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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Evanston Public Library

Every Saturday afternoon for the past three years, approximately 40 residents of The Mather settle in to view the Saturday Science Series.  These films come from libraries all over the area through interlibrary loan and are handled very efficiently by the Evanston library staff.  I think... More about Evanston Public Library from Jane Roth

Northbrook Public Library

Northbrook Writes Participant, Hollie Smurthwaite
Finishing a novel is a triumph for any writer. For Hollie Smurthwaite, it’s doubly thrilling. Earlier in the year, she had submitted her manuscript, The Color of Trauma to the "Soon to Be Famous Illinois Author Manuscript Contest."  Weeks later she received a phone call informing her she was one of... More about Northbrook Public Library from Linda Vering

Northbrook Public Library

A photo of Sarah Brimer, a voracious reader and patron of the Northbrook Public Library
A Life Filled with Great Books: The Winner of Our Winter Reading Program Shares Her Secret Sarah Brimer, winner of the library’s Winter Reading grand prize drawing for an iPad, can finish a book in two days. Sarah, who moved to Northbrook from New York three years ago to live with her daughter, is... More about Northbrook Public Library from Linda Vering

Bartlett Public Library District

Walking through the doors of the Still Bar & Grill in Bartlett to join in on the Bartlett Public Library District’s BookLite book club conversation sounds a bit nerve-wracking when you don’t know many people present, but Bartlett resident Cristina Ligocki absolutely loved it.   “It was a... More about Bartlett Public Library District from Anonymous

Hinckley Public Library District

In a small town with no regular activities or entertainment opportunities, the library is a place to meet your new best friend. There are many kids between the ages of 8 and 13 who meet at the library after school and during the summer to play their favorite computer games together. As the noise... More about Hinckley Public Library District from Anonymous

Schaumburg Township District Library

Marlene Jones appreciates Schaumburg Library's home delivery service because it's not easy for her to drive these days.
Marlene Jones has always made it a priority to stay connected and active in the community.  “I work with my church group to bring in presenters,” she said. “I love the programs and book clubs at The Barn in Schaumburg. And I like to go to Schaumburg Library for programs, too, but it’s tougher... More about Schaumburg Township District Library from Anonymous

Schaumburg Township District Library

Linda Swan came to Schaumburg Library when she wanted to transfer her home movies to a digital format.
Linda Swan’s home movie from a 1972 trip to Norway has been brought into the Digital Age. Shot on Super 8 film, Linda no longer has to worry about deterioration over time – or her projector breaking – because she’s converting her movies using equipment at Schaumburg Library. “We have movies from... More about Schaumburg Township District Library from Anonymous

Schaumburg Township District Library

Former MLB pitcher Jim Mecir came to Schaumburg Library when he needed help getting his new business off the ground.
Born with a club foot, Jim Mecir overcame his disability to find success in the big leagues as the pitcher for the Oakland A’s team depicted in the bestselling book and movie Moneyball. Now a resident of Kildeer, Jim has teamed up with Ellen Schnur from The Second City and created ImprovTalk , a... More about Schaumburg Township District Library from Anonymous

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