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Bartlett Library Updates Hours and Services Available to Public

On Monday, Oct. 19, the Bartlett Public Library District Board of Trustees voted in favor of reducing the Library's hours in which it is open to the public. This will be re-evaluated at the January Board Meeting. Temporary hours for Oct. 26, 2020 – Jan. 18, 2021: Monday – Thursday: 12 to 8 pm...
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Gwendolyn Brooks Library Announces 23rd Black Writers Conference

We are pleased and excited to invite everyone to the 23rd Black Writers Conference . This year it is a free and virtual conference that brings writers and artists together to celebrate creativity. "Quite a time for Loving" is the theme of the conference and much needed in this COVID environment...
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The Check Out Podcast Features Karen Danczak Lyons

Evanston Public Library Executive Director Karen Danczak Lyons is on the latest episode of The Check Out podcast from Evanston Public Library. Karen has been at the helm of the Library since 2012 after nearly two decades in the Chicago Public Library system. In this conversation, we explore how the...
News from RAILS

RAILS Welcomes Arbor Park SD 145 as New Member

Please join RAILS in welcoming our newest member, Arbor Park School District 145 , located in Oak Forest, IL. The school district is made up of one middle school and three elementary schools. The district serves approximately 1,272 students. As a new member of RAILS, the school district will now...
Image credit: Arbor Park SD 145.
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Palatine Library Receives Grant and Awards Renovation Contracts

Palatine Library District was recently awarded a Public Library Construction Act Grant in the amount of $1,841,568.05 from the Illinois State Library, a division of the office of Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian. Palatine Library applied for this grant in April 2020, after the...
New Lobby rendering
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Take Another Look: Original Video Series for Banned Books Week

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML) produced an original video series in celebration of Banned Books Week 2020 (Sept. 27-Oct. 3) and the freedom to read. Each of the three videos featured a banned book or titles and the voice of an AHML staff member or community partner sharing their...
Quote by George Orwell highlighting Banned Books Week
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Never Too Late: Author to Discuss Mom's Philosophy of Living Fully

What happens when a 93-year-old tries ice climbing for the first time? Find out on October 21 at 2:00 pm, in this live virtual event hosted by Chillicothe Public Library. Íeda Jónasdóttir Herman lived a full and active life into her nineties, fueled by the philosophy that it's never too late to try...
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Casting a Historic Vote: Suffrage in Illinois

The course of justice rarely runs smooth, and the path to women's suffrage in Illinois was no exception. Explore the trail with anthropologist Jeanne Schultz Angel in a virtual event at 6:30 p.m. on October 19, hosted by Chillicothe Public Library and produced in part by Illinois Humanities Road...
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Oak Park library partnering to give new books to people who need them most

With funding from the Illinois State Library , the Oak Park Public Library has launched an initiative to distribute new, free books to community members who are most in need of resources. Recipients will be able to keep these books forever and use them to build their home libraries. This new grant-...