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“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” – Dr. Seuss

From books to technology, West Suburban residents have access to a plethora of resources and services at libraries including the LaGrange Park Public Library, Hodgkin’s Library, LaGrange Public Library and the Thomas Ford Memorial Library, Western Springs.

Celebrating a historic 40th anniversary this year, the LaGrange Park Public Library has come a long way since 1975 when the Suburban Library System’s travelling bookmobile made several weekly stops within the Village.

“Our library today is the single central connection for everyone in the village, serving as curator of the community’s base of knowledge and opportunities for enrichment,” says Lynn Elam, interim director. “Trustees, staff and volunteers are intentionally focused on delivering education and skills needed for high quality of life in the 21st century through reading, viewing, listening and learning.”

In 1976, the first library was housed in a cozy 5,400-square-foot space in the basement of School District 102’s old Forest Road School. Throughout the 1980s, patrons fondly recall the children’s story hour and browsing among the select 4,600 book collection. A 1987 referendum provided funding for the current three-story, 21,000-square-foot library building which was completed and opened in November, 1989.

With today’s circulation of 152,613 items and an additional eBook circulation of 6,973, the LaGrange Park Public Library has become an epicenter of resources with 76,883 books, 24,319 audio items, 3,509 audio downloadable titles, 6,467 videos and DVDs, 172 periodical subscriptions, 31 licensed databases and 22,820 eBook titles.

The recently renovated first floor features comfortable seating and cozy lounge-style seating with built in power for computers and mobile devices. Roll-out of updated technology in December includes 26 new laptop computers which replace former desktop computers and bulky computer workstations. Made possible by a special $50,000 legislative grant, the computers run the latest versions of Microsoft Windows, the newest Microsoft Office Suites, and boast touchscreen capabilities. According to Gabe Oppenheim, IT director, this effectively doubles Internet and computing capabilities for the library’s 8,900 cardholders and visitors.

Also new this spring is an upgraded new online catalog. After 10 years with the current catalog, LaGrange Park Public Library and 76 SWAN libraries will offer a new generation Enterprise catalog with access to downloadable media like eBooks and audiobooks and have the potential to search online reference sources. Patrons may search the library’s physical and digital materials with one click, and initiate eBook downloads from within the catalog.e

“Over the years, we have collaborated with other area libraries and the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce & Industry on grant projects. Partnership with the Chamber, and their letters of support, have been most helpful and appreciated when applying for grants benefiting the library and our community.”

Kate Zdenek
Adult Services,
LaGrange Park Public Library

Quick Reference:

Please contact each individual library for holiday and special observance schedule changes as well as program information and access.

LaGrange Park Public Library
555 N. LaGrange Rd., LaGrange Park
(708) 352-0100

Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays

Hodgkin’s Public Library
6500 Wenz Ave., Hodgkins
(708) 579-1844

Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; Closed on Sundays

LaGrange Public Library
10 W. Cossitt Ave., LaGrange
(708) 215-3200

Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Sundays Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Thomas Ford Memorial Library
800 Chestnut St., Western Springs
(708) 246-0520

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays

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