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Renovation Underway at Skokie Public Library

This month, Skokie Public Library began construction on a renovation project, starting with the second floor. The entire project will be completed in spring 2021, but the library will remain open throughout the project. We'd like to thank our neighboring libraries for serving our patrons while our...
News from RAILS

Subscription Issues with RAILS Email Lists

Email lists hosted by RAILS, which were affected by our network outage on December 18, have been restored, though it's possible that some list subscriptions have fallen through the cracks. You can check on your subscriptions to many of our email lists by logging into the RAILS website and visiting...
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Bartlett Library Recovers from Ransomware Virus

The Bartlett Public Library District's computer systems were disabled on Saturday, November 30, 2019 by a ransomware virus. Ransomware encrypts data so that the owner loses access to all of their files and emails. No one's private information was compromised. The Library does not store sensitive...
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Quincy Public Library increases cardholders 20%

Quincy library reports library membership jumped by 20% this year to more than 18,500 cardholders By Ethan Colbert Herald-Whig QUINCY -- Despite the national narrative that libraries are obsolete relics of a bygone era, officials with the Quincy Public Library say they have witnessed a steep uptick...
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Joliet Public Library Interior Renovation Project Approved

Joliet Public Library Plans for Interior Renovation Project at Ottawa Street Branch Approved JOLIET — The Joliet Public Library is excited to announce that the Joliet City Council approved the library's plan for the renovation and modernization of the interior of its historic Ottawa Street Branch...
Ottawa Street Branch of the Joliet Public Library
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Online CE Per Capita Requirement for Public Libraries

Public library staff and trustees can meet the annual Illinois Public Library Per Capita Grant online CE requirement by viewing an approved webinar. The online CE requirement topic for FY2020 is organizational management. All of the webinars listed below have been approved by the Illinois State...
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Schaumburg Library welcomes new Executive Director

In a special meeting on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, Schaumburg Township District Library's Board of Trustees named Deputy Director Annie Miskewitch as the Library's new Executive Director. "The Board met on November 26 to discuss all options regarding finding a new Executive Director for our...
Schaumburg Library's new Executive Director, Annie Miskewitch
News from RAILS

Census Jobs Available!

The Illinois State Library and the Illinois Complete Count Commission are asking for help from libraries to publicize the availability of census jobs. Libraries can help by posting flyers made available in English and Spanish, linking to census jobs information on websites, in e-newsletters, and on...
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Community Generosity Results in Large Donation to Homeless Shelters

Rock Island, IL: Two Rock Island homeless shelters enjoyed a donation of a little extra comfort for the men, women, and children in their care, thanks to an outstanding community response to the Rock Island Public Library's November Community Comforts drive. The month-long drive collected 723 "wish...
Rock Island Reference Librarian Karrah Kuykendall and Christian Care Community Outreach Coordinator Steve Gottcent show the results of the Community Comforts drive.