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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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

Garfield County Public Library District

I am currently a library employee, however my story starts before I began working at the library. I have 3 kids who would request to visit the library every week just to see what kind of programs they had going on. Being an avid reader myself, I was encouraged that my kids were asking to go to the... More about Garfield County Public Library District from Jaimie Schauf

Glen Ellyn Public Library

Members of the Glen Ellyn Library Foundation Board, library staff and Glen Crest students stand around the Short Story Kiosk.
Our Short Story Kiosk, generously donated by the Glen Ellyn Library Foundation last spring, has ventured out into the community and made its first stop at Glen Crest Middle School! The Kiosk dispenses one, three and five-minute stories and poems on long scrolls resembling receipt paper. At Glen... More about Glen Ellyn Public Library from Rachel Reiter

Vernon Hills High School Library Media Center

VHHS therapy dog Basil comes to read with students.
The Library Media Center at Vernon Hills High School focuses on reading, research and fun! We host students in their classes as they seek reliable information sources and how to cite those sources; we celebrate reading with fiction arranged in 10 genres and an emphasis on books nominated for the... More about Vernon Hills High School Library Media Center from Monica Tolva

West Leyden High School, Leyden High Schools District # 212

West Leyden High School Library; Students engaged in our annual "Don't be Loco, Have Some Cocoa" reading campaign!
The West Leyden High School Library, located in Northlake, IL is an amazing place to work, to engage, to read, to research, to tinker, to decompress and to learn! We are in a brand "new construction" library! Students have amazing opportunities here.  We have had and will continue to... More about West Leyden High School, Leyden High Schools District # 212 from Janine M. Asmus, West Leyden Librarian

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