[aisle] [External Message From Outside of Central 301] RAILS Receives Grant for E-Books

Kathy McCoy kathy.mccoy at central301.net
Tue Nov 17 08:51:46 CST 2020

Good morning,
This is good news. However, I do see that in the last couple of weeks some
of the material that was multiuser (or 10,00o copies) have now gone to
single use.  Will some of the titles that were multiuser now go back to
having more copies since so many schools are going remote?
Thank you.

Mrs. Kathy McCoy
Library Media Specialist Teacher - CCUSD#301
*Lily Lake Grade School (M & T - alternate W)*
*Central Middle School (**Th & Fr - alternate W**)*

*"E**ngage **the mind, empower the learner, *
*insp**ire excellence, influence the world"*

On Tue, Nov 17, 2020 at 8:44 AM Dan Bostrom via AISLE <
aisle at list.railslibraries.info> wrote:

> RAILS has received a grant of $125,000 for e-books through the Illinois
> Office of the Secretary of State. In early August, we were notified by the
> Illinois State Library that a portion of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid,
> Relief, and Economic Security Act) grant funds for Illinois libraries would
> go directly to library systems for the purchase of e-books.
> RAILS will purchase e-books and audiobooks for K-12 users for the eRead
> Illinois shared collection. We will add both recreational and educational
> materials to supplement the high-demand titles that are the focus of the
> collection.
> The COVID-19 pandemic has sharply increased demand for e-books at RAILS
> libraries and this demand continues to grow. At area schools, new remote
> and hybrid learning models have created an urgent need for reading
> materials that can be accessed remotely. Over 50 schools have joined eRead
> Illinois since mid-April 2020. Public libraries also face the challenge of
> providing educational and recreational e-resources for students, as they
> are not able to access materials in the library in many cases and are
> spending a lot more time at home. This grant will enable RAILS to meet
> these very important needs for both library types.
> Learn more about eRead Illinois: https://ereadillinois.com/
> Dan Bostrom
> Member Engagement Manager
> Reaching Across Illinois Library System
> Burr Ridge Office
> Phone: 630.734.5152
> Fax: 630.734.5050
> dan.bostrom at railslibraries.info
> https://www.railslibraries.info
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