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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...
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Friends of the Robert Rowe Library Used Book Sale

Stop by the Robert Rowe Library on Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4th for our annual 4th of July Used Book Sale. We have fiction, non-fiction, young adult, children's and board books for sale. All items are only .25 cents each. Fill up those book shelves. All proceeds benefit the Robert Rowe...
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My Library Is ... Are You Ready for the #FundLibraries Challenge?

From the My Library Is ... Blog: RAILS is inviting all Illinois libraries to participate in a new social media challenge. Show your support for libraries and library advocacy by building something inspiring and posting it on social media. By acting collectively, we can bring more attention to the...
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My Library Is ... Facilitating a Home Delivery Program: Challenges and Rewards

From the My Library Is ... Blog: Due to an out of state move, The Lisle Library District is saying good-bye to our amazing Home Delivery Coordinator, Winona Patterson, who has run the program since 2015. LLD's Home Delivery program began in 1993 with two patrons and one volunteer and has grown over...
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My Library Is ... My Library Is…Finally Connected!

From the My Library Is ... Blog: Waynesville is a very small, very rural community. We have an American Legion and a post office. Our younger kids go to school eight miles away. For middle school and high school it's 17 miles away. But we do have… A LIBRARY! And now? Our library is the first non-...