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Dr. Kishonna Gray Talks "Intersectional Tech" on Deerfield Podcast

On this month's episode of the Deerfield Public Library Podcast, we have the honor of talking to Dr. Kishonna Gray , author of Intersectional Tech: Black Users in Digital Gaming. Dr. Gray is an Assistant Professor in Communication, Gender and Women's Studies, and an affiliate in Black Studies at...
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Oak Park's new manager of public safety asks, ‘How can I empower others?’

As the Oak Park Public Library's approach to public safety has evolved over the past five years, library staff member Aaron Alonzo has grown along with it. He started at the library in 2017 in a part-time role, and has since worked to become a leader in the organization. In November, Alonzo was...
Aaron Alonzo, Manager of Public Safety, Oak Park Public Library
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Lauren Rosenthal Named New Executive Director of Ela Library

The Ela Area Public Library Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of a new executive director, Lauren Rosenthal. Most recently the director of the Fox River Valley Public Library District, Rosenthal will officially take the reins of day-to-day library operations beginning January 4, 2021...
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Bartlett Library Remains Open, Deemed Essential

With the latest Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations in the Restore Illinois Plan going into effect on Nov. 20, 2020, the Bartlett Public Library District will remain open for patrons to browse collections with their Grab & Go and digital services. This is done in part due to the Board deeming the...
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Orland Park Public Library hosts Virtual Gala

The Orland Park Public Library will host a Building on Our Future Virtual Gala on Sat. Dec. 5 from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. The Gala will include a tour of the newly renovated library spaces, as well as a silent auction and raffle to raise awareness for the library's new spaces and benefit community literacy...
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Evanston Public Library Releases 101 Great Books for Kids List: 2020!

The Evanston Public Library has released its annual 101 Great Books for Kids List , a resource unique among Chicagoland library systems. The list of specially-selected children's literature from books published in 2020 is a result of the effort and collaboration of the Library's 101 Great Books for...
101 Great Books for Kids 2020
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EPL Forms Advisory Group to Ensure Collections Reflect Aspirations of Black Community

The Evanston Public Library (EPL) announces the formation of the Collection Advisory Committee, a group created to ensure the collections of the Library are more accessible and equitable for all. The group, formed with Collection Development Manager Elizabeth Bird, will aid in the acquisition of...