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Oak Park appoints Lori Pulliam as interim director

The Oak Park Public Library Board of Trustees has appointed Lori Pulliam, the library's current Director of Public Services and Programs, as the library's interim executive director. Pulliam steps into the library's top leadership role most recently held by David J. Seleb, who retired after his 30-...
Continuing Education Opportunity

JJC LTA Online Open House

On this Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 pm, join your professors and advisor online via Zoom to learn more about the Library Technical Assistant (LTA) Certificate Program at Joliet Junior College (JJC). Register here: The LTA Certificate Program at JJC...
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Celebrating 150 Years of Free Public Libraries in lllinois!

As part of our 150th anniversary celebration as a free public library in 2022, we worked with the Quad City Times and Dispatch-Argus to place a guest editorial about the importance of March 7, 1872 in public library history. Your can find the article on the March 3, 2022 opinion page of the Quad...
Commemorative library card for RIPL 150th year celebration
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"Respect the Mic" at Oak Park library March 10

On Thursday, March 10, at 7 pm, the Oak Park Public Library will host a celebration of 20 years of poetry from students and alumni of Oak Park and River Forest High School's Spoken Word Club . Join us for author readings that are 'electric and expansive' English and Spoken Word Club Teacher Peter...
News from RAILS

Explore More Illinois Announces Contest  

Explore More Illinois , RAILS' statewide online cultural and recreation pass program, is always looking for new attractions to add to our offerings. Now you can submit attraction suggestions and win a chance at lunch for your staff. Between March 1 and May 31, submit attraction suggestions to...
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RAILS My Library Is… Grant for School Libraries: Apply for Up to $5,000 in Funding!

For the second year in a row, RAILS will be offering My Library Is... Grants for School Libraries . These grants are designed to help school libraries tell their story and advance projects for maximum visibility in their schools and communities. This year, there are some slight changes to the...
My Library Is... Campaign.
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Specialized Library Spotlight: MacArthur Foundation

Debbie Baaske, acting Member Engagement Manager talks with Elizabeth Quinlan, Foundation Librarian at the MacArthur Foundation. Liz shares how she supports the more than 170 staff of one of the largest grant making organizations in the United States. Liz, who considers herself an "Information...
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Blue Island Public Library awarded ARPA Humanities for Libraries Funding

BLUE ISLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY SELECTED FOR COMPETITIVE FEDERAL HUMANITIES GRANT $10,000 Grant Will Help the Library Recover from the Coronavirus Pandemic Blue Island, IL — Blue Island Public Library has been selected as one of 200 libraries nationwide for the American Library Association's American...
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Wanted: My Library Is... Advisory Team Members

RAILS is recruiting new members for the My Library Is... Advisory Team. These individuals will help create awareness and engage all levels of library staff. All types of library workers are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities: Help develop ways to publicize the MLI campaign and wesbite resources...
My Library Is.. Campaign.