Congrats Bertolet Memorial Library

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Congratulations to PrairieCat member Bertolet Memorial Library on being awarded a RAILS grant to upgrade the library's catalog. RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan presented a ceremonial check to the library in January. Read more.

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Pictured (front, l to r): June Rowland, staff; Julie Voss, staff; Carolyn Wagner, staff; Ardis Kump, Board Treasurer; Dee Brennan, RAILS Executive Director; Larry Wagner, Board President; Linda Schreiber, Library Director. (back) Willem Dijstelbergen, Board Vice President; Cheryl Campbell, former Library Director; and Raina Dyck, staff.

Congratulations Mount Morris PL

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Congratulations to Mount Morris Public Library, a PrairieCat member, on receiving a grant from RAILS to upgrade the library's catalog. Read more.


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Pictured (Front, l to r): Julie Robinson, Library Foundation President; Becky McCanse, Library Director, and RAILS Executive Director Dee Brennan. (middle, l to r): Mary Jane Warkins, Library Foundation Board Member; Kathy Heid, Trustee; Holly Peterson, Trustee; Sandy Armbruster, Paula Diehl, and Mary Gardner, Library Foundation Board Members. (back, l to r): Philip Labash, Trustee; John Finfrock, Trustee; Bruce McKanna, Board President.

Lisle Library Celebrates 50 Years

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Lisle Library District is kicking off its 50th anniversary celebration with special "golden tickets" that are hidden in materials throughout the library. Patrons who find the tickets may redeem them for prizes. The library posted this article to the RAILS website that outlines other planned anniversary activities.

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RAILS Funding Update

RAILS recently received four payments toward its FY2015 (July 2014 - June 2015) Area and Per Capita Grant award. RAILS has now received a total of $5,589,109.95, or 56.6 percent, of the total FY2015 grant.

RAILS also received a quarterly grant payment of $164,055.50 for the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center. RAILS has now received 75% of our FY2015 funding for this program.

Many thanks to Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, Illinois State Library Director Anne Craig, and colleagues at the Illinois State Library for their continued support for RAILS and for the Talking Book program.