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.

LLSAP Governance Groups to Meet
As the four IHLS LLSAP groups (elCAT, GateNet, LINC, SILNet) move toward a shared software platform and database, they will also look at a shared governance structure.  Current leaders of each group will meet Wednesday, December 14th at the Effingham Knights of Columbus to learn more about each other, and consider what a shared governance structure would look like (affectionately called the One Big Happy).

Laura Bush Foundation School Library Book Grants
The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries makes grants of up to $6,000 to update, extend, and diversify the book collections of school libraries. All LBF grants are made to individual schools rather than to school districts, county systems, private organizations, foundations, or other entities. Only schools where a minimum of 50% of the student body qualify for the Free or Reduced Lunch (FRL) program are eligible to apply, with selection preference given to schools in which 90% or more of the students receive free or reduced lunches and are likely to have the fewest books and reading materials at home.  The grant application and instructions are available at Application deadline is December 31, 2011.

What’s New @ WebJunction Illinois
Laws are constantly changing and sometimes it is hard to keep up with the ones that may impact your library.  There are several Library Law Articles (IL) posted on WebJunction from the law firm Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd.  Articles range from such topics as amendments to the Local Records Act, Library Fines under Bankruptcy Code, obtaining insurance coverage as an alternative to bonds and operating raffles.  The most recent article posted, Open Meetings Act Amendment - Duty to Post Information, should be of interest to libraries that participate in IMRF. The provisions concerning posting on the website become effective on January 1, 2012.

Library Spotlight:  Hartford Public Library Open House


Erected in 1965, the Hartford Public Library building had a couple of addition throughout the year, but it had not been renovated in over 15 years.  Library Director, Gloria Smith, said they have been working towards this renovation for several years.  The cost was about $75,000, all of which came from the library’s budget, and included insulation throughout the building, new lighting, new paint, new carpeting and a new ceiling.  The library staff moved every book, several times, and also did all of the decorating.  New features include a juvenile room with large screen TV and surround sound, new seating areas for the patrons, a Lewis & Clark Reference Center, and The Hartford Room which includes history of the village. 

While the library was closed for a couple of months, the circulation desk remained open so they could serve their patrons.  Now that this phase is complete the library will start working towards a new computer area with wireless internet connection.  New programs are also in the works, the first of which is a yoga class.  Stop by and see what a small, dedicated group can do.  For more information, call (618) 254-9394.

If your library recently completed a major renovation that you would like to share with the membership, contact Julia Pernicka at 618.656.3216 ext 142, or


Happy December!
Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director