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Dixon Library Adds Virtual Events Programming By Joining Consortium – Shaw Local

DIXON – The Dixon Public Library has joined a consortium of nearly 200 libraries that will mean expanded virtual programming for community members.

The library board on Monday approved an intergovernmental agreement with Northbrook Public Library and Reaching Across Illinois Library System, or RAILS.

In 2021, a group of Illinois libraries launched a new state cooperative called Illinois Libraries Present to provide high-quality online events at fair prices for participating member libraries of all sizes and budgets.

There were 192 public libraries participating in the pilot program, including Sterling Public Library. The program has made available interviews and programs with celebrities, including comedian Jenny Lawson, musician Jeff Tweedy and actor/writer Nick Offerman.

The group’s first full season will feature 12 programs through June 2023.

“It allows us to work together and deliver quality programming that we could never do alone,” said library director Antony Deter. “That’s what libraries are with resource sharing.”

Libraries must pay an annual fee based on the size of their budgets, which will be $150 for the Dixon Library.

Upcoming programs include “A Conversation with Caitlin Doughty” at 7 p.m. on November 16 and “A Conversation with Shauna Sever” at 7 p.m. on December 13.

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