Kwesi Logan will present a workshop for all ages sharing his personal liberation story stemming from 8 ½ years of travel involving 43 visits to 23 countries throughout North and Central America, the Caribbean, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East, and West Africa. Dr. Logan is a professor at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and teaches courses in Justice Studies & African and African-American studies. His multi-media presentation entitled, The Inward Journey through Ebony Eyes: Transformative Learning Through Cultural Immersion, uses video, music, artifacts, poetry, and storytelling to share his experience traveling the world.
Both of the library’s Black History Month programs are presented by S.O.U.L. Creations, a not-for-profit, community-based educational agency located in Evanston, Illinois, whose mission is to educate, empower, and validate youth through self-discovery. Dr. Logan is the founder, former executive director, and current program facilitator for S.O.U.L. Creations. He holds a doctorate in education.
In addition, a Black History Month traveling exhibit, titled “Waukegan’s African American Past,” on loan from the Waukegan Historical Society, will highlight some of the museum’s archival collections connected to individuals – both slave and free – in our local history. Exhibit topics include the Underground Railroad, the Anti-Slavery Movement, Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth, Abraham Lincoln’s early speeches about the problem of slavery, former slaves in the Union army, and notable black Waukegan citizens, including the first black Waukegan policeman and fireman. The exhibits are open through the month of February during normal library hours.
Peoria Public Library is updating the look and features of its web site at www.peoriapubliclibrary.organd is expected to launch the new site within the next week. The clean, simple design is "user centric" with content divided in some cases, such as databases, by user category. For example, students will find a tab all their own under "Research." The new look features large photos and a new header and footer. The site was redesigned after collaborating with library staff. The Peoria Public Library had a 114% increase in visits to the website in 2012 over 2011 numbers. Statistics show the 597,430 users visited the site in 2012, up from the 278,702 visits in 2011.
Free to a good home:
ALPHA Products Frame style DVD security keepers with magnetic locks. These open using the S3 hand key. Some have old Checkpoint RF security stickers on them. Currently packed in large B&T shipping boxes.
Approx. 10 boxes (50 items per box) are currently available - ultimately, we'll have nearly 3,000 to dispose of.
We might even be able to deliver them to you.
Let me know if you're intersted - please!
The Clarendon Hills Public Library will be closed 1/28-3/3 so that the library can install new carpeting, paint the interior and reconfigure the main floor. With these changes, the library hopes to provide easier access to popular materials, provide a quieter and more private space for public computer users, and create a more comfortable and pleasant library for all!
AURORA – Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has notified the Aurora Public Library it has been awarded a Public Library Construction Act grant of $10.8 million in reimbursements for construction costs.
The entire $10.8 million will be applied to the $28 million cost of a new downtown public library. Construction is set to begin this spring. Secretary White will formally present a check to the library at a ceremony in March.
“The Aurora Public Library Board of Directors and I are extremely appreciative to Secretary of State White and the Illinois General Assembly, including our local lawmakers State Senator Linda Holmes and State Representative Linda Chapa LaVia, for approving the program and releasing the funds,” said Eva Luckinbill, executive director of the Aurora Public Library. “This grant will lower the bond debt for the construction of the new library, thereby lowering the amount Aurora city property taxpayers will contribute toward the new library and other improvements to the library system.”
Luckinbill praised Bonnie Sebby, special projects librarian, for her meticulous and professional work in writing the grant and managing the application process. City of Aurora Finance Director Brian Caputo was instrumental in assisting the library with various fiscal compliance requirements for the grant.
Luckinbill said Aurora aldermen, who approved the sale of bonds for the new library in April, 2012, also deserve hearty thanks for their part in making sure the Aurora Public Library will be able to fund a state-of-the art library that is planned to open next year.
Jeffry Butler, president of the Aurora Public Library Board of Directors, said he had been cautiously optimistic about the possibility of the grant award since the library made the application last April. “I can honestly say that the new Main Library and receiving the grant is the highlight of my tenure on the board,” said Butler. “I am thrilled with the support of Mayor Tom Weisner, the city council, and library staff who have worked diligently toward the new library project. I am really looking forward to breaking ground and seeing the building start to take shape.”
The new, 92,000-square-foot Main Library will be built on the corner of River and Benton streets on a parcel of land that was purchased by the library in 2009. The firm of Cordogan Clark & Associates was chosen as the architectural firm for the project in 2010. Joining that firm on the project are R.C. Wegman Construction Company as the construction management firm, Schoppe Design Associates as the landscape architect and KDI Design Interiors as the interior design firm.
The current Main Library opened in 1904 and was built with a $50,000 grant from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The building, located on Stolp Island, was expanded in 1969.
Once the new building is completed, it is the intent of the library board to sell the current library building. The City of Aurora has the first right of refusal to purchase the property.
Public Library Construction Act Grants provide state matching funds to support design and new construction, remodeling, renovation of maintenance of public libraries in Illinois. The funding of the state’s share is made in payments for project costs upon submittal of documentation by the library. The state’s total appropriation for Construction Act Grants for 2013 was $50 million.
Bedford Park Public Library has the following items for giveaway. Please respond to bplib [at] bplib [dot] net by February 1, 2013. Please include your 3 letter code for the ILDS label.
1. 2012 Advertising Red Books - Advertisers Business Classifications & 2012 Advertising Redbooks Advertisers Indexes.
2. 2012 Illinois Services Directory
3. Consumer Sourcebook - 26th Ed. - Volume 1 -3
Must pick up.
Dictionary of art (Grove), Turner, ed., 1996 34 vols.
Encyclopedia of World Art (McGraw Hill), 1959, 17 vols.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Art, Myers, ed., 1969, 5 vols
Pictorial Dictionary of Ancient Rome, Nash, 1962, 2 vols
Encyclopedia of Sculpture, Bostrom ed., 2004, 3 vols