Library Ideas for ARPA Funding - 5 SWAN Hosted Brainstorming Events

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The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) presents a unique one-time opportunity for Illinois libraries to apply for funds for programs or services created to help communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have invited Diane Foote, ILA Executive Director, to our June 3rd SWAN Quarterly meeting to provide an overview of the various forms ARPA funds will be allocated in Illinois. Following the Quarterly meeting, SWAN will host regional meetings to generate some ideas for possible application when the funds are available. Full details on how to apply for funds are not available yet, but libraries working together will likely have greater chances of success if the ideas are created and organized now, versus later.

Some ideas shared by library directors for possible funding:

  • Laptops purchased for library users to check-out
  • Unrestricted reciprocal borrower access to local library computer use (library reimbursed if charging non-residents)
  • Tutoring for K-12 students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

These will be online brainstorming events for library directors and administrators. We have five suggested groups organized by county/region.

Kane County Group Meeting: Monday, June 7, 2021 1pm - 2pm

Register for Kane County Grp Mtg

DuPage County Group Meeting: Monday, June 7, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Register for DuPage County Grp Mtg

Cook County South Group Meeting: Wednesday, June 9, 2021 1pm - 2pm

Register for Cook County South Grp Mtg

Cook County North Group Meeting: Wednesday, June 9, 2021 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Register for Cook County North Grp Mtg

Will County Group Meeting: Thursday, June 10, 2021 1pm - 2pm

Register for Will County Grp Mtg

 

Our suggested group meetings fall into five library groups: please refer to your library within one of these groups.

Bellwood Public Library

Cook County North

Berkeley Public Library

Cook County North

Berwyn Public Library

Cook County North

Broadview Public Library District

Cook County North

Brookfield Public Library

Cook County North

Cicero Public Library

Cook County North

Eisenhower Public Library District

Cook County North

Elmwood Park Public Library

Cook County North

Forest Park Public Library

Cook County North

Franklin Park Public Library District

Cook County North

Hillside Public Library

Cook County North

Hodgkins Public Library District

Cook County North

La Grange Public Library

Cook County North

LaGrange Park Public Library District

Cook County North

Lyons Public Library

Cook County North

Maywood Public Library District

Cook County North

McCook Public Library District

Cook County North

Melrose Park Public Library

Cook County North

North Riverside Public Library District

Cook County North

Northlake Public Library District

Cook County North

Oak Park Public Library

Cook County North

River Forest Public Library

Cook County North

River Grove Public Library District

Cook County North

Riverside Public Library

Cook County North

Schiller Park Public Library

Cook County North

Stickney-Forest View Public Library District

Cook County North

Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Cook County North

Westchester Public Library

Cook County North

Acorn Public Library District

Cook County South

Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library District

Cook County South

Bedford Park Public Library District

Cook County South

Blue Island Public Library

Cook County South

Bridgeview Public Library

Cook County South

Calumet City Public Library

Cook County South

Calumet Park Public Library

Cook County South

Chicago Heights Public Library

Cook County South

Chicago Ridge Public Library

Cook County South

Crestwood Public Library District

Cook County South

Dolton Public Library District

Cook County South

Evergreen Park Public Library

Cook County South

Flossmoor Public Library

Cook County South

Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library District

Cook County South

Grande Prairie Public Library District

Cook County South

Green Hills Public Library District

Cook County South

Harvey Public Library District

Cook County South

Homewood Public Library District

Cook County South

Justice Public Library District

Cook County South

Lansing Public Library

Cook County South

Markham Public Library

Cook County South

Matteson Area Public Library District

Cook County South

Midlothian Public Library

Cook County South

Nancy L. McConathy Public Library District

Cook County South

Oak Lawn Public Library

Cook County South

Palos Heights Public Library

Cook County South

Palos Park Public Library

Cook County South

Park Forest Public Library

Cook County South

Prairie State College

Cook County South

Prairie Trails Public Library District

Cook County South

Richton Park Public Library District

Cook County South

Riverdale Public Library District

Cook County South

South Holland Public Library

Cook County South

Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library District

Cook County South

Summit Public Library District

Cook County South

Thornton Public Library

Cook County South

Tinley Park Public Library

Cook County South

William Leonard Public Library District

Cook County South

Worth Public Library District

Cook County South

Bensenville Community Public Library District

DuPage County

Bensenville Elementary School District #2

DuPage County

Bloomingdale Public Library

DuPage County

Carol Stream Public Library

DuPage County

Clarendon Hills Public Library

DuPage County

Downers Grove Public Library

DuPage County

Glen Ellyn Public Library

DuPage County

Glenside Public Library District

DuPage County

Hinsdale Public Library

DuPage County

Indian Prairie Public Library District

DuPage County

Itasca Community Library

DuPage County

Morton Arboretum

DuPage County

National University of Health Sciences

DuPage County

Oak Brook Public Library

DuPage County

Roselle Public Library District

DuPage County

Theosophical Society in America

DuPage County

Villa Park Public Library

DuPage County

Warrenville Public Library District

DuPage County

West Chicago Public Library District

DuPage County

Westmont Public Library

DuPage County

Wood Dale Public Library District

DuPage County

Woodridge Public Library

DuPage County

Batavia Public Library District

Kane County

Geneva Public Library District

Kane County

Kaneville Public Library District

Kane County

Messenger Public Library of North Aurora

Kane County

St Charles Public Library District

Kane County

Sugar Grove Public Library District

Kane County

Town and Country Public Library District

Kane County

Beecher Community Library District

Will County

Crete Public Library District

Will County

Frankfort Public Library District

Will County

University Park Public Library District

Will County