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Chapter & Verse Book Club at Chatham Area Public Library

We are starting a new book club at the Chatham Area Public Library. It's called Chapter & Verse, a book club for adults who enjoy reading and discussing children's, middle grade, and young adult literature. Our first meeting will be held at the Chatham Area Public Library on Monday, January 30th from 6:30 - 7:30 PM. We will choose the books for the  upcoming months at this first meeting. Bring any favorites you would like to share.

Upcoming Chapter & Verse Book Club Times at Chatham Area Public Library -
6:30 - 7:30 PM

Monday, January 30, 2012 - First Book Club Meeting
Monday, February 20, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012

IHLS offices closed Monday, January 16

Just a reminder that all IHLS offices will be closed and delivery will not operate Monday, January 16th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

All four will reopen January 17th, and additional delivery routes may run to compensate for volume.

Mark your calendar for Illinois Library Day, Wednesday, 18 April 2012!

In these difficult economic times, libraries of all types are needed more than ever.  And our library customers, students, and communities need us to speak up for the incredible role of libraries in supporting education, workforce development, and competitive colleges and universities.
ILA’s Illinois Library Day is a day of advocacy held in Springfield.  It is a time for library supporters to “talk up” libraries with visits to elected officials at the Capitol.  Illinois Library Day is held during the state legislative session and includes training and special briefings the evening before the full day of visits.

Arts in the Community Grants

The Decatur Area Arts Council has grant monies available for arts programming. Qualified applicants are registered not for profit organizations in Macon County or the towns of Assumption, Clinton, Moweaqua, Pana, or Taylorville. This includes units of government, municipal agencies, colleges, universities, shelter/mental health facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, religious organizations, as well as not for profit community organizations.

Moving Forward TOGETHER

January 6, 2012

A New Year, and A New Staff Assignment
Juliette Douglas has accepted the position of Operations Director, a new position in our organization.  She will combine this half-time position with her half-time Human Resources duties.  Her primary focus in the new role will be delivery operations and facilities management.  We are fortunate to benefit from Juliette’s broad background in facilities and financial analysis, combined with her considerable experience in logistics and operations. 

We plan to further refine our staffing to take full advantage of our staff experience and credentials, toward our goal of providing an improved customer experience!

Moving Forward Together

Holidays at IHLS

All IHLS offices will be closed the following days:

     -Friday, December 23, 2011 (Christmas Eve)
     -Monday, December 26, 2011 (Christmas)
     -Friday, December 30, 2011 (New Years Eve)
     -Monday, January 2, 2012 (New Years)

Additional delivery routes may run on subsequent days to compensate for volume.

Board Meeting Recap - December 2011 Special Board Meeting

A recap of significant actions taken by the board at their December 13, 2011, meeting in Effingham, IL.

Click here for the original agenda.

Next board meeting date: January 24, 2012, 6:00 pm at the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham.

Moving Forward TOGETHER

December 8, 2011

IHLS Board News
The IHLS Board of Directors has called a special meeting for December 13th at 6 p.m., at the Helen Matthes Public Library in Effingham.  You can find the agenda here.

If you wish to learn more about last month’s meeting, please see the board meeting update.

Penny Severns Literacy Grant
Adult literacy providers and public libraries can begin applying for FY12 Penny Severns Summer Family Literacy Grants on December 12. The online grant application and instructions will be available at Applicants will need a control and branch number to access the application.

Please contact Jo Anne Hughes at to obtain your agency’s numbers.

Vendor responses to IHLS member questions available

Polaris and SirsiDynix have returned responses to the questions asked by IHLS members.

The questions and answers from Polaris can be found here:

The questions and answers from SirsiDynix can be found here: Response to Heartland Questions 12-5-11.pdf

Board Meeting Recap - November 2011

In this article, you'll find a recap of significant actions taken by the board at their November 22, 2011 meeting in Effingham, IL.

Click here for the original agenda.