News from Libraries and RAILS

Library News

ADA Accessible Power Doors at the Robert Rowe Library

In our commitment to make the Robert W. Rowe Public Library welcoming and accessible to everyone, we are excited to announce the installation of ADA Power Doors at our front entrance. Thanks to Secretary of State Jesse White and a Live & Learn Accessibility Grant from the State of Illinois we...
News from RAILS

Important Information about Applying for Emergency Connectivity Funding

New window to apply starts September 28. Many RAILS member libraries are actively working to apply for the Emergency Connectivity Funding (ECF) before the deadline of August 13. One of the preliminary steps for eligible libraries to apply for this funding requires the library to establish a Billed...

Sparks Podcast Episode 34: Highwood Public Library

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Carmen Patlan, Executive Director of Highwood Public Library, about winning the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This podcast provides an excellent example of what a small library with very limited resources can do to make a...
Deirdre Brennan and Carmen Patlan
News from RAILS

Updates for Library Directory and Learning Calendar (L2)

Great news! We added several new items to L2 . The L2 support team added a "Learning Log" feature (like the Learning Report in the old L2) for self-recording attendance at non-L2 events. You can access this feature via a tab on your My Events page (Account > My Events). For example, if you...
L2 logo
Library News

Oak Park's Shelley Harris wins ILA Golden Ticket

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) Youth Services Forum has awarded Children's Librarian Shelley Harris with the 2021 Golden Ticket Award for her "outstanding local contribution" to young people through programs that "promote a love of literature and instill positive feelings about libraries."...
Oak Park Public Library Children's Librarian Shelley Harris
Library News

"News of the World" Author, Paulette Jiles - Live July 27, 7 pm

From Gail Borden Public Library - Join the author of our One Book One Community selection News of the World , Paulette Jiles, as she discusses her best-selling novel, News of the World . Please register at for this Zoom program. Bestselling novelist...