Forming Partnerships for Library Advocacy

31 July 2019

I really just wanted to host the Skylab from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. That’s all.

And how can you blame me? Have you seen it? It’s this giant inflatable dome and, once inside, it’s a planetarium.

Anyway, it turns out, there’s a space requirement. And, at 25 by 25 feet, it’s not a small requirement for a rural library. Of course, I can’t meet that requirement, so I can’t host. And, somehow this comes up in conversation.

“You know you can host events at the senior center, right?”

This is, turns out, how the best partnerships are formed.

Story by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2019

In a small town with no regular activities or entertainment opportunities, the library is a place to meet your new best friend. There are many kids between the ages of 8 and 13 who meet at the library after school and during the summer to play their favorite computer games together. As the noise levels increase, so do the friendships. They celebrate Fortnite victories together and teach each other strategies for new games. These are the kids who have internet at home but don't often have someone home with them.

Story by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2019

Marlene Jones has always made it a priority to stay connected and active in the community. 

“I work with my church group to bring in presenters,” she said. “I love the programs and book clubs at The Barn in Schaumburg. And I like to go to Schaumburg Library for programs, too, but it’s tougher these days.”

At 82, it’s not as easy for Marlene to get around as it once was. That’s why she’s so grateful for Schaumburg Library’s home delivery service.

Story by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2019

Linda Swan’s home movie from a 1972 trip to Norway has been brought into the Digital Age.

Shot on Super 8 film, Linda no longer has to worry about deterioration over time – or her projector breaking – because she’s converting her movies using equipment at Schaumburg Library.

“We have movies from when I was a kid, movies from the ‘50s through the ‘90s,” Linda said. “What I’m finding is that even though they’re old, they transfer beautifully.”

Story by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2019

Born with a club foot, Jim Mecir overcame his disability to find success in the big leagues as the pitcher for the Oakland A’s team depicted in the bestselling book and movie Moneyball. Now a resident of Kildeer, Jim has teamed up with Ellen Schnur from The Second City and created ImprovTalk , a presentation all about teamwork, communication and innovation.

Story by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2019

In February, more than 200 teens came to Schaumburg Township District Library in hopes of landing their first job. The Library gathered local businesses looking to hire teens, provided experts to give teens tips on improving their resumes and interviewing skills, and made it simple for teens to connect with potential employers.

The best part about the Teen Job Fair? Teens got hired!

Story by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2019

We Help People Find Jobs


Tim Wierdak didn’t know why he wasn’t getting job offers. In two short weeks, he went from not knowing why to landing a new job.


A frequent Indian Prairie Public Library visitor, he learned that the library offers a variety of job and career services, and he spoke with our expert staff.


“Those services started me on the right path,” said Tim, who was looking to change jobs.



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