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Explore More Illinois Welcomes Rockford Art Museum!

Explore More Illinois, RAILS' online cultural and recreational pass program for Illinois libraries, welcomes its newest attraction, Rockford Art Museum in Rockford! Rockford Art Museum boasts a diverse yet concise collection, acclaimed modern galleries, a museum store, office, studios, and...
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Oak Park hires new director, Joslyn Bowling Dixon

The Oak Park Public Library Board of Trustees is thrilled to formally announce its unanimous vote to hire Joslyn Bowling Dixon as the library's next executive director. Joslyn accepted the position and begins her new role Monday, November 7. The board voted unanimously to hire Joslyn at a meeting...
Headshot of new Oak Park Public Library Executive Director Joslyn Bowling Dixon
News from RAILS

Help with RAILS' Executive Director Search

RAILS is working with Bradbury Miller Associates (BMA) on our Executive Director search. BMA has existed since 1983 as an executive search firm dedicated to helping libraries find leaders. BMA is inviting all staff and trustees at all RAILS member libraries of all types (academic, public, school,...
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CASL is now ISLN

The Chicago Area Solo Librarians (CASL) networking group recently announced a formal name change. The group will now be known as the Illinois Solo Librarians Network (ISLN) . This change is being made to reflect new participation and interest from solo librarians throughout the state. The group was...
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Explore More Illinois Welcomes Governor John Wood Mansion!

Explore More Illinois, RAILS' online cultural and recreational pass program for Illinois libraries, welcomes its newest attraction, Governor John Wood Mansion from the Historical Society of Quincy & Adams County in Quincy! Once the home of John Wood, Quincy's founder and Illinois' 12th Governor...
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Alpha Park Public Library Selected for Digital Literacy Grant

Alpha Park Public Library is among over 160 public libraries nationwide awarded funding by the Public Library Association (PLA) to conduct digital literacy workshops using Digitallearn.org resources. The PLA Digital Literacy Workshop Incentive , supported by AT&T, provides support to libraries...
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Explore More Illinois Welcomes DuPage Children’s Museum

Explore More Illinois, RAILS' online cultural and recreational pass program for Illinois libraries, welcomes its newest attraction, DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville! Spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and make new discoveries with a visit to DuPage Children's Museum. Explore, create, build...
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Library News

Alpha Park Public Library Welcomes Its New Director

Alpha Park Public Library officially welcomed its new director, Amy Harris on Monday, August 29, 2022. Director Harris recently relocated to the Peoria area, and brings with her exemplary experience working in libraries across the United States, including in Colorado and Virginia. In Colorado,...
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Explore More Illinois Welcomes Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Explore More Illinois, RAILS' online cultural and recreational pass program for Illinois libraries, welcomes its newest attraction, Elgin Symphony Orchestra in Elgin! Since its founding in 1950, the organization has developed a reputation for artistic excellence, innovative programming, and a deep...
Logo with a horn Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Library News

Glenview Public Library to Host "A Conversation on Censorship"

On Tuesday, September 20, GPL will host "A Conversation on Censoship," an event to honor the American Library Association's Banned Books Week. Each year in September, the American Library Association (ALA) sponsors Banned Books Week (September 18-24, 2022) to spotlight current and historical...

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