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Libraries are committed to following the values of our profession as set forth by American Library Association (ALA). These values include equity, diversity and inclusion, social responsibility, and lifelong learning. At this moment in history, Midlothian Public Library follows the example of the ALA and the Illinois Library Association in declaring that we stand against racism and systemic injustice in all forms. In the words of the ALA, “Wherever it resides, racism leads to degradation. It weakens our institutions and destroys our communities and is one of the greatest obstacles to the American Library Association’s mission ‘to enhance learning and ensure access to information to all.’”

Midlothian Public Library is committed to creating a library environment where all are welcome and treated with dignity and respect. We endeavor to provide educational resources to assist members of our community of all ages to learn about the realities of racism and injustice and to build a library collection that reflects the diversity of human experience. We pledge to engage in ongoing self-examination to ensure that bias and discrimination have no place in the practices, policies or procedures of this institution. In doing so, we aspire to do our part to eradicate racism from society and create a more just world.

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director and the Midlothian Public Library Board of Trustees

Dear Library Patrons,

For weeks, I have been working with the regional and statewide library associations to which we belong and following the public health announcements of Governor Prizker and various public health agencies, and I have formulated a draft plan for a phased reopening of Midlothian Public Library. This Monday, May 11, at 6:30 PM, the Library Board of Trustees will meet online to authorize start dates and procedures for Phases 1 and 2 of this plan.

Options for Joining the Online Public Meeting

On an Internet browser, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84122949806

On a tablet or smartphone, install the free Zoom app and type in Meeting ID: 841 2294 9806

By phone, dial 1-312-626-6799 and enter Meeting ID: 841 2294 9806

Options for Public Comment

By email to Board President Mary Chiz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5:30 PM on May 11. Comments submitted in advance by email will be read aloud during agenda item # 5.

During agenda item #5, comments will be invited by chat or voice in the Zoom platform.

The meeting agenda is available here.

The recording of the public meeting will be posted on the library's YouTube channel on Tuesday, May 12 and made available for one week following.

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director

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Dear Library Patrons,

Here are some things you can do online this week with Midlothian Public Library!

New! Thursday Evening Online "Chat" Series for Adults

Chat with library staff about a different topic on Zoom each week and learn while you socialize.

Thursday, May 7: Craft & Chat

Learn more about crocheting, share what projects you are working on (whatever your craft), help each other through rough patches, and enjoy visiting with other crafters.

Join on a desktop or laptop computer by going to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85944800253 installing the free Zoom app on your phone or tablet and typing in Meeting ID: 859 4480 0253, or by dialing 1-312-626-6799 and entering the same Meeting ID. Questions may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upcoming Programs in "Chat" Series

May 14: Garden & Chat

May 21: Creative Writing & Chat

May 28: Movies & Chat

See our online program calendar for more details!

Reminder! "Read to a Librarian" Online Program for Kids

Sign up for a 20 minute slot to read to a librarian once a week! Sign up for the time that works best for you from our online program calendar, and we will pair you with one of our fantastic librarians to read with you using Zoom!

For ages 4-12, any reading level. An adult must be in the room while the child is reading.

Our librarians are looking forward to seeing you online!

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director

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Dear Library Patrons,

Here at the end of the week, I'd just like to share a couple of quick updates on library services and programs during our closure

Parking Lot WiFi Signal Range Extended

We've added two new access points nearer to the parking lot, so our WiFi range has been extended to the whole parking lot. Look for the network called LIBRARYGUEST and remember to remain INSIDE VEHICLES for social distancing.

New "Read to a Librarian" Online Program for Kids

Sign up for a 20 minute slot to read to a librarian once a week! Sign up for the time that works best for you from our online program calendar, and we will pair you with one of our fantastic librarians to read with you using Zoom!

This program is for children ages 4-12 of any reading level, beginner to pro.

An adult must be in the room while the child is reading, and the adult's email is required for signup.

Typically, the child should bring their own books, but a librarian can also screen-share an eBook if you need new reading material.

Our librarians are looking forward to seeing you online!

"Book Talks" Zoom Link & Meeting ID Changed

If you've been attending the Monday evening Book Talks discussion on Zoom, the new link for this program is https://zoom.us/j/93268629169, and the new Meeting ID is 932 6862 9169.

If you've not been attending but would like to join, it's not too late. Monday, April 27 at 6:30 PM, we will be discussing the short story "Black Eyes and the Daily Grind" by Stephen Marlowe, available free through the library's Overdrive/Libby/Media On Demand eBook service or free online.

Reminders

Our full schedule of online programs and how to access them is available here. And don't forget our Help Button on the lower right hand corner of our website to request help from library staff any time.

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director

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Dear Library Patrons,

When the library is open, our Help Desk staff answer questions from the public every week about how to access a variety of social services. We know this is a time of need for many in our community, so we'd like to share some information with you and hope you will pass it along to those who need it.

Applying for Unemployment

Apply online at www2.illinois.gov/ides or by phone 800-244-5631 or 866-488-4016 TTY.

Online filing schedule:

  • Last names beginning with lettersA-M:Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays
  • Last names beginning with letters N-Z: Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays
  • Saturdays are available for those who could not file during their allotted window.

Phone filing schedule:

  • Last names beginning with letters A-M:Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30 am-6 pm.
  • Last names beginning with letters N-Z: Mondays & Wednesdays, 7:30 am-6 pm.
  • Fridays are available for those who could not file during their allotted window.

Additional Resources from the State of Illinois

For food, shelter, medical, and other assistance, visit the Illinois Department of Human Services at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/ or call 1-833-2-FIND-HELP (1-833-234-6343).

For questions regarding health insurance and COVID-19, visit https://getcovered.illinois.gov/en or call (800) 318-2596. For Medicaid call (800) 843-6154.

Local Resources

St. Christopher Parish Food Pantry, 4130 147th Street. Mondays and Thursdays,10 am-12 pm; bring a current picture ID.

St. Stephen Food Pantry, 14700 Kildare Avenue (parking lot south of building). Tuesdays from 6:30-8 pm. Implementing low- or no-contact procedures; bring current ID and utility bill.

Together We Cope, 17010 Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park, (708) 633-5040. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 am-1 pm. Thursday 2 pm-6 pm. Client services by phone or email only. Curbside food pickup.

The Hub, (708)-966-9HUB. Call for referrals to agencies and individuals in the southland who can help with basic human needs, public benefits, and professional services. 

Need Help Finding Other Services? Ask Library Staff!

Pease click the Help Button at the lower right hand corner of our website and send us your question. We will get back to you within one business day.

Wishing you safety and wellness,

Jennifer Cottrill, Library Director

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