Summer Reading 2020

With libraries being closed due to the coronavirus, there are been several questions about summer reading programs. While there are many unknowns, there are options available.

Conducting Board Meetings During Shelter-in-Place, by Anna Yackle, Illinois Heartland Library Systemby Anna Yackle, IHLS Membership Coordinator​
posted 4/6/20 4:14 PM CT
updated 5/7/20 1:48 PM CT

During these times of uncertainty and social distancing, certain library business must still be conducted. Board meetings are often a necessary part of advancing the library’s business, but holding a public meeting while everyone must remain six feet apart and wear face coverings may seem like a daunting task. Are there other options? Libraries are fortunate to have an abundance of guidance regarding conducting board meetings....

Promoting Social Distancing and Physical Activity with Social Distancing Scavenger Hunts: 12 Ready-to-Print or Ready-to-Color Heart and Bear Designs

by Shandi Greve Penrod, IHLS Marketing Coordinator
published  4/03/2020  4:03 PM CT

You may have seen a window or two in your neighborhood covered in hearts, or perhaps you noticed a teddy bear or two peeking out of windows or sitting on porch chairs. Heart and teddy bear scavenger hunts have become popular social distancing activities both for the children and families looking for the items and for the neighbors making and displaying them. Taking part in these social distancing scavenger hunts has many positive benefits. For those creating hearts, the creativity used stimulates the mind, makes a day inside less mundane, and...

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Continuing to Help: Library Services During a Pandemic by Anna Yackle - image of a person taking a book from a bookshelf

by Anna Yackle, IHLS Membership Coordinator​
posted 3/26/20 12:31 PM CT

Libraries are trusted institutions and sources of entertainment, learning, and help. Staff members pride themselves in knowing and serving their community. During this time of being ordered to “shelter in place,” how do libraries and staff continue to offer services and assistance to their users?

One way is to share resources that can entertain and inform your community via your website or Facebook account. While not everyone has a home computer, laptop, or internet, many do have phones that can access your sites.

Link to lists of resources for adults and children created by Illinois Heartland Library System staff (such as this list), the list of educational resources created by the youth services librarian from the Mahomet Public Library, and other library institutions. . . .

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Library Law Book orders that were placed after March 6 will not be sent to the requesting libraries until normal delivery services have resumed.


IHLS has made a group purchase of the updated 2020 ILA Illinois Library Laws & Rules. This essential compilation includes all current laws and rules affecting library service in Illinois.

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Serving Our Public 4.0 orders that were placed after March 6 will not be sent to the requesting libraries until normal delivery services have resumed.


IHLS has made a group purchase of 250 copies of Serving Our Public 4.0: Standards for Illinois Public Libraries.

Every individual Illinois library staff member and trustee should have an L2 profile.


In 2020 there will be a total restructure and refresh of L2 that will result in a more robust and flexible platform that better suits the ongoing needs of all those who use L2.


Update L2 now so you and your library are ready for the new version.

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