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Explore More Illinois Announces Contest  

Explore More Illinois , RAILS' statewide online cultural and recreation pass program, is always looking for new attractions to add to our offerings. Now you can submit attraction suggestions and win a chance at lunch for your staff. Between March 1 and May 31, submit attraction suggestions to...
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RAILS My Library Is… Grant for School Libraries: Apply for Up to $5,000 in Funding!

For the second year in a row, RAILS will be offering My Library Is... Grants for School Libraries . These grants are designed to help school libraries tell their story and advance projects for maximum visibility in their schools and communities. This year, there are some slight changes to the...
My Library Is... Campaign.
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Specialized Library Spotlight: MacArthur Foundation

Debbie Baaske, acting Member Engagement Manager talks with Elizabeth Quinlan, Foundation Librarian at the MacArthur Foundation. Liz shares how she supports the more than 170 staff of one of the largest grant making organizations in the United States. Liz, who considers herself an "Information...
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Blue Island Public Library awarded ARPA Humanities for Libraries Funding

BLUE ISLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY SELECTED FOR COMPETITIVE FEDERAL HUMANITIES GRANT $10,000 Grant Will Help the Library Recover from the Coronavirus Pandemic Blue Island, IL — Blue Island Public Library has been selected as one of 200 libraries nationwide for the American Library Association's American...
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Wanted: My Library Is... Advisory Team Members

RAILS is recruiting new members for the My Library Is... Advisory Team. These individuals will help create awareness and engage all levels of library staff. All types of library workers are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities: Help develop ways to publicize the MLI campaign and wesbite resources...
My Library Is.. Campaign.
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In Support of the AISLE Statement on Censorship

RAILS strongly supports AISLE's efforts to oppose attempts to censor or remove books from school libraries, including their recent statement on censorship: "AISLE is opposed to any attempt to force the removal of materials from school libraries. We strongly condemn recent efforts, by force or...
Library News

Latonia Jackson is Oak Park's new Manager of Teen Services

Latonia Jackson is the Oak Park Public Library's new Manager of Teen Services. Before joining the library in January, Latonia spent over 20 years working at Oak Park and River Forest High School, most recently as Outreach Coordinator. She has extensive work and volunteer experience serving teens...
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Specialized Library Spotlight: Old Town School of Folk Music–Resource Center

Debbie Baaske, acting Member Engagement Manager talks with Colby Maddox, Manager of the Resource Center at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. The collection houses over 25,000 commercial and archival recordings, videos, books, photos, documents and periodicals. The main users of the...