Advance Planning and Flexibility Makes Outreach a Success

11 October 2021

Back in June, it was with cautious optimism that I emailed our staff to say “we’re getting the band back together!” It was time to dust off the prize wheel, order tchotchkes, air out the tent, and get back out into the community for some personal interaction with residents. We received a number of invitations to fests and gatherings, and I said yes to as many as I thought we could handle. We had great fun, meaningful conversations, and new experiences. Here are some bullet points to consider as your outreach schedule comes back to life:

DC Public Library - Video

28 September 2021

Library Reimagined: A Tour In Dance. In celebration of the newly-modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, DC native Alexandra Hutchinson and her ballet partner Derek Brockington, both of the esteemed Dance Theatre of Harlem, choreographed a story of what a magical place a library can be.

All the Crafts!

13 September 2021

…watercolor bookmark, clay pot gnome, beeswax wrap, cactus rock, painted tea towel, clay pot leprechaun hat, framed burlap chick, sock bunny, decoupage trinket tray, bird mason jar, braided bracelet, swirly paper flowers, lip balm tin, tiny herb pot, tulip string art…

Making the Most of August at the Library

23 August 2021

I have a love/hate relationship with August.  I hate August because it sometimes feels useless.  August is long and hot and dreary.  Summer reading is wrapping up or is over already, but it is too soon to start thinking about next year.  Patrons seem to be far too preoccupied with tying up their own summers and getting ready for back-to-school to participate in programming.  Most autumn activities and programming don’t kick into high gear until after Labor Day.  And, there are no universally recognized holidays in August to offer staff a mental break from their routines.

#FundLibraries Challenge Update!

5 August 2021

Thank you to all of the libraries that have already participated in the #FundLibraries Challenge! We've seen some incredible creations from libraries who want everyone to know how they make a difference in their community. Who knew you could make such wonderful things out of books? 

It really demonstrates the energy and passion our libraries have for the work they do for their patrons. Below, we've linked you to the social media posts from our participating libraries:

Upcoming My Library Is... Online Roundtables

6 July 2021

Are you interested in graphic design for your library? Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a newbie to the topic, there are two events coming up that can help you unlock new possibilities! Both of these events are open to any library staff from any Illinois library.

My Library Is Online Roundtable: Canva for Libraries
Tuesday, July 20
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Presenter: Samantha Rusk, Business Manager, Vespasian Warner Public Library District

Chillicothe Public Library District - Video

23 June 2021

Look what we made! We created a mural with the help of our community. Each square was painted by a different person and they all came together to make something beautiful! Thanks to everyone who painted a square for our community mural, and thanks to Bert Hoddinott, Jr., for allowing us to use his artwork. You can browse more of his artwork in Reflections - available in our collection. Check out the video for a time lapse of the process, and stop in the library to see the finished mural in person.

Partnering with the Parks Department to Inspire a Community

21 June 2021

As a youth services programmer this year has been tough.  Severe restrictions on space ensured an inability to fully engage and collaborate in person throughout the pandemic.  This restricted access made it difficult to feel connected to the community my library sought to serve.  In order to help bridge this gap, the Robert R. Jones Public Library has collaborated with the Village of Coal Valley’s Parks Department to provide Coal Valley's youth a fun-filled summer of possibilities through a revamped 2021 Day-Camp program.


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