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Ted Bodewes to be New Director at Thomas Ford Memorial Library

"The Thomas Ford Memorial Library Board is pleased to announce that Ted Bodewes has accepted the position of Director of Thomas Ford," stated Amanda Smith, Board President. She noted that, "Under the guidance of Anne Kozak, the Library Board of Trustees approached the hiring process with careful...
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Courses from Library Juice Academy

Library Juice Academy announces upcoming online courses. These courses can be viewed at any time via Library Juice Academy's online platform and you can participate as your schedule allows. Courses involve reading assignments, offline activities, and class participation. Most classes are four weeks...
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ARRT Program: Becoming the Face of RA

Learn how libraries can successfully engage and connect with patrons to provide RA services with a personal touch, even in virtual spaces. Join us for a panel presentation featuring: Polli Kenn, Readers' Services Coordinator at the Lawrence Public Library Melissa Doornbos, Public Relations Manager...
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Messenger N. Aurora Library Featured on FVTV Program

The Messenger Public Library of North Aurora Illinois ( was featured on the Fox Valley TV (FVTV) program "Fox Valley in Focus" that is produced at their studios at the Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Messenger's Administrator Kevin Davis was interviewed by the...
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Messenger Library West Wing Renovation Project Slate to Begin Fall 2016

The Messenger Public Library Board of Trustees on Friday July 22nd announced plans to undertake the interior renovation of the west wing of the library building at 113 Oak St. in North Aurora. The Board and Staff began discussions and planning for this project in the spring of 2013. The west wing...
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Gridley Public Library District "Celebrating 100 Years!"

Gridley Public Library was started in 1916 by women of the Community Welfare Club. This summer we are celebrating 100 years of providing library service to the Gridley community! We have a service population of 2,113 and over 23,000 items in the library. The Telephone Museum of Gridley and the...
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Teen Librarian of the Year

Ela Area Public Library's Becca Boland has been named the 2016 recipient of the Illinois Library Association's (ILA) Young Adult Librarian of the Year Award. The award, presented by ILA and the Young Adult Services Forum, recognizes an Illinois Young Adult Librarian who is making an outstanding...
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Galena PL Summer Wrap-Up

The Galena Public Library was very excited to create a new spin on our Summer Reading Program this year. We wanted to infuse the new and the old and create a single program for all of our patrons. The result was #GalenaReads. The program, which kicked off on June 1st with a magic show for all ages...
#GalenaReads Kicks off!