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Niles-Maine District Library Wins John Cotton Dana Award

The Niles-Maine District Library is a recipient of the American Library Association's John Cotton Dana Award for excellence in library public relations and strategic communication. The award recognized the Library's Best. Deal. Ever! library card campaign and was accompanied by a $10,000 grant. "I'...
Executive Director Susan Dove Lempke and Public Relations and Marketing Supervisor Sasha Vasilic with the $10,000 check and plaque.
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Sycamore Public Library Window Restoration is Complete

The restoration of Sycamore Library's 115 year-old Carnegie building windows—which began in March—is now complete! In addition to the windows, the crown, the pediment, and the metal letters on the pediment were also restored, and repairs were completed on several concrete window sills in the...
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A Pandemic Summer Yet Programs for Teens Go On in Unique Ways at Evanston Public Library

While it may be more challenging to run traditional summer camps this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Evanston Public Library continues to offer a wide variety of summer programming for teens. The new virtual summer lineup features activities including arts and crafts, music and movie groups...
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A Pandemic Summer Yet Programs for Teens Go On in Unique Ways at Evanston Public Library

While it may be more challenging to run traditional summer camps this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Evanston Public Library continues to offer a wide variety of summer programming for teens. The new virtual summer lineup features activities including arts and crafts, music and movie groups...
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Vernon Area Library building to remain closed

Vernon Area Public Library will continue building capacity for online and curbside services and will not open the building to the public in the near future -- a course recommended by library administrators and affirmed by the library board of trustees at their regular meeting on July 20, 2020. The...
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Oak Park: 'Fun, familiar, safe' summer reading

To keep everyone safe and reading for fun, the Oak Park Public Library has gone virtual with this year's summer reading program. And while it looks different this year, kids and families are still getting the tangible benefits of reading and earning prize beads. 'The bead delivery was so joyful in...
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Chillicothe Public Library to Host Drive-In Movie, John Lewis: Good Trouble

Chillicothe, IL – Chillicothe Public Library is offering a free drive-in/walk-in outdoor screening of the new documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble on August 3. Partnering with Chillicothe Park District, which is providing the screening equipment, the library hopes this event will give local...
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Chillicothe Public Library Receives Funding to Provide Digital Skills Training

Chillicothe, IL – Chillicothe Public Library has been selected to participate in Libraries Lead with Digital Skills, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Public Library Association (PLA), sponsored by Grow With Google, the tech company's economic opportunity initiative...

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