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Spotlight on Specialized Libraries: Kane County Law Library and Self Help Legal Center

Debbie Baaske, acting Member Engagement Manager talks with Halle Cox, Director at the Kane County Law Library and Self Help Legal Center. Halle shares how the library serves the lawyers and judges, as well as the general public. She says approximately 85% of their users are the general public. They...
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Green Hills Library Digitizes Local History Archive

Sixty years ago, residents of Hickory Hills and Palos Hills were discussing creating libraries to serve their communities, and it soon became clear that the best way to support this goal was to go at it together. On December 8, 1962, GHPLD was officially formed, and in 2022, the Green Hills Public...
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New Year’s Greeting from Deirdre Brennan, RAILS Executive Director

Happy New Year to all RAILS members and other colleagues from the RAILS Board and staff! As I look back on 2021, I am so impressed at how all of our member libraries of all types and sizes continued to offer vital services to their communities despite the ongoing pandemic. Thank you for all you do...
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RAILS Delivery Delays

Recently, members may have experienced delayed or missed deliveries from RAILS. We are truly sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. As summer and fall came to an end, we began to see a rise in the volume of library materials passing through delivery. Though this happens every year, the added...
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Specialized Library Spotlight: American Hospital Association

Debbie Baaske talks with Brenda Stenger, the director of the American Hospital Association Resource Center. Brenda discusses how the resource center serves the organization and outside uses, and how demand has grown during the pandemic. She also shares some great ways that she's marketed the...
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Joliet Public Library Announces James R. Johnston Meeting Rooms Pavilion at Black Road Branch

JOLIET- The Joliet Public Library Board of Trustees recently announced the three large meeting rooms at the Black Road Branch will be named after former Executive Director, James (Jim) R. Johnston. The Board also passed a new Naming Rights Policy to recognize those who have supported the Library...
James R. Johnston Meeting Rooms Pavilion
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East Dundee resident wins Celebrate Diversity Art Contest at FRVPLD

The first-place winner of the Fox River Valley Public Library District's Celebrate Diversity Art Contest is Dana Maynard-Tatge of East Dundee. The winning submission is entitled "Patterns of the Land," a 1920s topographic map overlaid with patterns that represent the cultural heritages of the...
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The seventh annual Galena LitFest will take place January 11-22, 2022. LitFest has continued to grow each year and has hosted bestselling authors and aspiring writers from throughout the tri-state region and beyond. Since the move into the virtual realm, the festival has gained a global audience...