Skokie library books aid for endangered Robbins facility

August 24, 2009 at 9:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

lisnews.org

Help is on the way for the public library in poverty-ravaged Robbins, in danger of closing for lack of money.

The library board in Skokie — more than 30 miles to the north — held a special session Friday after board members read about the plight of the south suburb’s William Leonard Public Library in the Chicago Sun-Times and decided to help.

“We discussed what we could do to [help] the Robbins library to be able to serve the community that needs it so desperately,” said Diana Hunter, president of the Skokie Library Board.

The board agreed to donate at least three months’ worth of proceeds from the library’s used-book sales, and some board members also plan to make personal donations, Hunter said.

“Coatney said the library had run out of cash and would need about $70,000, or the library would close at the end of August.”

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RUSH WORKS TO KEEP ROBBINS PUBLIC LIBRARY OPEN

August 22, 2009 at 9:10 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Nearly $50,000 in federal funds secured for facility in ’08 and ’09

CHICAGO – Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) today said he strongly believes the William Leonard Library of Robbins will be able to keep its doors open as it struggles to find ways to cover its operating costs.

In his continuous efforts both to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Robbins and enhance the education of its youth who depend upon the Leonard Library for after school programs, recreation and tutoring, Rush has appropriated nearly $50,000 for the library over the last two federal fiscal years. In fiscal year 2008 and fiscal year 2009 the congressman secured an appropriation of $237,000 and $190,000, respectively, for programming at suburban libraries in the 1st congressional district.

Through of the Institute of Museum and Library Services of the federal government, Rush secured the earmark using the Metropolitan Library System (MLS) as the fiscal agent for the suburban library districts. In F’08 Robbins received $19,408 and this year it is set to receive $25,500.

“The citizens of Robbins deserve a quality public library and the outcry its potential closing has generated in the last few days underscores that it is a vital community resource for families and children,” Rush said. “The focus now is on trying to deal with getting Leonard Library ahead of the curve relative to when they get their property tax funds from the Cook County government.”

MLS Executive Director Alice Calabrese informed Rush’s office the agency will make a first payment of $10,000 to Leonard Library by the end of August, 2009. The second payment of $10,000 will be made in September. The balance of $5,500 will be paid in October – for a total of $25,500. Regulations forbid MLS from paying out more than $10,000 per month.

“The local library is the life blood of the community and it connects all generation,” Rush said. “I am working hard to ensure this vital life line is preserved.”

Thanks Chicagoist!

August 21, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Thanks to the local bloggers at “The Chicagoist” for posting about the efforts to keep the William Leonard Public Library open.

Fundraiser for the Library Aug 29th

August 20, 2009 at 10:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

August 29th at 5:00pm a fundraiser for the William Leonard Public Library will be held at

13822 Central Park, Robbins, IL 60472

All donations will be gratefully accepted

Sponsored by the Friends of the William Leonard Public Library Board
Priscilla Coatney, Library Administrator

Questions?
Phone: 708-597-2760
Fax: 708-597-2778

Save Our Library Rally

August 20, 2009 at 6:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ABC 7 Chicago covered the rally to save the William Leonard Public Library District.

The Southtown Star also provided coverage of the event.

The Library Journal summarizes the situation as well.

Make a donation today, invest in the future of the William Leonard Public Library.

Donations can be made via check or Money Order to

William Leonard Public Library District
13820 Central Park Avenue
Robbins, IL 60472

Please, Mr. President: Save our library

August 20, 2009 at 6:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A story about the William Leonard Public Library closure appeared in Wednesday’s Chicago Sun Times

From the outside, it’s an uninspiring little building made of pink and gray cinder block, and surrounded by a few wilting shrubs.

But within its walls, children dream of pharaohs and pyramids, boy wizards and Quidditch, and a mischievous little girl named Matilda who once put glue inside her daddy’s hat.

On Tuesday, another little girl made a direct plea to President Obama to help keep the doors open at the cash-strapped William Leonard Public Library in Robbins.

“Please help us,” said Shawna Lewis, 8, standing in front of the library. “I read and write and use the computer here every day. This is an emergency. I know you are very busy, but please don’t let our library in Robbins, Illinois, close. Bail us out.”

The library is currently accepting donations. Please help today!

Via PayPal



Via Check or Money Order

Donations can be made via check or Money Order to

William Leonard Public Library District
13820 Central Park Avenue
Robbins, IL 60472

Thank you for your support!

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