Illinois Libraries Present

The following events are made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration between public libraries which offers high-quality events for member libraries of all sizes and budgets.
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Interweaving Tradition & Imagination Through Costume Design with Ruth E. Carter
Wednesday, March 20 @ 7 p.m.

Enjoy this virtual interview with Ruth E. Carter, two-time Academy Award-winning costume designer. Best known for turning the Black Panther superhero into an African king, Carter is the first Black woman to win multiple Academy Awards in any category and the first costume designer to win for the first film and its sequel. Carter is known for her research and diligence to the craft of costume design, specifically for her work on films such as Spike Lee's Malcolm X, Steven Spielberg's Amistad and Ava DuVernay's Selma.  

This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present (ILP), a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering premier events. ILP is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

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Coming Soon!

 

Dr. Temple Grandin
Wednesday, April 3

Kal Penn
Tuesday, May 7

 

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Past Speakers

  • Maya-Camille Broussard (November 2023)
  • Grace Lin (October 2023)
  • Stephen Graham Jones (October 2023)
  • Colson Whitehead (September 2023)
  • Robin Wall Kimmerer (June 2023)
  • Jesmyn Ward (June 2023)
  • Jonathan Van Ness & Kristi Yamaguchi (May 2023)
  • Jarret J. Krosoczka (May 2023)
  • Will Shortz (Apr. 2023)
  • Danny Trejo (Apr. 2023)
  • Mary Roach (Mar. 2023)
  • Kwame Alexander (Feb. 2023)
  • Ross Gay (Jan. 2023)
  • Shawna Sever (Dec. 2022)
  • Caitlin Doughty (Nov. 2022
  • Marlee Matlin (Sept. 2022)

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About Illinois Libraries Present

Illinois Libraries Present is a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering high-quality events. Illinois Libraries Present is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Illinois Libraries Present consists of over 200 public libraries across the state who have joined together to provide high-quality online events at equitable prices for member libraries of all sizes and budgets. It connects communities and audiences across the state through shared event experiences. We're proud to be involved with such a great collaboration. Our Executive Director, Kate Hall chairs the Steering Committee, and our Auditorium Coordinator, Arielle Raybuck chairs the Event Production Committee. 

Goals:

  • To provide high-quality, high-profile events that highlight national names and social justice/DEI issues, that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive for single libraries to hold on their own.

  • To reduce costs and maximize reach by taking advantage of both virtual event platforms and the collective buying power of Illinois public libraries.

  • To allow access to all libraries as equitably as possible, by aligning each library’s cost to participate with the size of their operating budget.

  • To define clear and distinct roles among Illinois Libraries Present committees and the participating libraries, including patron contact points, marketing, invoicing, etc.