Soon to Be Famous Author Update

Did You Know?

Congratulations to Joanne Zienty on being named the "Soon to be Famous Author." Zienty, of Wheaton, is the library media specialist at the Forest School Library in Des Plaines. She was awarded the honor for her book The Things We Save. The award was presented at RAILS by author David Vinjamuri. Pictured (l to r): David Vinjamuri, Executive Director Dee Brennan, and Joanne Zienty.

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RAILS Online Auction Now Open

RAILS is holding an online auction at to sell items no longer needed at our Geneva service center. The auction will open on Monday, April 14 at 7 a.m. and will end on Sunday, April 27, at 11:45 p.m.   

Available Items

Full descriptions and photographs of all items are available at

Click on the thumbnail photo to see a larger photo and description of each item

Available items include:

  • Framed artwork
  • Variety of tables, chairs, and other furniture
  • Hand carts
  • Shelving units
  • High-density storage system
  • Variety of tote bins
  • Snowthrower
  • Sprinter van (starts at only $500)
  • And much more!

Bidding on Auction Items

Bidding opens at 7 a.m. on Monday, April 14, and ends on Sunday, April 27, at 11:45 p.m. If you wish to bid on an item, you will need to create an account. An account is needed so you can receive email messages confirming your bid, when you are outbid, when you are the winning bidder, etc.

To create an account:

  • Go to
  • Select LOGIN in the upper right-hand corner
  • Select Create an Account
  • Enter a bidder name. The bidder name is the only information that will be viewable to other auction participants and you can use whatever name you like.  

To bid on an item, click on the item name and enter your bid in the blank provided. The current bid will be listed at the top of the page. The bid you enter must be higher than the current bid.  After you have entered your bid, click on the Place My Bid button.

After placing a bid, you will receive an email which confirms your bid and lets you know if you are the leading bidder. You will receive an email notifying you if someone outbids you.  You will also be notified by email if you are the winning bidder for an item.  

Picking Up and Paying for Items

Winning bidders will need to schedule an appointment to pick up their item(s) during business hours at the RAILS Geneva service center, located at:

127 South First Street
, IL 60134

To schedule an appointment for pick-up, contact:

Jaime Ramirez, Geneva Delivery Services Manager, at jaime [dot] ramirez [at] railslibraries [dot] info or by phone at 779.205.4196.

The deadline for picking up items is Friday, May 2, at 3 p.m. Pick-up is by appointment only. Payment is required at time of pick-up. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, certified check, or checks drawn on a library account.

All items are sold as is and there are no returns. RAILS will not be able to assist with any dismantling, delivery, set-up or technical support.

If you have any other questions about the RAILS Online Auction, contact:

Jaime Ramirez, Geneva Delivery Services Manager, at jaime [dot] ramirez [at] railslibraries [dot] info or by phone at 779.205.4196.

eRead Illinois Grant

Behind the Scenes

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White presents a ceremonial check to RAILS at the recent ILA conference. Pictured with Secretary White are: Dee Brennan (left), RAILS Executive Director; and RAILS Board President Kathy Parker (right). Photo courtesy of ILA and Dennis Pryber.

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Online Auction

Special Notice

RAILS is holding an online auction to sell surplus items from our former Shorewood location. The auction is now open through Sunday, October 13, at 11:59 p.m. Visit the online auction site at:

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