Illinois Libraries Present

The following events are made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration between public libraries which offers high-quality events for member libraries of all sizes and budgets.


Kwame Alexander

Saying Yes to Your Story: A Conversation with Kwame Alexander
Wednesday, February 8 @ 7 PM on Zoom
Join us for an evening of inspiration and conversation with best-selling and award-winning children’s and young adult author and poet, Kwame Alexander. As a creator of more than 36 books, Kwame will energize our community to harness the power of words and storytelling for change!



Coming Soon!


The Weird Wonderful World of Mary Roach
Wednesday, March 1 @ 7 p.m.

Danny Trejo talks Tacos, Hollywood, and Redemption
Tuesday, April 4 @ 7 p.m.

Secrets of the Puzzle Master: A Conversation with Will Shortz
Tuesday, April 25 @ 7 p.m.


Past Speakers

  • Marlee Matlin (Sept. 2022)
  • Jesmyn Ward (Oct. 2022- rescheduled TBD)
  • Caitlin Doughty (Nov. 2022)
  • Shawna Sever (Dec. 2022)
  • Ross Gay (Jan. 2023)


About Illinois Libraries Present

Illinois Libraries Present is a statewide collaboration among public libraries offering high-quality events. Illinois Libraries Present is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Illinois Libraries Present consists of over 200 public libraries across the state who have joined together to provide high-quality online events at equitable prices for member libraries of all sizes and budgets. It connects communities and audiences across the state through shared event experiences. We're proud to be involved with such a great collaboration. Our Executive Director, Kate Hall chairs the Steering Committee, and our Auditorium Coordinator, Arielle Raybuck chairs the Event Production Committee. 


  • To provide high-quality, high-profile events that highlight national names and social justice/DEI issues, that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive for single libraries to hold on their own.

  • To reduce costs and maximize reach by taking advantage of both virtual event platforms and the collective buying power of Illinois public libraries.

  • To allow access to all libraries as equitably as possible, by aligning each library’s cost to participate with the size of their operating budget.

  • To define clear and distinct roles among Illinois Libraries Present committees and the participating libraries, including patron contact points, marketing, invoicing, etc.