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Library News

Library Launching Local Music Streaming Platform

A suburban library is launching a new project that aims to assist local musicians and potentially foster a new type of music community. The Streamwood-based Poplar Creek Poplar Creek Library calls the program, SOUNDWAVE.The initiative utilizes a digital platform called MUSICat, that allows...
News from RAILS

Explore More Illinois Welcomes Its First Out-Of-State Attractions

Explore More Illinois, RAILS' cultural and recreation pass, is happy to welcome three Kenosha, Wisconsin attractions to its offerings. This will now allow Illinois public library cardholders to receive discounts on admissions, gift stores purchases, as they travel not only across Illinois but...
News from RAILS

Add Your Library Hours and Holidays to L2

RAILS requests that libraries update their hours and holidays on L2. As much as possible, RAILS bases our holidays on member library holidays so that we are able to provide delivery and other services when libraries are open. Library directors and other employees with "edit" access can add your...
News from RAILS

Add Your Library Hours and Holidays to L2

RAILS requests that libraries update their hours and holidays on L2. As much as possible, RAILS bases our holidays on member library holidays so that we are able to provide delivery and other services when libraries are open. Library directors and other employees with "edit" access can add your...
Podcast

Sparks Podcast Episode 35: "My Library Is ..." School Grants

Audio: RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Heather Perhach (CUSD #5 in Streator), Andrea Perrin (CCSD #50 in Gurnee), and Emily Porter (CCSD #299 in Chicago), who have all received My Library Is… grants for their school libraries. Each is working on projects that focus on equity,...
Deirdre Brennan, Andrea Perrin, Emily Porter, and Heather Perhach.
News from RAILS

RAILS welcomes new member!

Please join RAILS in welcoming our newest member, St. Frances of Rome school . St. Frances of Rome is a private Catholic school located in Cicero, IL and serves Preschool-8th grade. The school recently received a grant and was able to acquire all new shelving, furniture, and computer equipment. As...
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News from RAILS

Participate in a Town Hall to Help Shape the Future Direction of RAILS

Edit October 19: Academic, School, and Specialized Libraries Needed We have received very little feedback so far from academic, school, and specialized libraries , and hope that staff from these libraries will be able to participate in the second round along with their public library colleagues. We...
News from RAILS

RAILS Seeks School Library Staff Member to Fill Open Board Position

Due to a resignation from our board, RAILS is looking for a RAILS school library staff member to fill the remainder of a term that ends on June 30, 2023. The successful candidate will be asked to actively participate in 11 board meetings per year, either in person at a RAILS location or via Zoom (...

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