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My Library Is ... Upcoming My Library Is... Online Roundtables

From the My Library Is ... Blog: Are you interested in graphic design for your library? Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a newbie to the topic, there are two events coming up that can help you unlock new possibilities! Both of these events are open to any library staff from any Illinois library...
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Board names Amy Dodson Library Director of FRVPLD

East Dundee – The Fox River Valley Public Library District Board of Trustees has named Amy Dodson as the next Executive Director to lead the library district. Dodson inherits the reins of a long-standing institution beloved by its diverse community. Her start date is Monday, August 23. "Amy brings...
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Library Technology Assistants at Evanston Public Library Offer Helping Hands -- and More.

The tech desk, part of the Innovation and Digital Learning department, has always been on the front lines of the Evanston Public Library's service to the community. Located on the Main Library's third floor, its team is tasked with assisting patrons in using the computers, printers, and other...
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PCs for People – Affordable Technology at Chillicothe Public Library District

Chillicothe Public Library District is partnering with PCs for People to help get low-cost computers and affordable internet into the homes of qualifying individuals. PCs for People, a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging the digital divide, refurbishes used technology and then provides it...
PCs for People at Chillicothe Public Library. Affordable technology and internet for income-eligible individuals.
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My Library Is ... Partnering with the Parks Department to Inspire a Community

From the My Library Is ... Blog: As a youth services programmer this year has been tough. Severe restrictions on space ensured an inability to fully engage and collaborate in person throughout the pandemic. This restricted access made it difficult to feel connected to the community my library...
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Little Black Library: Shaping Communities Through Accessible Representation

A young Black girl enters her local public library. Her eyes dart between shelves, scanning for picture books that excite her. Book after book, she searches for a main character who looks like her. The problem is, these aren't always easy to find. She doesn't know that there are more picture books...
Image of "Little Black Library" Display in at the Lansing Public Library (IL)
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4th (almost annual) Dog Days of Summer at Crest Hill Branch

The Crest Hill Branch is going to the dogs in the largest dog-themed, dog adoption event at a public library in the United States! We'll use our extensive outdoor yard to feature a variety of rescue organizations, veterinary services, and small business retailers, as well as Library-related...
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White Oak Author Tour Presents: Amy Kinzer Steidinger

Join us Tuesday, June 22, 2021 in-person at the Crest Hill Branch or online from home for a presentation by local author Amy Kinzer Steidinger. Steidinger's most recent book is Joliet Prison Blues: A Century of Stories, and last year she published Old Joliet Prison: When Convicts Wore Stripes. Lots...