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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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

Bartlett Public Library District

Pictured is Sarah and Neal Fuchs and their five sons who just came out of a BPLD program.
Sarah Fuchs has been a resident of Bartlett for 31 years. It’s where she grew up, where she met her husband, and where they raised their family. Part of the reason why she and her family love Bartlett so much also has to do with the Bartlett Public Library District.   “The library provides... More about Bartlett Public Library District from Roslyn Schmaltz

Olivet Nazarene University

hula hoop contest winner
We are an academic library but we still make time for fun! This October, in honor of our local OBOC book, Rise of the Rocket Girls, we held a space-themed party for the students. Events included space trivia, alien creations & a hula hoop contest! We had a "blast"! More about Olivet Nazarene University from Trisha Campbell

Seneca Public Library District

My kids and I love the low key vibe and kid friendly atmosphere of Seneca Library.  More about Seneca Public Library District from Anonymous

Seneca Public Library District

Such fun kids activities! My kids love all of their events and crafts.

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