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Community Projects

Little Free Libraries: A Hometown Collaboration of Business, Art and Community

In 2015, the Library, with the generosity of Home Depot and area artists, installed five Little Free Libraries around LaSalle.  In addition to serving as public Art, the Little Free Libraries continue the library tradition of public access to information. Participate, share and enjoy the Little Free Libraries in your community.

Noise vs. News: What's Your Source?

Noise vs. News was a collaborative project between Illinois Valley Community College’s Jacobs Library and LaSalle Library in 2017.  It brought scholars, journalists, and the public, together, in an exploration of professional and public responsibilities related to establishing truth in news, and using that knowledge as a first step in finding common ground.  In this important and timely series, topics will include the First Amendment and its protections, "fake" news detection, the the ethics of journalism, and the importance of truth and courage in maintaining a democracy.   The project was live-streamed and later, archived and closed captioned in English and Spanish. 

Illinois Veterans History Project/Digital History

In May of 2017, area middle-school youth had the opportunity to literally, “make history,” in a unique program offered by the LaSalle Public Library. Partnering with the State of Illinois, via a Project Next Generation grant from the Office of the Secretary of State, Jesse White, and with the premiere digital literacy organization, News Literacy Project, the Library offered youth 21st century digital literacy workshops. These workshops taught technical skills and critical thinking related to information and journalism. The skills and insights gained from the workshops provided the foundation for the final project, the filming and production of a permanent archive for the Illinois Veterans’ History Project.

Using their newly acquired skills, workshop participants developed questions, interviewed Illinois Veterans, and recorded the interviews using digital audio/video technologies. The finished project has become a permanent archive of the Illinois Veterans’ History Project. Videos will be transcribed at a later date.  

Project Next Generation is funded by the Office of the Secretary of State, Jesse White, the Illinois State Library and in part using Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.