Voter Registration at Library 10-02-2010

October 4, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Posted in Events, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Library Board Member JoAnn Rhodes ( left)


Library Fun Day

September 12, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Posted in Events, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

William Leonard Fun Day Sunday, September 5, 2010 hosted by the Friends of the Library and Library staff.

An Evening of Change and Restoration

September 6, 2010 at 11:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Rev. Leonard Maart-South Africa and Cheryl Graves MPH, JD

Our program, An Evening of Change and Restoration, featured Rev. Leonard Maart (our quest speaker) from The Maart Trust Delegation of Cape Town, South Africa and our guest, Cheryl Graves MPH, JD, from the Community Justice for Youth Institute, Chicago, IL. The program was held August 23, 2010 at the Library.

An Evening of Change and Restoration

September 6, 2010 at 11:15 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

(L) James Richardson Library Board member, James Hampton Board President, Rev. Leonard Maart, quest speaker from South Africa,  Cheryl Graves, special guest,  Board Secretary,  Lula Fulson, and Rev. Phillip Cusic MC.

November 1, 2009 at 6:13 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

State Sen. James Meeks visits with "United We Learn" group, North Shore of Chicago

Governor Quinn Visits With Children At Robbins Library

October 28, 2009 at 5:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Governor Quinn visits Leonard Library in Robbins

Governor Quinn steps up to support the fundraising efforts to help keep the library afloat.

Robbins library gets helping hand from governor

October 19, 2009 at 6:31 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment Posted: Saturday, 17 October 2009 6:56PM

Mary Frances Bragiel Reporting
ROBBINS, Ill. (WBBM) — Governor Quinn is doing his part to help keep a south suburban library afloat.

Quinn says he’s extremely proud of the state’s library system, and as a result personally donated $100 to the William Leonard Library in suburban Robbins.

“The way it works in Illinois, if everybody gives what they can, it adds up and we want to make sure this library’s doors stay open,” Quinn said.

The board of the Skokie Public Library feels the same way. The group handed over more than $6,000 thanks to book sales and private donations.

Library director Priscilla Coatney says the money helped make payroll and keep services running.

“It was a miracle, I mean, they sent that check and it was exactly what I needed,” Coatney said.

Robbins officials say they’re hoping the General Assembly can come up with $100,000 to keep the library open.

Dwyane Wade to the Rescue !

September 18, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment


Dwyane Wade, on behalf of Wade’s World Foundation, presents a $25,000 check to the William Leonard Library.
(Pictured L to R) State Rep. William Davis, Tragil Wade(sister of Dwayne Wade), Rev. Anthony Williams, Miami Heat All-Star Dwyane Wade, Library Administrator Priscilla Coatney, Younus Suleman, Robbins Mayor Irene Brodie, School Dist. 143 1/2 Supt. Greg Wright, and James Hampton.

Miracle In a $1 bill

September 2, 2009 at 4:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A great story about the William Leonard Public Library from the Southtown Star.

Miracles do not always involve the parting of the Red Sea. Sometimes they come in the form of a $1 bill wrapped around a newspaper article.

On Aug. 19, I wrote a column about the public library in Robbins needing a financial miracle to keep its doors open after the end of the month.

“We have our miracle, and our library is going to remain open at least through September,” said Priscilla Coatney, administrator of the William Leonard Public Library District.

Coatney said the library district has received $21,584 in contributions since the column appeared. And that doesn’t include federal grant money promised by U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1st), of Chicago.

Thanks to all donors for your amazing support!

Skokie library books aid for endangered Robbins facility

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

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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