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Elk Grove Village Public Library Announces Elimination of Overdue Fines!

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020 the Elk Grove Village Public Library's Board of Trustees approved a new Fines Free Policy, joining other Illinois libraries in a growing national trend advocated by the American Library Association. Going forward, the Elk Grove Village Public Library (EGVPL) will no longer...
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Two Weeks Left to Apply for a RAILS My Library Is Grant

Libraries have two weeks left to apply for a My Library Is… Grant ! This program provides an opportunity for libraries to focus on projects that help tell the library story and that increase visibility and support. Libraries - working alone or with partner organizations - can apply for up to $5,000...
My Library Is... Campaign.
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Oak Park keeps conversation going over Zoom

Diverse virtual programs during building closures At the Oak Park Public Library, in-person programs and events are on hold until further notice . In the meantime, we're continuing to connect with our community through virtual programs covering a range of interests and age groups. Here's what our...
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The Building May Be Closed, but the Waukegan Public Library is Still Operational

Hello everyone. Here are some examples of how the Waukegan Public Library is still working with our patrons during this time period. · While the library is closed until further notice, we are allowing Waukegan residents to register for temporary library cards.
Waukegan Public Library building
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Joliet Junior College's LTA 102 will be held Online this Summer

Have you been considering earning your Library Technical Assistant (LTA) Certificate? This summer may be the time to start! LTA 102: Basic Information Tools examines the role of the library technical assistant in assisting in reference services by answering directional and ready-reference questions...
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Lake Villa District Library Board Hires Director

Lake Villa District Library Board of Trustees hired Mikael (Mick) Jacobsen as Library Director with a start date of Monday, May 11, 2020. Jacobsen comes to LVDL from the Zion-Benton Public Library District where he served as Director since 2018. Prior to his tenure at ZBPLD, Jacobsen was at Skokie...
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‘Not connecting isn’t an option’: Oak Park Public Library staff continue to serve

Serving Oak Park through the crisis, building closures We are living in uncertain times with a lot of fear and suffering. As library employees, we recognize this reality for ourselves, our households, our communities, and our world. And yet, even as library buildings are closed during the COVID-19...
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Episode 7 of The Check Out Podcast Features Librarian Betsy Bird

Today Evanston Public Library delivered Episode 7 of the library's podcast The Check Out featuring librarian Betsy Bird. Betsy Bird is the Collections Manager at Evanston Public Library. She is recognized nationally as an expert on children's literature and is the author of five books including...
Betsy Bird is the guest on The Check Out Podcast