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  • Clara Kessler: To Be a Reader, One Must Be a Writer

    Monday, February 26th, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Clara Louise Kessler was an author, a teacher, and a librarian who had a lifelong interest in books, poetry, songs, and children. She began her career working with children as a kindergarten teacher first, and then embarked on a 33-year long position as the...

  • Growing Teen Services programs are filling a need at the Roselle Public Library

    At the Roselle Public Library, teens are finding a space just for them: one where they can come together, create, have fun and socialize for free. The library hosts monthly teen hangouts aimed at giving middle school students a safe place to call their own. And the program is resonating: three dozen...

  • Illinois Secretary of State Releases RFP for Statewide E-Resource Package

    The Illinois Secretary of State has released a request for proposal for the e-resource package that will be available without charge to all Illinois communities. The RFP is available for viewing on the Illinois State Library E-Resource Program Pulse page from the RAILS website. The RAILS...

  • RAILS Welcomes Two New Members

    Please join RAILS in welcoming two new member libraries: Newark CCSD 66 is a public school district located in Newark, Illinois. The district has two schools, an elementary school serving K-4 and a junior high school serving 5-8. According to the Illinois State Board of Education, the district has...

  • RAILS Burr Ridge Office Re-Opens February 19

    Starting Monday, February 19, the RAILS Burr Ridge Service Center is re-open to outside groups. The facility was closed due to a project to replace all network cables. The majority of work has been completed and meeting space areas are now open. The closure did not impact phone or email...

  • Oak Park celebrates legacy of local Black scientist Percy Julian and family

    Through March 4, visitors to the Oak Park Public Library's Idea Box can learn about the legacy of local scientist Dr. Percy Julian and his wife Dr. Anna Julian, including their academic achievements, professional contributions, humanitarian endeavors, and family life. Percy Julian, one of the first...

  • Reminder: Free EDI Course Available for All RAILS Members

    As a reminder to all library types, RAILS is offering an exciting resource to help address equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in libraries. The Social Justice in Public Libraries program from Freedom Lifted is relevant and applicable to all types of member libraries. This asynchronous course is...

  • Homer Township Library Executive Director Retiring After 24 Years

    After 24 years as head of the much-beloved Homer Township Public Library District, Executive Director Sheree Kozel-La Ha will retire on March 29, 2024. “Serving my home community, where I raised my family, has been my honor and joy. It has truly been a privilege to lead this exceptional Library,”...

  • Reminder: Sign up for the RAILS Member Update on 2/14

    We invite all levels of staff from any type of RAILS library to join the virtual RAILS Member Update on Wednesday, February 14, at 1 p.m. Attached is a full agenda for this event. Topics include libraries serving new Americans/asylum seekers and the launch of the SLATE Project dashboard tool. There...

  • Explore More Illinois Welcomes Whim Chicago @ Stage 773

    Explore More Illinois, RAILS’ online cultural and recreational pass program for Illinois libraries, welcomes its newest attraction, Whim Chicago @ Stage 773 in Chicago! Welcome to WHIM CHICAGO, where IMMERSIVE ART, UNIQUE COCKTAILS, and CAPTIVATING PERFORMANCE create unforgettable moments of...

  • Lake Bluff Library Receives $84,474 in PPRT Payments from Village

    On Friday, January 26, the Village of Lake Bluff disbursed $84,474 to the Lake Bluff Public Library for its share of Personal Property Replacement Taxes (PPRT) going back to 1980. As Library Board President Bonnie Shaul states, “The Village Board showed tremendous commitment in swiftly correcting...

  • ILA Public Policy Committee Survey

    The ILA Public Policy Committee wants to know more about your use of newspapers, specifically when it comes to required legal postings. This short 10-question survey will help ILA understand your costs, publication frequency, service area, and more. If applicable, please fill out a separate survey...

  • ILA Seeks Witness Slips for SB 2787

    The Illinois Library Association (ILA) asks library workers to contribute witness slips for SB 2787 . This bill would amend the Illinois Local Library Act and the Public Library District Act of 1991 to require competitive bidding for contracts in excess of $35,000 (rather than $25,000) for specified...

  • RAILS, CARLI, and IHLS Publish Open Letter Regarding Digital Equity Plan

    With the Digital Equity Plan comment period ending today, RAILS, along with CARLI and IHLS, has submitted public comments representing the statewide library perspective to the Illinois Office of Broadband. This open letter outlines several recommendations for further strengthening the draft Digital...