RAILS Member Announcements
We all know the importance of marketing and promoting our programs. The hardest part is often finding the time and creativity to do it. In this workshop we are going to share practical tips and tricks on how to improve your marketing strategy. From social media presence to old fashioned word-of-mouth you won’t want to miss this alluring workshop.
Event: Outreach Programs & Promotion Event: 50 Shades of Marketing
Time: March 15, 2013 beginning 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Woodridge Public Library
LACONI Members: $17
For complete agenda and directions click here
To attend, please register online or by sending payment to Amita Lonial at Skokie Public Library by Friday, March 8. Registration includes light breakfast, lunch, and presentations.
To join LACONI, complete the registration form.
Presented by RAILS Marketing Group
Visitors of the Palatine Public Library District are discovering a new time-saving option for checking out library materials. Introduced in December 2012, and recently expanded, Express Checkout is fast becoming a popular, time-saving, and convenient option for patrons on the go.
There are two Express Checkout stations on the first floor of the Main Library (near the central staircase), another station on the second floor near the Reference Desk, and one in the Children’s Department. Staff is finding that children are especially enjoying the fun of checking out their own books and learning something new.
To use Express Checkout, users scan their Library card, enter their account PIN and follow the easy touch-screen prompts to check out books, audiobooks, and magazines. CDs and DVDs in security cases will still need to be checked out in the AV Department. Library staff is available to introduce the service and answer questions.
“Express Checkout conveniently provides our patrons with the option of a quick transaction, shorter lines, and more independence in managing their accounts,” states Circulation Manager Jose Maldonado.
Patrons can review their account details, renew items, and confirm or cancel holds. After checking out materials the system will give users a choice to receive a printed receipt or have one sent to their email. Patrons will soon be able to use the Express Checkout stations to pay overdue charges with a credit or debit card, too.
This service provides another way for Palatine Public Library District visitors to choose which option works best for their individual needs.
For Sale. Two smaller (child) bean bag chairs. Exterior is a type of of "pleather" material. $75 each. Like new.
For pick-up only.
Publisher sent us 2 copies. We only need 1. Please contact me if interested.
During the entire month of March, the Waukegan Public Library will take $1 off overdue fines for each nonperishable item patrons donate to a local food pantry. Library patrons should bring donations to the customer service desk, where staff will collect the items and adjust their fines. All donations go to COOL Ministries food pantry in Waukegan.
“We are excited to partner with COOL Ministries again and help those in need. Patrons will be ensuring good food is available to the hungry in our community while bringing their accounts back into good standing,” said Richard Lee, executive director. The focus of the drive is on food items, but the pantry’s wish list includes beverages, baby formula, diapers, paper towels and toiletries.
In 2012, the Library collected 6,049 pounds of nonperishable items for the COOL Ministries food pantry during the month of February and waived a total of $4,768.35 in library overdue fines. The food drive only applies to overdue items and does not apply to fees from interlibrary loan fees or lost or damaged items. Donations will be accepted at both the main library and the Hinkston Park branch. Call Rena Morrow at (847) 623-2041, ext. 231, with any questions about the Food for Fines drive.
Illinois Valley Community College will hold ‘The Great Book Giveaway” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 in C-316.
Through a recent inventory IVCC’s Jacobs Library will make books available to the local community free of charge. Donations will be accepted on behalf of the IVCC Support Staff Service Project to establish an Emergency Student Living Needs Fund.
The public is invited to visit IVCC and browse for reading material. There will be a variety of items including books, videos and audio books. Book dealers are welcome between 1 and 2 p.m.
This event is open to the public. For information contact Kim Herout (815) 224-0480 or Frances Whaley (815) 224-0263.
Fremont Public Library will be offering the following free workshop for teachers, librarians, and others interested in technology:
"Connect, Create, Collaborate: Working in the Cloud With Web Apps"
Presented by Ruth Sinker, Technology Support Specialist at Skokie School District 73.5.
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 (a light breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m.)
Address: 1170 N. Midlothian Rd., Mundelein, IL (2nd floor meeting room)
2.5 CPDU credits will be awarded.
Registration required. Register online at www.fremontlibrary.org (click on "Events Calendar"), by phone at 847-918-3218, or in person at the Youth Services desk on the 1st floor. Registration closes Saturday, March 23.
Adults only, please.
The Illinois Central College Library is one of more than 840 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The materials grant includes 25 books, a one-year subscription to a database and three DVD movies. The program aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.
The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf includes the following titles, organized by theme:
- A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed
- Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford
- The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, edited by Edward E. Curtis IV
- Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel
- The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson
- The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili
- In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh
- When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East” by Stewart Gordon
- Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf, translated by Peter Sluglett
- The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal
- Minaret by Leila Aboulela
- The Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy
- The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi
- Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
- Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely
Pathways of Faith:
- Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown
- The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson
- The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters
- The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter
- Rumi: Poet and Mystic, edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson
Points of View:
- In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
- Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
- Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
- House of Stone by Anthony Shadid
- Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
Art Architecture and Film:
- The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter
- Islamic Arts by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair
- Islamic Art Spots (short films designed, written, and presented by D. Fairchild Ruggles, and produced by Twin Cities Public Television)
- Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (2011)
- Prince Among Slaves (2007)
- Koran by Heart (2011)
The books and films comprising the Bookshelf were selected with the advice of librarians and cultural programming experts, as well as distinguished scholars in the fields of anthropology, world history, religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, world literature, Middle East studies, Southeast Asian studies, African studies, and Islamic studies.
The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Major support for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
For more information about these materials at the library, contact ICC’s Outreach and Reference Librarian Michelle Nielsen Ott at 309.694-5617.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced that the Midlothian Public Library is among 842 libraries and state humanities councils to be awarded the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a collection of books, films, and other resources intended to introduce the public to the complex history and culture of Muslims in the United States and around the world.
Developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association (ALA), the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is meant to address both the need and desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations. As a participating library, Midlothian Library will receive a collection of books and other materials and access for one year to Oxford Islamic Studies Online.
“We believe that the public library is in a unique position as a neutral resource to provide information and foster dialog among different cultures to encourage understanding, defuse myths, and strengthen communities,” says Library Director Mary Beth Sharples.