[aisle] RAILS Receives Grant for E-Books

Lauren Ochs lochs at ms.k12.il.us
Tue Nov 17 09:09:42 CST 2020

Awesome news! We love our eRead Illinois subscription!
*Lauren Ochs *
School Librarian
Mahomet-Seymour High School
lochs at ms.k12.il.us

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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