Sparks: The Reaching Across Illinois Library System Podcast

Sparks Podcast Episode 35: "My Library Is ..." School Grants

Posted: September 15, 2021

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RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Heather Perhach (CUSD #5 in Streator), Andrea Perrin (CCSD #50 in Gurnee), and Emily Porter (CCSD #299 in Chicago), who have all received My Library Is… grants for their school libraries. Each is working on projects that focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Intro/Outro Music by Julie Jurgens, https://himissjulie.com

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Deirdre Brennan, Andrea Perrin, Emily Porter, and Heather Perhach.
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Sparks Podcast Episode 34: Highwood Public Library

Posted: July 30, 2021

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RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Carmen Patlan, Executive Director of Highwood Public Library, about winning the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This podcast provides an excellent example of what a small library with very limited resources can do to make a real difference in the community through grants, partnerships, and volunteers.

Intro/Outro music by Julie Jurgens, https://himissjulie.com

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Deirdre Brennan and Carmen Patlan
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Sparks Podcast Episode 33: Durand CUSD #322

Posted: June 1, 2021

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RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Durand CUSD #322 school librarian Audra Hill and Kelly Giovanine, Executive Director of Durand Charm, a local non-profit, about their My Library Is… grant project to promote the combined school and public library. Many in the community are not even aware that they have a library.

Durand Charm: https://durandcharm.com
Durand CUSD Grant Application Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOJ3ycziilo

Intro/Outro music by Julie Jurgens, https://himissjulie.com

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Deirdre Brennan, Audra Hill, Kelly Giovanine
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Sparks Podcast Episode 32: Gerber/Hart Library & Archives

Posted: April 27, 2021

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RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with representatives from Gerber/Hart Library & Archives about their journey to create an eight-episode podcast on the personal stories of LGBTQ life and history in Chicago.

https://gerberhart.org

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Intro/Outro music by Julie Jurgens, https://himissjulie.com

Erin Bell, Ari Mejia, Jen Dentel, and Deirdre Brennan
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Sparks Podcast Episode 31: Fox River Grove Public Library

Posted: March 16, 2021

RAILS Executive Director Deirdre Brennan talks with Fox River Grove Public Library District Director Nicole Steeves about the videos her library made after being awarded a My Library Is... Grant. Nicole talks about how their videos came together and she provides great, specific tips for libraries that want to do something similar. Their videos can be found in the Sharing Showcase of the My Library Is... website.

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Intro/Outro music by Julie Jurgens: https://himissjulie.com

Deirdre Brennan and Nicole Steeves
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