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Chillicothe Public Library District Receives Grant from Illinois State Library

October 22, 2021 Chillicothe - Library Director, Mary Aylmer, is pleased to announce Chillicothe Public Library District is a recipient of a grant award from the Illinois State Library, a department of the Illinois Secretary of State's Office. The On the Road to Recovery: Transforming Library...
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Art in public spaces: Jacob Hashimoto at Oak Park Public Library

Artist Jacob Hashimoto stopped by the Oak Park Public Library in September. While in the area for the opening of his show at a Chicago gallery, he came to Oak Park to make repairs to parts of his intricate artwork in our library's permanent art collection , an 8-by-12-foot sculptural wall piece...
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Suburban Chicago libraries host public event with TIME100 “Most Influential” author

Cathy Park Hong will discuss her bestselling book, "Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning," in a virtual conversation with Monica Eng, a reporter for Axios, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4 via Zoom. The book has been called "a ruthlessly honest, emotionally charged, and utterly original...
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ILA Board Nominations

The ILA nominating committee is seeking nominee suggestions to together what we hope will be a diverse slate of potential candidates for the election ballot. Those elected will serve a 3-year term on the ILA Board. So far no one from southern Illinois has submitted a form to nominate themselves or...
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Oak Park's Shelley Harris: Celebrating disability awareness

By Oak Park Public Library Children's Librarian Shelley Harris October is the month especially set aside to celebrate and recognize various disabilities, including Augmentative and Alternative Communication Awareness Month , something dear to my heart as my brother uses a communication device to...
News from RAILS

RAILS Launches Specialized Statewide Cataloging Support Program

We are in the process of establishing a specialized statewide cataloging support program for Illinois library system members. This service provides supplementary cataloging, particularly when original cataloging or world language cataloging is needed for the members as an outsourcing option. This...
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Oak Park hires first Director of Equity and Anti-Racism

Stephen A. Jackson has accepted the Oak Park Public Library's new full-time position of Director of Equity and Anti-Racism. His first day in this new role will be Monday, October 11. Joining a handful of public libraries with similar equity-based leadership positions, the library created this...
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Join Oak Park's virtual visit with author Michelle Kuo

Join the Oak Park Public Library on Sunday, October 24, at 2 pm for a virtual lecture and Q&A with author Michelle Kuo. Kuo's memoir, Reading With Patrick , discusses education, inequality, and incarceration, and asks, "What social transformation is necessary to change a life?" Register in Zoom...

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