Skokie Public Library 2017 Year in Review Scroll down to begin

It's been a remarkable year at Skokie Public Library. We've celebrated major milestones like the 20th anniversary of our wonderful Booking with a Buddy program and the 35th anniversary of our Young Steinway performance series. We've connected young patrons with authors and artists through meaningful visits from Javaka Steptoe and Jason Reynolds. We've explored big questions through our Civic Lab discussions and the nationally touring exhibit Explore Space. And all of this is possible because of the support of our incredible community. Our patrons are what make us great.

Let's take a look back at just a few of the other moments that made 2017 such a special year.

Clifford meets a fan at the bookmobile anniversary party.

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.

Library staff and patrons participate in the Stand Against Racism.

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.

A library staff member offers group guitar instruction during How-To Fest.

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.

Submissions to the Camp Mailbox on display.

Summer Reading

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.

Patrons view the eclipse outside the library using special glasses.

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.

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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