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News from RAILS

RAILS Top 10 Books You Always Wanted to Read (But Never Got Around To)

As the summer progresses and libraries expand services, RAILS wanted to share a top 10 list that we compiled from our staff. Thank you to everyone who contributed a title: over 30 titles were suggested! Our theme was Books You Always Wanted to Read, (But Never Got Around To). We narrowed them down...
Top 10 Books You ALways Wanted to Read (But Haven't Got Around To)
News from RAILS

RAILS Selects Three Projects for My Library Is… Grants

The Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System (RAILS) announced that three projects have been selected to receive My Library Is… Grants . These grants provide an opportunity for libraries to focus on projects that help tell the library story and that increase visibility and support for all types of...
My Library Is... Campaign
Library News

Oak Park director joins Harwood Institute board

Executive Director of the Oak Park Public Library David J. Seleb (pictured, left) has joined the board of directors of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation . He began serving on the 11-member board in June 2020, as he continues to lead the library using the Harwood Institute's "turning...
The library’s Executive Director David J. Seleb (left) with President and Founder of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation Rich Harwood (right) at the Main Library in April 2019. In June 2020, Seleb began serving on the Harwood Institute’s board of directors.
News from RAILS

Six Libraries to Join Shared Catalogs: Patrons Benefit

The Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) awarded catalog membership grants to six libraries in northern and central Illinois to join shared catalogs, including: $32,985.95 for Glenside Public Library District to join SWAN; $37,865.00 for Grayslake Area Public Library District to join CCS...
Library News

Joliet Public Library Selected for State Capital Appropriation Bill, Funding for Project Burnham

JOLIET — The Joliet Public Library is excited to announce that Project Burnham, the library's plan for the renovation of the interior of its Ottawa Street Branch at 150 North Ottawa Street, will be funded through library reserves and new state capital funding. In collaboration with State Senator...
Joliet Public Library Ottawa Street Branch
News from RAILS

RAILS Welcomes The Institute for Clinical Social Work as New Member

Please join RAILS in welcoming our newest member, The Institute for Clinical Social Work (ICSW) , located in Chicago, IL. ICSW offers graduate work in the fields of clinical social work and counseling. The library is returning as a member of the system after withdrawing in 2013. Until recently, the...
Library News

Bartlett Library to Resume Regular Operating Hours

Regular operating hours will resume at the Bartlett Public Library District starting on June 30. Library browsing, public computers and room reservations will be available for patrons, but it is unknown when in-person programming will resume. There are some general safety guidelines that people are...