RAILS Member Announcements
Sealed bids will be accepted by the Hodgkins Public Library District prior to 10:00am on Thursday, March 28, 2013, for the Wenz Corner Plaza Improvements. All bids must be submitted in a sealed envelope marked "Wenz Corner Plaza Improvements" on the face of the envelope. Bids must be submitted during regular library hours. Project manuals, Plans and Specifications may be obtained beginning Wednesday, February 27, 2013, from the Hodgkins Public Library, located at 6500 Wenz Avenue, Hodgkins, Illinois. Questions regarding the project should be directed to the offices of J.G.S. Landscape Architects, 7751 McCarthy Rd., Palos Park, Illinois 60464, ph. (708) 361-5124. Bids will be opened on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 10:30am at the direction of the Library District's Board of Trustees. The Hodgkins Public Library District reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive an requirements in the specifications.
Naperville Public Library Closed for Staff In-Service DayThe Naperville Public Library will be closed on Friday, March 8 for Staff In-Service Day and staff training. Normal operating hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. will resume on Saturday, March 9.
Drive-up returns for all materials are available 24 hours a day at the Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave.; the Naper Boulevard Library, 2035 S. Naper Blvd.; and the 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Dr. Materials may also be renewed by calling 630.961.0460. The Library Catalog, www.naperville-lib.org, is also available 24/7 for you to download or renew materials.
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On Monday, February 25, 22 members of the Helen Plum Memorial Library's Genealogy Club traveled to the Family History Center in Naperville for a tour of the facility. Director Christine Bell provided an overview of their policies, procedures, and resources (print, microfiche/film and digital). She also gave a demonstration of the Family History Center’s online databases and then turned us loose to investigate for ourselves.
The members of the Helen Plum Genealogy Club are a super friendly, helpful, and adventurous group. Last fall, we toured the Newberry Library in Chicago.
Individually, our members have explored ethnic libraries such as Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture and the Polish Museum of America and have traveled extensively in the pursuit of a good lead. We also bring in great guest speakers for our Helen Plum Library meetings.
For more information, visit the Genealogy page on the Helen M. Plum Memorial Library's website.
-submitted by Linda Schehl, Head of Adult Services, Helen M. Plum Memorial Public Library District.
The Alsip - Merrionette Park PLD completed their move into a newly renovated and enhanced building this week. A Grand Opening is scheduled for Sunday, March 3, from 12 - 4 p.m.
Prospect Heights Public Library's March 2013 Newsletter
Visitors of the Palatine Public Library District are discovering a new time-saving option for checking out library materials. Introduced in December 2012, and recently expanded, Express Checkout is fast becoming a popular, time-saving, and convenient option for patrons on the go.
There are two Express Checkout stations on the first floor of the Main Library (near the central staircase), another station on the second floor near the Reference Desk, and one in the Children’s Department. Staff is finding that children are especially enjoying the fun of checking out their own books and learning something new.
To use Express Checkout, users scan their Library card, enter their account PIN and follow the easy touch-screen prompts to check out books, audiobooks, and magazines. CDs and DVDs in security cases will still need to be checked out in the AV Department. Library staff is available to introduce the service and answer questions.
“Express Checkout conveniently provides our patrons with the option of a quick transaction, shorter lines, and more independence in managing their accounts,” states Circulation Manager Jose Maldonado.
Patrons can review their account details, renew items, and confirm or cancel holds. After checking out materials the system will give users a choice to receive a printed receipt or have one sent to their email. Patrons will soon be able to use the Express Checkout stations to pay overdue charges with a credit or debit card, too.
This service provides another way for Palatine Public Library District visitors to choose which option works best for their individual needs.
During the entire month of March, the Waukegan Public Library will take $1 off overdue fines for each nonperishable item patrons donate to a local food pantry. Library patrons should bring donations to the customer service desk, where staff will collect the items and adjust their fines. All donations go to COOL Ministries food pantry in Waukegan.
“We are excited to partner with COOL Ministries again and help those in need. Patrons will be ensuring good food is available to the hungry in our community while bringing their accounts back into good standing,” said Richard Lee, executive director. The focus of the drive is on food items, but the pantry’s wish list includes beverages, baby formula, diapers, paper towels and toiletries.
In 2012, the Library collected 6,049 pounds of nonperishable items for the COOL Ministries food pantry during the month of February and waived a total of $4,768.35 in library overdue fines. The food drive only applies to overdue items and does not apply to fees from interlibrary loan fees or lost or damaged items. Donations will be accepted at both the main library and the Hinkston Park branch. Call Rena Morrow at (847) 623-2041, ext. 231, with any questions about the Food for Fines drive.
Illinois Valley Community College will hold ‘The Great Book Giveaway” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 in C-316.
Through a recent inventory IVCC’s Jacobs Library will make books available to the local community free of charge. Donations will be accepted on behalf of the IVCC Support Staff Service Project to establish an Emergency Student Living Needs Fund.
The public is invited to visit IVCC and browse for reading material. There will be a variety of items including books, videos and audio books. Book dealers are welcome between 1 and 2 p.m.
This event is open to the public. For information contact Kim Herout (815) 224-0480 or Frances Whaley (815) 224-0263.
The Illinois Central College Library is one of more than 840 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to receive the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The materials grant includes 25 books, a one-year subscription to a database and three DVD movies. The program aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.
The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf includes the following titles, organized by theme:
- A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed
- Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford
- The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, edited by Edward E. Curtis IV
- Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel
- The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson
- The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance by Jim Al-Khalili
- In an Antique Land by Amitav Ghosh
- When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East” by Stewart Gordon
- Leo Africanus by Amin Maalouf, translated by Peter Sluglett
- The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal
- Minaret by Leila Aboulela
- The Arabian Nights (anonymous), edited by Muhsin Mahdi, translated by Husain Haddawy
- The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar, translated by Dick Davis and Afkham Darbandi
- Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
- Snow by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely
Pathways of Faith:
- Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan A. C. Brown
- The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson
- The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E. Peters
- The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter
- Rumi: Poet and Mystic, edited and translated by Reynold A. Nicholson
Points of View:
- In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
- Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
- Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
- House of Stone by Anthony Shadid
- Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
Art Architecture and Film:
- The Art of Hajj by Venetia Porter
- Islamic Arts by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair
- Islamic Art Spots (short films designed, written, and presented by D. Fairchild Ruggles, and produced by Twin Cities Public Television)
- Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (2011)
- Prince Among Slaves (2007)
- Koran by Heart (2011)
The books and films comprising the Bookshelf were selected with the advice of librarians and cultural programming experts, as well as distinguished scholars in the fields of anthropology, world history, religious studies, interfaith dialogue, the history of art and architecture, world literature, Middle East studies, Southeast Asian studies, African studies, and Islamic studies.
The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Major support for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
For more information about these materials at the library, contact ICC’s Outreach and Reference Librarian Michelle Nielsen Ott at 309.694-5617.