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LACONI TSS: Technical Services Unconference

Friday, July 15, 2022 9:45 – 12:00 Zoom Meeting Registration is required for everyone attending: The Unconference will cover three topics for Technical Services staff: Performance Evaluations, Staffing and...
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Hometown Public Library Director Retires After 29 Years

The Hometown Public Library board and staff would like to take this opportunity to thank head librarian, Annette Selmeister, for her years of dedicated service and wish her well in retirement. Annette has worked at the library since 1993 performing all required functions to keep things running...
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Retirement Party for Director Patricia Smith on June 20

We would like to invite RAILS members to the Robert W. Rowe Public Library for a Retirement Party in honor of Director Patricia Smith. The celebration will be Monday, June 20th, noon-3:30pm at 120 E. Si Johnson Avenue, Sheridan Illinois. Smith is retiring after serving the community for over two...
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Galena Library Hosts Program Series Focusing on Pride

The Galena Public Library plans to host a series of programming for adults and teens focusing on LGBTQ+ topics and history. These programs will be presented in a variety of formats including in-person, virtual, and hybrid. Visit to register unless stated...
Left: Dr. Pip Gordon, Top right: Robert W. Fieseler, Bottom right: K Kriesel
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Galena Library Sponsors Community Pride Picnic

We are very excited to announce Galena's 2nd Annual Pride Picnic in Grant Park on June 11th, 2022 from noon-5pm. The event will be organized and run solely by volunteers and the Galena Public Library District, a local non-profit organization. The City of Galena continues to evolve as a safe space...
Picnic goers enjoy the first ever Galena Pride Picnic in 2021!
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Silvis Public Library, LTC Grant Recipient, Again!

The Silvis Public Library has been selected as one of only 100 libraries to receive funding in the third round of the Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and...
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2022-2023 Illinois Libraries Present Membership Enrollment Now Open!

Illinois Libraries Present is almost done with our pilot and is launching our first full season. Thank you to the 192 libraries that participated in the pilot. We look forward to continuing this partnership in our first full season. To those that missed the pilot, we hope to see you as members in...
Marlee Matlin picture with I'll Screm Later book cover and Wednesday, September 14 at 7pm
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La Grange Public Library Receives $25,000 Experiential Learning Grant

The La Grange Public Library is excited to announce the receipt of a $25,000 experiential learning grant used for the purchase of a mobile kitchen unit, 11 sewing machines, 11 ukuleles and a Meeting OWL Pro, a 360-degree conferencing camera. The new equipment will be used to create interactive...
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Retirement Reception for Director Kathryn I. Martens Set for May 15

The Crystal Lake Public Library Board and staff invite the RAILS community to a farewell reception honoring retiring Library Director Kathryn I. Martens. The reception will be held from 2-4 pm Sunday, May 15 at Crystal Lake Public Library, 126 Paddock St., Crystal Lake. Martens is retiring after...