RAILS - Video

29 July 2022

This event was presented as part of the My Library Is campaign. The live event took place on July 12, 2022. The video features short presentations by three library workers:

  • Jessica Elder, Carol Stream Public Library
  • Katie Allan, Orland Park Public Library
  • Meg Golembiewski, Prospect Heights Public Library

The second half of this event was not recorded.

Specialized Library Spotlight: Sterling Morton Library

14 July 2022

In a new Specialized Library Spotlight, RAILS Member Engagement Manager Dan Bostrom speaks with Rita Hassert, Library Collections Manager at the Sterling Morton Library at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. Rita discusses ACORN (Arboretum COllections & Resources Nexus), an online platform that provides access to the library's special collections. This platform is open to anyone and gives users the opportunity to search photos, videos, audio, letters, and more! To access ACORN, please visit: https://acorn.mortonarb.org/

If You Build It, They Will Come…

12 July 2022

Well not necessarily…That’s the lesson we learned at Palatine Library. We went through a full renovation on both floors of our Main Library during Covid shutdowns – the only silver lining to that challenging time. Like many libraries, door counts and program attendance went down drastically, but when we began seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, we wanted to see that reflected in our attendance.

So, our staff began to ask an important question: how do we get people back in the building?

An Enchanted Engagement Tool: Library Fairy Doors

11 July 2022

Libraries are magical places. In fact, the Vespasian Warner Public Library District in Clinton, Illinois is truly enchanted. In 2018, former maintenance supervisor, David Ward, noticed that a fairy door had appeared on the children’s floor. Two more doors were discovered shortly after on the library’s main floor and in the periodicals room.

Book Groups at the Lisle Library District

18 April 2022

The Lisle Library District has a long history of offering a variety of book groups, including the Science Fiction & Fantasy book group which has been meeting monthly for over 30 years and still has a few founding members, while the Food for Thought culinary book group is new as of this January. Our groups also cover Fiction, Nonfiction, and Mystery titles.

I surveyed the LLD book group facilitators for insights on their particular groups and on book groups in general, and the results are below:

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