ILA E-Newsletter

Legislative Update -- July 22, 2021
July 22, 2021
Increases in Federal Funding for LibrariesThe U.S. House Appropriations Committee last week approved increases in funding for IMLS/LSTA and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program; thanks to our representatives and all the advocates who c…
Message from the ILA President - Jeanne Hamilton
July 22, 2021
Can you believe it is already July? (For those of us in public libraries, can you believe that summer reading is almost over?) While July marks the halfway point of 2021, it also marks the beginning of ILA’s year. As we start our new year,…
Legislative Update -- July 15, 2021
July 15, 2021
Grant funding isn't *exactly* legislative, except for the underlying legislation that authorizes its appropriations for which we are continually advocating. Today we're pleased to share information from the Illinois State Library about American Rescu…
Legislative Update -- July 1, 2021
July 1, 2021
American Rescue Plan Act Funding Sources: NEAAs state and federal agencies release additional information about the availability of funding authorized by ARPA, we're keeping our ARPA Funding for Illinois Libraries index up-to-date. Recently…
Fox River Valley Public Library District Board of Trustees Select New Director
June 29, 2021
The Fox River Valley Public Library District Board of Trustees has named Amy Dodson as the next Executive Director to lead the library district. Dodson inherits the reins of a long-standing institution beloved by its diverse community.  Her star…
Help Illinois Families Get Connected to Affordable Internet Service at Home
June 17, 2021
ILA is excited to be working with Heartland Forward and other partners in Illinois to make sure qualified residents know help is now available to get them connected during the pandemic. The federal Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary prog…
Legislative Update -- June 17, 2021
June 17, 2021
American Rescue Plan Act Funding SourcesAs state and federal agencies release additional information about the availability of funding authorized by ARPA, we're keeping our ARPA Funding for Illinois Libraries index up-to-date. Information a…
Legislative Update -- June 3, 2021
June 3, 2021
Springfield UpdateThe Illinois General Assembly spring session has concluded! Legislators passed a $42 billion budget on Tuesday, working past the midnight, May 31, deadline. We'll report in more detail as it becomes available, but part of the good n…
Illinois Humanities 2021 COVID-19 Emergency Relief and Recovery Grants
June 2, 2021
In 2021, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) received $135 million in funding to assist humanities and cultural organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP). As the state affiliate for the …
Legislative Update -- May 27, 2021
May 27, 2021
Media LiteracyHB 234 Media Literacy, which passed the House on April 20, passed the Senate this week and will head to Governor Pritzker's desk in the next month to sign into law. ILA and AISLE supported this legislation, which amends the School Code …
iREAD Summer Reading Programs

Since 1981, iREAD provides high quality, low-cost resources and products that enable local library staff to motivate children, young adults, and adults to read.

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