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Digitization project completed by the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Lenhardt Library

The Chicago Botanic Garden's Lenhardt Library is grateful to the Illinois State Library for grant funding to digitize documents of historic and cultural significance. The project is now complete and the results are viewable and searchable in the Illinois Digital Archives portal. Over the past two...
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Addison Public Library Awarded Google-Sponsored Grant to Help Job Seekers 

The Addison Public Library was recently awarded a grant to participate in the Libraries Lead with Digital Skills program, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Public Library Association (PLA) that is sponsored by Google's 'Grow with Google' initiative. The goal of the...
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Westchester Library Hosts Photo Historian Richard Cahan

Join us for another fun ZOOM program, as noted photo historian Richard Cahan discusses his book Chicago: Classic Photographs and shares images of the city going back more than a century. You won't want to miss this highly visual presentation filled with classic photographs that defy time — timeless...
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Arlington Heights Memorial Library receives state grant for makerspace building renovations

Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded the Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML) with the Live and Learn Construction Grant in the amount of $50,000. "My office is fortunate to have the opportunity to assist your library with this important infrastructure...
AHML's makerspace building
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Author and Illustrator Matthew Cordell To Visit Lake Villa District Library

Matthew Cordell, author and illustrator of Hello Neighbor! The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers , will virtually visit Lake Villa District Library on Sunday, July 26 at 2:30pm. Cordell's book, the only authorized picture-book of Fred Rogers, was selected by library staff to complement the...
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Arlington Heights Memorial Library Receives Funding to Provide Digital Skills Training

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML) was recently 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...
Grow with Google: Libraries Lead with Digital Skills
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From Aurora to Elgin - Making Sure that Everyone in Kane County Counts July 15

When: July 15, Rain Date July 17 What: Local Census car caravans will be held in both communities before meeting halfway at the Fox Valley Ice Arena, 1996 S. Kirk Rd., Geneva IL at 1 pm. The cities of Aurora and Elgin have been working diligently to get everyone counted in the 2020 Census. Together...
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'Kids are blowing us away': Oak Park summer reading

By Children's Librarians Shelley Harris and Genevieve Grove, Oak Park Public Library 5,100 challenges completed. 2,000 books read, in 285,000 minutes. 975 readers. 11,000 beads earned. AND COUNTING! Six weeks into Oak Park's new virtual summer reading program , kids are blowing us away with their...