Past Multitype Collaborative Grants

The past recipients of the RAILS grant programs can be found here. A brief timeline of RAILS grants to members:

  • 2017-2018 - Multitype Collaborative Grants
  • 2018-2020 - Partnership Grants
  • 2020 - My Library Is... Grants
  • 2021 - current - My Library Is... Grants for School Libraries

Past My Library Is... for School Libraries Recipients

March 2021

Recipient:

Alan B. Shepard Middle School

Project Description:

With specific parts of the library remaining off-limits due to the pandemic, the Alan B. Shepard Middle School will build a digital twin for its Learning Commons. Using funds to acquire a platform called Matterport, the virtual learning commons will allow users to explore the space and learn more about resources available to all students.

Recipient:

Batavia High School

Project Description:

The best solution for addressing social emotional wellness is to offer multiple avenues for students to access reliable information and resources when they need it. With grant funds, Batavia High School will purchase an e-book collection of resources to support the mental wellness of students.

Recipient:

Beach Park Community Consolidated School District 3

Project Description:

By using grant funds to create a StoryWalk®, Beach Park Community Consolidated School District 3 seeks to help families bond and talk about literatures while they exercise. Working together with the local public library, park district, and a community health task force, the school district will add titles to support StoryWalk® materials.

Recipient:

Curie Metropolitan High School

Project Description:

After identifying a gap in the collection, Curie Metropolitan High School will use grant funds to establish a World Language collection of books in the following languages: Spanish, French, Mandarin, Polish and Arabic. Additionally, funds will be spent to help promote the new collection via print and digital materials.

Recipient:

Deer Creek-Mackinaw CUSD #701

Project Description:

Deer Creek-Mackinaw CUSD #701 will use grant funds to purchase four 3D printers. Working cooperatively with teachers, this project will expose students to new technologies and the opportunity to explore non-curricular interests.

Recipient:

Durand CUSD #322

Project Description:

Durand CUSD #322, which serves as both the local school and public library, will use grant funds to purchase new materials and to help promote the availability of library services for all community members. The plan for the library includes specifically targeting families with preschool children.

Recipient:

Kaneland High School

Project Description:

To help stir the motivation for students to read non-curricular materials, Kaneland High School will create a competition with The Million Words Book Club. The library will use funds to create promotion material and software to help track student reading.

Recipient:

Kankakee SD 111

Project Description:

Kankakee SD 111 will partner with Kankakee Public Library to host a Young Authors Contest. The grant funds will to towards creating promotional materials including bookmarks, posters, and stickers.

Recipient:

Lockport School District 91

Project Description:

Lockport School District 91 will parter with KGTV, a school webcast technology, to provide videocasts/vlogs to students around e-books and virtual book talks. Grant funds will be spent on technology which will students to more easily create excitement around reading and book exploration.

Recipient:

Prospect Heights School District 23

Project Description:

Prospect Heights School District will use grant funds to participate in eRead Illinois, a cooperative e-book program. This will allow students district-wide access to e-books and audiobooks that they would not otherwise be able to purchase individually.

Recipient:

Reed-Custer CUSD 255U

Project Description:

Reed-Custer CUSD 255U seeks to upgrade their current collection especially to add nonfiction titles. Having estimated a current average publication year of 2000, the district will look forward to new, relevant resources for their students.

Recipient:

Woodland CUSD 5

Project Description:

Woodland CUSD 5 will use grant funds to purchase "mirror" books (books that reflect ourselves and our own culture in the world) and/or e-content. These titles will be promoted on their social media pages, local media, and within the building to get the community reading about their own culture, the culture of their community, and the cultures of others.

Recipient:

Woodland Middle School

Project Description:

For several years, Woodland Middle School has been working on increasing the diversity of their collection. Under the title of the MOSAIC Initiative, the school will use this grant to purchase promotion materials to help students learn more about cultures, ethnic groups and languages that coexist in a society.

Recipient:

Zion School District 6

Project Description:

As a new PK-2 dual language school, East Elementary School will be utilizing their collection in ways previous not done. The school will use the collection to purchase new materials and promote the new collection to families in their district.

Podcast

Several My Library Is… Grants for School Libraries recipients were featured on the Sparks Podcast Episode 35: "My Library Is ..." School Grants. That podcast is available for download or as a video (see below).


Past My Library Is... Grant Recipients

July 2020

Recipient:

Evanston Public Library

Project Description:

Through the Racial Equity Outreach Video Series, Evanston Public Library aims to increase its visibility amongst historically marginalized communities; raise awareness of all the resources that are available; and engage in deeper conversations with underrepresented voices in our community. One of EPL's primary goals is to remove as many barriers as possible for equitable access to the Library's materials, programs, and resources.

Recipient:

Gerber/Hart Library & Archives

Project Description:

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives offers collections and programming that reflect the diversity and rich history of the LBGTQ community. Gerber/Hart will create an eight-episode podcast to make Gerber/Hart's collection and Chicago LGBTQ history more accessible to our community and reach a larger audience.

Recipients:

Elmwood Park Public Library and Elmwood Park Unit District #401

Project Description:

Elmwood Park Public Library and School District 401, are currently working with You Are Beautiful to develop an art installation that reflects our community values and the Library's role in supporting those values. The library plans to develop a promotional video that can be shared with their village, schools, real estate agents, and Chamber of Commerce to highlight Elmwood Park's belief in these pillars of a community.

January 2020

Recipients:

Eureka Public Library District, Chenoa Public Library District, and Pontiac Public Library

Project Description:

Eureka Public Library District, Cheona Public Library District, and Pontiac Public Library will work with a marketing consultant to perform several functions including auditing current marketing materials, designing branding guidelines, creating a series of templates for program promotion and, creating and teaching a coordinate social media plan.

Recipient:

Fox River Grove Public Library District

Project Description:

Fox River Grove Public Library District will use their funds to create two videos to highlight the value of the library – one aimed at homeowners to demonstrate the value of the library with regards to quality of life and property value, and one aimed at families to demonstrate the libraries' integral role in supporting youth education in Fox River Grove.

Recipients:

Rockford Public Library, Cherry Valley Public Library District, and North Suburban Library District

Project Description:

In 2015, Rockford Public Library, Cherry Valley Public Library District, and North Suburban Library District, began a collaboration to offer the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at all their library locations. As regional library partners, these libraries will seek to market the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program on multiple fronts and breathe new life into public awareness around the importance of early childhood literacy.

Recipients:

Skokie Public Library and Skokie Morton-Grove School District 69

Project Description:

"My Library is a Partner in Growing Young Readers" extends Skokie Public Library's 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative through collaboration with a local Preschool for All program. It encourages families to engage in early literacy practices via promotional videos featuring members from our ethnically diverse community, a bilingual lending library, cheerful reading incentives, and group celebrations.

Past Partnership Grant Recipients

April 2019

Project Partners:
McHenry Public Library, Woodstock Public Library, and McHenry County Historical Society
Project Description:
Working together, the McHenry Public Library, the McHenry County Historical Society, and the Woodstock Public Library will digitize historic McHenry County newspapers and make them available to the general public, free-of-charge.

Project Partners:
Skokie Public Library, Village of Skokie, Skokie Park District, and Skokie School District 73.5
Project Description:
As a member of the Skokie Cares Collaborative, Skokie Public Library will team up the Village of Skokie, Skokie Park District, Skokie School District 73.5, and Skokie School District 69 with the goal of creating a more welcoming and equitable community, by expanding the SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Initiative.

Project Partners:
Waukegan Public Library, City of Waukegan, and Waukegan Park District
Project Description:
The Waukegan Public Library, along with the City of Waukegan, and the Waukegan Park District recognize the importance of the 2020 Census. Creating a grassroots awareness campaign, these institutions will work together to position the library as a safe resource for census participation.

Project Partners:
Westchester Public Library, Forest Preserves of Cook County, and Save the Prairie Society
Project Description:
The Westchester Public Library, Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Save the Prairie Society will guide Westchester youth in combining photography with naturalist-led hikes to discover the science, biology, and beauty of native lands.

November 2018

Project Partners:
Evanston Public Library, Services for Adults Staying in their Homes (SASI), Chicago Center for Cognitive Wellness, and Dementia Friendly Evanston
Project Description:
The Evanston Public Library and three local partners will collaborate to create the Evanston Community Dementia Resource Center. This will build upon our fledgling Memory Cafe program to provide a new service for our community.

Project Partners:
Marist High School and Blue Island Public Library
Project Description:
Marist High School and Blue Island Public Library are excited to join together on a brand new "escape room" project offering hundreds of local teens amazing solution finding, critical thinking and teamwork opportunities.

Project Partners:
Lillie M. Evans Public Library District, Toulon Public Library, Dunlap Public Library District, Peoria Heights Public Library District, Wyoming Public Library District, and Rock Island State Trail - Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Project Description:
The Bike the Trail Library to Library project is a collaboration between five libraries and a state park. The Lillie M. Evans Library District, the Toulon Public Library District, the Peoria Heights Public Library, the Dunlap Public Library District, and the Wyoming Public Library District will use the funds to work with the Rock Island State Trail Park to promote library resources including five recently installed bike repair stations along the trail. The Bike the Trail project connects bikers and libraries in a unique partnership.


Past Multitype Collaborative Grant Recipients

April 2018

Project Partners:
Eureka Public Library District (EPLD) and Congerville-Goodfield-Eureka CUSD 140
Project Description:
Eureka Public Library District (EPLD) and Congerville-Goodfield-Eureka CUSD 140 will work together to provide "Book Bundles" for both public library patrons and CUSD 140 elementary classrooms to enjoy. The goals of the project are to supplement the curriculum used by CUSD elementary schools; strengthen the excellent relationship between the EPLD and the students and teachers of CUSD 140; strengthen the use of the new student cards available through CUSD 140/EPLD intergovernmental agreement; and to encourage young readers. With input from elementary classroom teachers, the EPLD children's librarian will be responsible for the selection of high-quality children's materials, which will be processed and added to the EPLD collection. "Book Bundles" will be supplied by the library to classroom teachers throughout the school year. The books will be available for checkout at the public library when not in use in CUSD 140 classrooms.

Project Partners:
Lisle Public Library and Naperville School District #203
Project Description:
Families Together: Reading Enrichment for Social/Emotional Learning is a project designed to build social and emotional learning for both birth to 5 year old children from the Ann Reid Early Childhood Center (ARECC), Naperville School District #203, and their parents in a weekly program at the Lisle Library District (LLD) that can be transferred from the school and library settings into the home. Traditionally, these types of skills are expected to be taught in the home environment. However, given that the limited English "at risk" parents in this program are not aware of customary behavior, learning characteristics, or social rules that affect their children being raised in the United States, this warrants attention to supporting their children. Giving at risk families the opportunity to learn and improve SEL by introducing them to books to use at home will reinforce the concepts being taught in the weekly program where adults learn English and SEL strategies in an adjoining room to where their children are being worked with in play groups to build their SEL coping skills.

Project Partners:
Prospect Heights Public Library District and Harper Community College
Project Description:
A collaboration between the Prospect Heights Public Library District and Harper Community College will provide 21st century technology to students and patrons, ages 5-12, living in our Prospect Heights community and afford them the opportunity to learn coding and programming skills on state-of-the-art Kindle Fire tablets. Some of these patrons might otherwise not have access to this technology.

December 2017

Project Partners:
Gail Borden Public Library District and Elgin High School (Library and Guidance Department)
Project Description:
Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin High School Library, and the Elgin High School Guidance Department will engage a group of 11th grade students in the First2Go program. This seven week program will support junior level students who will be the first in their families to attend college. Activities will involve finding the right "college fit," discovering which factors impact the university admissions process, and participating in workshops on scholarships and financial aid. The First2Go program's culminating activity will be a school-day visit to local universities. GBPL and EHS libraries will collaborate on supporting the students' research, and the guidance department will assist with the college visits.

Project Partners:
McHenry School District 15 – Riverwoods Elementary School Library and McHenry Public Library District
Project Description:
The McHenry School District 15 – Riverwoods Elementary School Library and McHenry Public Library District wish to purchase and implement The Walking Classroom. This programs consists of mp3 listening devices with 100 preloaded student appropriate podcasts aligned to Common Core Standards that students listen to while walking. Beyond obvious health benefits of walking, research confirms the link between exercise and cognitive function. Students return to the classroom in better moods, more focused, and more likely to engage in discussions. This community partnership allows this program to be used in school during the school year and then transferred for similar use by the public library during the summer months. Homeschool lets will be housed at the public library all year long.

Project Partners:
Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center, City of Chicago School District #299 and National Cambodian Heritage Museum
Project Description:
The National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Von Steuben High School Library partnership will develop cross-cultural and cross-generational opportunities for high school students and members of the Cambodian community to engage in conversations about how history informs the present and the future. Students will experience a museum visit, guest speakers, and cultural performances with a focus on primary sources. A collaborative poetry publication and reading event will allow participants to increase social and cultural empathy among members of school and neighborhood communities.

June 2017

Project Partners:
Indian Prairie Public Library and Hinsdale South High School - Library Media Center
Project Description:
This partnership will develop virtual reality learning experiences to support formal and informal education in a shared community. Students will have the ability to engage in activities that range from exploring the surface of Mars to visiting college campuses across the country. These new learning experiences have the potential to foster a deeper understanding and greater retention of relevant subjects.

Project Description:
This grant project will support a series of local authors to speak at the Carol Stream Public Library and whose works are available from the Henry S. Olcott Memorial Library. Topics for these author programs include meditation, hospice/living with dying, and symbolism/synchronicity/astrology. An exhibit will also accompany each author event.

Project Partners:
Peoria Public Library and Hines Primary School
Project Description:
This grant will help expand the "Barbers Love Books" program that was piloted in February 2017. The mission of this program is to support Peoria-area barbers in serving as reading mentors to children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Read press coverage of this pilot program here. Based on positive community feedback and demand to include more locations, grant funding will support expansion of this program to include more locations and more titles.

February 2017

Project Partners:
Illinois Valley Community College(Jacobs Library), and LaSalle Public Library
Project Description:
A partnership that will collaborate on a project called "Noise vs. News. . . . What's Your Source?" The four-event program will focus on topics that concern news and "fake" news, including the First Amendment and its protections, the ethics of journalism, the appeal of "fake" news, "fake" news detection, the importance of critical thinking, the importance of truth and courage in maintaining a democracy.

Project Description:
Focused on STEAM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) , librarians from each of the three partner libraries will collaborate to offer monthly activities for students after school and at lunchtime. Project goals include giving students the opportunity to expand their creativity, grow their problem-solving skills, and develop perseverance through tinkering. This will also offer students the capacity to become leaders and teachers among their peers.

Project Partners:
Villa Park Public Library and North Elementary School
Project Description:
Project partners will establish a family literacy program for Latino families in Villa Park, modeled after the Latino Family Literacy Project. The intended result of this program will be to establish family reading routines for both Spanish-speaking and English-speaking parents and their children. As a result, both parents and school age children will learn English vocabulary and language together as a family.

Project Partners:
Caterpillar Technical Information Center, Morton High School Library and Morton Public Library
Project Description:
This collaboration will seek to expose students, parents and the community to STEM(science, technology, engineering and math). Components of this project include the creation of a circulating collection of STEM materials, programming in the school conducted by engineers or other technical staff at Caterpillar, as well as teacher training on programming and related activities.

Project Partners:
Homer Township Public Library and Hadley Middle School
Project Description:
Through the creation of a makerspace, project partners will seek to empower middle school learners and public library patrons to create, engage and build. This collaboration will also bring innovative programming to children ages 8 to 13 that will consist of eight year-round programs at the public library utilizing 3D printing, circuit building and the building of a variety of structures focusing on problem solving skills. These same resources will be utilized in the school library with a new set of criteria centered on 21st Century Learning Standards, including eight curriculum supporting lesson plans.