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What's In a Name: Celebrate Family History Month

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October is Family History Month, don’t ya know, and starting your genealogy journey has never been easier thanks to Try-It! Illinois. The Illinois State Library, in collaboration with multiple e-resource providers, launched Try-It! Illinois in 2001 to give Illinois residents the opportunity to explore an extensive list of resources that aren’t always available to them otherwise. This year, the trial will run from October 1, 2016 through November 30, 2016.

National Library Card Sign-up Month: Get Carded!

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, an event started in 1987 to raise awareness of the importance of having a library card in the education of children and teenagers.  Since September is the start of the school year, it’s an ideal time to sign-up for your first card or renew an old card!

Snoopy ALA Library Card Sign-up Month poster

Become a U.S. Citizen

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Citizenship is not just a piece of paper; it is a source of empowerment and an investment in good government. Only U.S. citizens can vote in federal elections, apply for passports that will allow them to travel freely, and be assured that their right to remain in America will never be taken away. 

The University of Everywhere

In 2013, a man named Kevin Carey decided to take a class in genetics through the distinguished Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As Carey explains, “I did not fill out a college application or financial aid form or write a personal essay explaining why my life-altering experience founding a shelter for homeless marmots made me uniquely qualified to attend MIT. Nor did I pay MIT any tuition, which runs over $42,000 per year, plus another $15,000 for books, fees, and room and board.


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