Skokie Public Library 2018 Year in Review Scroll down to begin

We had another amazing year at Skokie Public Library in 2018. We came together as a community, we celebrated our successes, and we watched as some of our residents became U.S. citizens. We enjoyed another Summer Reading adventure. We celebrated the diversity of our community as we learned more about our Muslim neighbors. We explored the world around us and, of course, we shared food. We did all this with a dedicated staff who worked right alongside community members. All of you inspire us, and we work to inspire you, as well.

Let's take a closer look at just a few of the moments that made 2018 special.

Adult Program Librarian Mimosa leads a Civic Lab

Civic Engagement

We helped our community stay engaged with important local, national, and international issues. In our Civic Lab, we discussed important issues facing our village and our world and shared reliable, factual resources. We helped you make discoveries about our past, present, and future. And we helped you find information and tools to make your voices heard, especially during an election year.

Customer Services Assistant Sweetal leads a bilingual storytime in English and Hindi

Summer Reading

Oh, the places we went with our annual summer reading program. We said, “Let’s Go!,” and we sure did, with an amazing season of reading, earning badges, and winning prizes. Storytime Splash was a hit when librarians appeared at local pools, and there were plenty of book talks, book giveaways, and more festivities. Our younger residents also had the opportunity to reduce their overdue fines by participating in the program.

The Muslims of Skokie exhibit

Coming Together

This year, Coming Together in Skokie and Niles Township included an exhibit featuring the Muslims of Skokie. Our Voices of Muslim Women event drew a lively and engaged crowd and sparked good conversation among community members. We also took a Stand against Racism to show our solidarity as part of a community that welcomes everyone.

Learning through play in the courtyard

Outdoor Learning

Our bookmobile went to many of our schools and neighborhoods, delivering books, movies, and personal service. Photo workshops, nature walks, and nature play gave us the chance to enjoy our village in its natural setting. Of course, Wednesdays on the Green provided opportunities to meet, listen to music, and enjoy the outdoors. We also learned about the natural world that surrounds us every day with special events and programs.

Community Food Remix Fair


Is there is a better way for people to come together than by sharing a meal? We think not. We had many opportunities to break bread this year. We shared recipes and cooking tips, served summer lunches and after-school snacks, and hosted monthly luncheons to help start conversations for adults older than 60.

We also began offering short cooking demos on our YouTube channel.

Thank you!

Skokie Public Library staff, volunteers, and Board of Trustees:

  • Mark Prosperi, President
  • Diana Hunter, Vice President/ President Emerita
  • Karen Parrilli, Secretary
  • Mira Barbir
  • Susan Greer
  • Eugene F. Griffin
  • Jonathan H. Maks, MD

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