Vol. 9, Issue 16   |   May 26, 2016

2015-2016 Books Challenged or Banned Available

This annual publication updates Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read (2014) and serves as a promotional and informational piece for Banned Books Week 2016. The contents provide a proven, crowd-pleasing outreach tool for libraries and their patrons, offering a historical context, recent incidents, and ideas and strategies for public awareness and discussion. Available from the ALA Store in packets of 25, libraries are encouraged to purchase multiple copies for patrons to pick up and spread the word beyond the library.

Banned Books Week is Sunday–Saturday, Sep 25–Oct 1, 2016.

2016 ILA Conference Registration is Open

Discovery Advocacy Leadership
October 18-20, 2016 - Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont

The 2016 ILA Annual Conference focuses on how libraries and library staff serve as community leaders to support lifelong learning and engagement within Illinois communities. Register by the September 12th Early Bird deadline to take advantage of the discounted rate. Not an ILA Member? Join when you register to save more on registration and throughout the year. Conference registration includes attendance at the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, and Exhibit Buffet Luncheons and breaks on Wednesday and Thursday.

The keynote will be presented by Nina Simon (l), Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, where she led an institutional turnaround based on grassroots community participation. Nina is the author of The Participatory Museum (2010), The Art of Relevance (coming June 2016), and the popular Museum 2.0 blog. 

2017 iREAD artist Mike Curato (c) will headline this year's Youth Services Author Breakfast. Mike loves drawing and writing almost as much as he loves cupcakes and ice cream (and that’s a LOT!). He is the author and illustrator of everyone’s favorite polka-dotted elephant, Little Elliot. 

Laila Hussein Moustafa (r), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will discuss her research about libraries and crisis from her work with land mine survivors and the continuous crisis of libraries dealing with terrorism in their communities at the 2016 DiversiTEA. 

Visit the conference website for more information and online registration. 

Shakespeare Still Going Strong

We asked libraries to keep us posted on their Shakespeare programs and Harrisburg District Library has been busy celebrating the 400th anniversary and the touring First Folio. "Our Shakespeare Reading Group (pictured), led by Ryan Nelson, gathers around the table, Ryan assigns parts, and we read our hearts out," says the library's Krystal Gulley. Programs included one for teens where they discussed the Bard's work in Hollywood films made for teens, complete with popcorn and a screening of one of the films. They also hosted Stone Soup Shakespeare, a group of performers who tour the area performing Shakespeare in parks and on library lawns, and were fortunate enough to have a patron donate a facsimile of the First Folio, featured in a display along with other Shakespeare material.

Library Cats Wanted

Nara Schoenberg, a staff reporter for the Chicago Tribune, wants to know if there are any library cats currently taking up residence in Illinois libraries? Schoenberg says that while the term "library cat" usually means a cat that lives in the library, she is also curious about cats that visit on a regular schedule, or that live outside, but still claim the library as their home base. Contact Nara at 312-222-5409 or send your cat sightings to

Upcoming events

ILA Executive Board meeting
June 10, Chicago

Deadline for August 2016 ILA Reporter copy
June 20

2016 ILA Orientation Session
for board and committee members, and forum leaders
July 22, Illinois State University Alumni Center, Normal
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Job opportunities

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George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts | Newberry Library

Library Director | Charleston Carnegie Public Library

Librarian, Technical Services and Reference | Lindenwood University, Belleville Library

Cataloging and Database Supervisor - (PrairieCat) | Reaching Across Illinois Library System

Manager, Technical Services | Geneva Public Library District

Deputy Director for Resources and Staff Development/Training | Mount Prospect Public Library

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In the News

Library-related stories appearing in local news media to alert and inform the Illinois library community about issues and events that are considered significant by the general media.

West Aurora Cuts School Librarians
Obama library archives may find temporary home in Hoffman Estates
Elgin Garden Club gifts sculpture to library to celebrate 100 years
Algonquin library board president dies
Know Your Board: Elmhurst Public Library Board of Trustees
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