Rockford Public Library

Leonard Bernstein at 100

The Rockford arts community will celebrate musical icon Leonard Bernstein during the month of April.

The festival, "Leonard Bernstein at 100," is being led by the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. RSO Education and Community Engagement Director Margo Stedman said Bernstein’s many accomplishments as a composer, conductor and music educator are reason enough to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth.

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A book from the Rockford Public Library recently made its way back from across the Atlantic Ocean – more than 120 years later.

Bridget Finn is director of marketing and communications at Rockford Public Library. She says the sender is from England and inherited the book from her aunt.

Finn says the book that belonged to the library in 1893 is a bound collection of magazines from Great Britain in the 19th century. She says it was a reference book and most likely wasn’t even checked out from the Rockford Public Library to begin with.

Jenna Dooley

Utility rate payers, not taxpayers, will help cover the cost to build a new library in downtown Rockford.

A gas plant operated at the current site of Rockford’s main library in the 1800s. Due to a series of mergers over the years, it's now the responsibility of utility company ComEd to clean up contaminated soil underneath the building.

Five states currently have laws allowing terminally ill patients to take life-ending medicine.

Final Options Illinois is showing the movie “How To Die In Oregon” at the Rockford Public Library this weekend; it follows people’s experiences with aid-in-dying laws and their origins. 

Ed Gogol, president of Final Options Illinois, says this subject benefits from an open discussion.

The Board of Trustees recently approved a three-year labor contract clearing up language that would open the door to Sunday hours. 

A previous contract required employees to be paid time-and-a-half on Sundays.  The board said this was a large financial burden that prevented branches from opening on that day.  This is despite several requests from the public.  

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