Bookmobile 60th Anniversary
For six decades—and five buses—the bookmobile has been making our collection available to the community. Many village residents who visited the bookmobile as children now bring their own children to one of our weekly stops!
Watch our staff and patrons share their memories of the bookmobile in the video below.
Skokie Welcomes Everyone
In partnership with other local organizations, the library was proud to launch Skokie Welcomes Everyone, a campaign to support everyone who lives in the Village. Our staff also participated in mindfulness training and expanded the efforts of our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee so that we are all better equipped to serve our dynamic community.
Community Learning Opportunities
Staff and patrons joined together to share expertise and have a fantastic time at a number of large events this year. New skills were learned at How-to Fest with 15 drop-in stations set up throughout the library on subjects ranging from coffee brewing to go-go dancing. We also celebrated the Lantern Festival with members of the Chinese-American community, sharing stories, calligraphy, and handmade crafts. And we hosted our fourth annual Family Science Expo, giving families an opportunity to dive into a range of exciting science activities.
Camp Imagine was one of our biggest summer reading programs ever. Patrons of all ages got in on the action, earning badges and prizes for reading and trying new things. We created a series of videos to get both staff and patrons excited and keep them engaged throughout the season. And our summer reading assistants worked hard to bring energy and enthusiasm to the camp desk.
Solar Eclipse Party
Our solar eclipse party was a huge success! Cloudy skies couldn't stop more than 1,100 community members from gathering on the Village Green on August 21 to watch this extraordinary astronomical event. With only 300 pairs of glasses on hand sharing was key, and Skokie residents proved that they are generous neighbors and good friends.