A Newsletter from the Illinois State Library
Jesse White • Secretary of State & State Librarian
Illinois Authors Book Fair weekend a success
The Illinois State Library On Saturday, nearly 4,000
hosted one of its most patrons visited the book fair,
successful Illinois Authors enjoying panel discussions
Book Fair weekends March and author workshops, a
26-27. More than 150 raffle and silent auction, an
supporters attended the onsite bookstore and book
Friday night dinner honoring appraisals. Children were
participating authors. entertained by storytellers,
Featured authors Erik Larson, face painting, puppet-making,
Elizabeth Berg, Robert crafts, clowns, balloons and
Hartley and Catherine Toby Tire, Secretary of State
Illinois Author Catherine Gourley autographs one of
Gourley addressed an her American Girl books for a young book fair patron.
Jesse White’s animated tire
enthusiastic audience. that teaches bus safety.
Proceeds from the dinner go Children also had their
to the Illinois Center for the Book and used for photos taken with the Easter Bunny. State Library
additions to the Illinois Authors Collection in the Director Jean Wilkins noted that many fairgoers had
State Library, among other things. never set foot in the State Library but promised to
return often in the future.
See page 2 for a photo wrap-up of the Illinois Authors Book Fair weekend.
Libraries receive $6 million in LSTA grants
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced that the State Library has been awarded more
than $6 million in Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the Institute of Museum and
Library Services to distribute to Illinois libraries. The competitive grants range from $250 to $100,000. All
types of libraries — academic, school, public and special — are eligible to apply for and receive the
grants. Following are some of the ways libraries have used the LSTA grants:
in Expand a collection for users not traditionally identified as a group but who have specific
this requirements, similar needs or common interests, such as ethnic populations, job seekers, persons
needing special formats or persons speaking a language other than English.
issue Develop a creative, innovative or unique library program, project or service based on user or
Illinois Authors Create Internet-ready electronic versions of library materials and collections, specifically Illinois-related
Book Fair historical and cultural materials.
wrap-up Establish partnerships with other libraries that reflect, enhance and promote the value of multi-library
and multi-cultural projects.
LSTA grants Provide disaster aid for libraries that encounter exceptional and overwhelming emergencies due to
awarded disasters such as fires, tornadoes or flooding.
Letters About "At a time when state funding for libraries is limited, federal LSTA grants are critical to helping Illinois
Literature libraries provide the essential services our patrons demand," said Secretary of State and State Librarian
Jesse White. “Over the years, LSTA grants have resulted in innovative and creative new programs in
Library Advocacy our state's 4,000 libraries. These grants help provide our libraries with some of the financial resources
Day they need to remain our state's most dependable sources of information."
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Letters About Literature Library Advocacy Day
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has announced the Illinois More than 300 members of the Illinois library
winners of the annual Letters About Literature contest sponsored by the community traveled to Springfield from across
Illinois Center for the Book, the Center for the Book in the Library of the state Wednesday, April 21, for the annual
Congress, the Weekly Reader Corporation and Target Stores. Library Advocacy Day. Participants gathered
at the State Library to hear remarks from State
The contest requires participating students in grades 4 through 12 to write a Library Director Jean Wilkins; Nancy
personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work has changed Gillfillan, president of the Illinois Library
their view of the world or themselves. Young readers can select authors from Association (ILA); Kip Kolkmeier, Statehouse
any genre. Judges appointed by the Illinois Center for the Book selected the lobbyist for the ILA; Sarah Long, president of
top essayists in the state at three grade levels. The three first-place Illinois the Illinois Library System Directors
winners below received $100, a plaque and a $50 Target gift card. Winners Organization; and Leslie Forsman, president of
and their parents also will meet Secretary White at a celebration. the Illinois School Library Media Association.
State winners advance to the national competition. Six national winners will Participants then walked across the street to
receive expense-paid trips to Washington D.C. to read their letters during meet with their local legislators at the State
the National Book Festival this fall. Each national winner also will receive a Capitol. Among those lobbying were more
$500 Target gift card. than 35 students from Glen Crest Middle
School in Glen Ellyn, who came to push for
Target Stores, along with its parent company Target Corporation, gives more better school library resources. They met with
than $2 million a week to local communities through grants and special State Rep. Sandra Pihos, who pledged to meet
programs. Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with with the students again this summer to discuss
nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community the issue in greater detail. Wilkins, Gillfillan,
needs. Long and Forsman held a news conference at
the Capitol to discuss the theme for Advocacy
Illinois Letters About Literature winners: Day — Libraries: A Great Return on
◆ Level I — grades 4-6, Julia Quintero of Hinsdale Investment — and to urge lawmakers to
wrote to Judith Harlan, author of Girl Talk maintain state funding for libraries during the
◆ Level II — grades 7-8, Danae Alexopolous of Glenview upcoming 2005 fiscal year.
wrote to Terry Spencer Hesser, author of Kissing Doorknobs
◆ Level III — grades 9-12, LaToya Hicks of Chicago Thanks to the ILA, ILSDO and ISLMA for
wrote to Mary Monroe, author of God Don’t Like Ugly organizing a successful Advocacy Day.
Richard Norton Smith (left), the new director of the Abraham Kitty Pope (center), the new executive director of
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, gave the Alliance Library System, recently met with State
members of the Illinois State Library Advisory Committee a Library managers to learn about library programs
preview of the and operations. State Library Director Jean Wilkins
facility at a and Chief Deputy Director Mike Ragen welcomed
meeting in April. Pope to the library. Prior to becoming the Alliance
System director, Pope was assistant director and
The library will
manager of Customer Services for a library in
Calgary, Alberta in Canada.
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On July 1, five Illinois regional library systems will merge into two new
systems. The Heritage Trail, River Bend and Northern Illinois Library
June 6-11 Systems will become the Prairie Area Library System. The Chicago
Small Public Library Management Institute Multitype and Suburban Library Systems are joining to become the
UIS-Springfield Metropolitan Library System. Best wishes to everyone in the new
systems for a smooth transition.
Institute for School and Public Libraries
Bradley University, Peoria The State Library is pleased to announce that Daphne Selbert began
work in late March as head of Technical Services. Daphne worked
July 14 most recently in the United Arab Emirates, but many in the Illinois
ILLINET Network Advisory Council library community remember her for her long tenure at Principia
State Library, Springfield College.
August 3-5 Jolynn Harper retired from the State Library after more than 30 years of
Synergy: distinguished service. She was working in the Technical Services
The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative
Pere Marquette Lodge, Grafton Department at the time of her retirement. Best wishes for a happy and
Illinois State Library The State Library also bid farewell at the end of March to Carolyn
at the Illinois State Fair Bodewes, who worked in the Administrative Services office and played
Springfield a major role in organizing the Illinois Authors Book Fair weekend.
Printed by authority of the State of Illinois, May 2004 — GA 869 — ISSN — 7.8M
Produced by the Secretary of State Communications Department.
Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian; Jean Wilkins, Director, Illinois State Library.
Springfield, IL 62701-1796
300 S. Second St.
Illinois State Library, Gwendolyn Brooks Building
Secretary of State