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Lisle Library District

The Lisle Library District, which celebrated an historic 50th anniversary in 2015, has a reputation for top-quality public service and is known in the community as the place to go for knowledgeable and friendly assistance.

Located at the corner of Kingston Avenue and Front Street adjacent to Downtown Lisle, the library service area encompasses all of Lisle proper in addition to some unincorporated areas in Lisle/Naperville.

It is the place to go to find local information, explore your cultural heritage, pursue a hobby, stimulate your child’s interest in reading, access the internet, conduct academic research, improve your literacy, find a good book or DVD or use the many other library resources and services.

Among the most popular offerings is a Storytime series designed for young patrons. It features uniquely designed sessions which introduce children to the wonderful world of books and literacy in a way that is both engaging and developmentally appropriate.

The Library District also offers Monday Fundays and Terrific Tuesdays: featuring STEAM (science, tech, engineering, art and math) related programming.

Its Gallery 777 serves as an avenue for the respectful presentation of artistic and imaginative talents within the diverse Lisle community. It provides creative recognition for local artists to display their works.

In 2014, the library district became one of the first public libraries in Illinois to make available open-pollinated, heirloom seeds through its Seed Library program. Seeds are available for checkout at the Connection Desk. The LLD Seed Library, is funded through donations by Seed Matters and the Seed Savers Exchange. It is designed to strengthen biodiversity in the community and encourage the discussion of local food systems and sharing of resources.

— The library also offers a film club and five professional librarian-facilitated book discussion groups including sci-fi, mystery, fiction and nonfiction.

Computer classes include sessions on databases such as Ancestry.com, Lynda.com, Twitter and Facebook for Beginners, in addition to one-on-one personal computing instruction.

Chess Monday draws chess lovers of all ages to challenge partners with strategic and tactical moves as they play the game of kings.

“Public libraries are essential hubs of community access, education, information and connection,” said newly-appointed Library Director Tatiana Weinstein. She will direct services and programs in accordance with the library’s mission, vision, values, goals and objectives and is accountable to the seven-member board of trustees. “Every day brings a new experience or challenge – as well as new faces. I’m honored to work in this field and for such a great public library.”

She is a familiar face to library patrons, having served since 1998 in a variety of capacities. Prior to her new appointment, she served as readers’ advisor, reference librarian, assistant director of information services and assistant director/director of adult services.

History

In 1963, members of the Lisle Woman’s Club expressed a dream to see a full-service public library developed in the community. A year later, the Friends of the Lisle Library group formed to work for passage of a referendum to create a permanent library facility. The Lisle Library was founded as a library district in 1965.

The original store front facility, which opened in 1967, had 1,250 square feet of space. A new 12,500-square-foot building was constructed at 777 Front St. in 1981, and a 13,500-square-foot building addition dedicated in 1989. The library building was reconfigured in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2007. New furniture, carpeting, and a bright new window area on the Adult level was added at the time.

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