How has your library had a positive impact on your life, or on the lives of others? Read through the stories below, and add your own story.

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Colin Powell Middle School part of Elementary School District 159-Matteson

First in my own life. Aspiring in the field of Library Science and Information Technology, the the fascination and challenging times we are working and living in provides an opportunity for teachers, students, and families to get acquainted with how their independent learning and life-long learning... More about Colin Powell Middle School part of Elementary School District 159-Matteson from Dr Thomas Mallory Hill

Colona District Public Library

Colona District Public Library’s Youth Services assistant, Bailey Hager, has had a very busy spring and summer. Bailey began a Virtual Story Time in March which will continue indefinitely. She purposefully chose books to match crafts she was demonstrating using items easily found in a home. Bailey... More about Colona District Public Library from Sarah Alexander

Palos Park Public Library

Bridie Murphy watching story time on the computer.
Library Programs Bridge the Distance Bridie Murphy faithfully attends story time with Ms. B at the Palos Park Public Library. She listens to the welcome song, looks at all the pictures, and knows when to say goodbye. With the implementation of social distancing regulations, story time looks a... More about Palos Park Public Library from Emily Hampston

Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center

Zoom cart and attorneys who volunteer for the Divorce and Family Law Help Call-in Service
My library is…changing and creating services to meet the needs of our patrons during COVID-19 My library, the Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center, has run a very successful walk-in program, Divorce and Family Law Help, every Thursday for the last three years. We pair self-... More about Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center from Ellen Schmid

Aurora Public Library

Aurora Public Library
During the COVID-19 pandemic, when every library in Illinois shut down, the Aurora Public Library reached out to a local homeless shelter to ask how the library could help. The shelter said that the residents missed the library, so APL created a new branch at the shelter, bringing reading materials... More about Aurora Public Library from

Bartlett Public Library District

Library visitor sitting in an armchair.
Marianne Nyberg was brought to a library by her father at least every other week when she was growing up. It was in a library that she learned to read, while, more importantly, cultivating a love of reading as well. Now, being a resident of Bartlett for the past 33 years, her love of libraries has... More about Bartlett Public Library District from Roslyn Schmaltz

Robert W. Rowe Public Library District

Hello Patty!  I wanted to share the picture that I took today with you. I also wanted to thank you all for your efforts and programs. We have loved visiting the library. When I was a kid I always loved going there and I see the same light in my daughter’s eyes and it makes me so happy. She is a... More about Robert W. Rowe Public Library District from Patricia Smith

Bartlett Public Library District

Tracy Kasten and her family moved to Bartlett just a little over three years ago in order to be near family; they really love the small town feel of Bartlett, and the fact that they’re putting down their roots. With twins Marie (5) and George (5) Kasten, Tracy and her husband are busy going out and... More about Bartlett Public Library District from Roslyn Schmaltz