Your Library in the News
In a figurative and literal sense, Lisel Mueller, found her writing voice after fleeing Nazi Germany with her mother and sister in 1939. She learned a new language and became a poet with a unique style that quickly connected with readers. Mueller, 96, died Feb. 21 from the aftermath of pneumonia at the Admiral of the Lake retirement community in Chicago.
The Lake Bluff Public Library hosted the presentation "Opioids in Lake County," given by Bill Gentes, executive director of Lake County Opioid Initiative, a nonprofit organization formed to combat the growing crisis of addictions and overdoses in the area.
Find local trick-or-treating hours and Halloween weekend events.
The Big Balloon Halloween Show
A mix of magic, comedy and "jaw-dropping" balloon creations is aimed at ages 3 to 12. Featuring entertainer Smarty Pants and his wife and partner Miss Dena, the show will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 in the Kasian Room at the Lake Forest Library. Those interested in attending may register online.
What do you get when you combine teenagers, pizza and paint?
In the case of the Lake Forest Library, you get what happened the night of Thursday, Aug. 22 as members of the library’s Young Adult Advisory Board rolled up their sleeves and painted the walls of the new teen room.
The new teen room is a major improvement over what had previously been their space, according to Emmy Neal, the Lake Forest Library’s teen librarian.
Reporter and author Dan Egan visited Lake Forest on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, and spoke at two events attended by over 400 people as part of Deep Freeze Read, the new winter reading program from Lake Forest and Lake Bluff libraries. This year's selection was Egan's book, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.
On February 20, the Reading Rangers children's book group at Lake Forest Library met with author Marianne Malone via Skype to discuss her series, The Sixty-Eight Rooms, a mystery-fantasy novel set amid the Art Institute of Chicago's famed Thorne Miniature Rooms.
Lake Forest Library hired Emily (Emmy) Neal as the new teen librarian responsible for increasing services and programs for young adults in grades 5–12. Neal began working part-time at the library last fall as she concurrently completed her K–12 teaching certification, and came onboard full-time in December 2018.
Small children and parents packed an activity room at Lake Forest Library for a Noon Year's Eve event, counting down to noon on Dec. 31.
Small children played games, danced, crafted party hats and crushed over 100 feet of bubble wrap to simulate popping corks as the magic hour arrived.
Children’s Librarian Mary Webber said the fourth year of the event was one of the largest to date.
"It was very successful. It was a rainy day and we had a lot of people come and I think everybody had a good time," she said. "When the balloons dropped and the bubble wrap (was stomped) it got a little chaotic, but it was all fun."
We love giving patrons what they ask for at Lake Forest Library, and 2018 ushered in many positive changes, including:
- Staying open an extra hour on Fridays, so you have more time to grab books and movies for the weekend.
- Launching an improved catalog system and a new website with an online calendar and registration system, so you can plan what events to attend.
- Redesigning the newsletter.
- Extending lending periods for many materials up to three weeks and introducing automatic renewals.
- Creating the Most Wanted collection with multiple copies of popular titles so that you can get them sooner.
- Added Kanopy movies and Mango Languages to our free digital resources.
These changes were the result of feedback from you, our patrons and Lake Forest residents. Thank you for participating in our 2017 community survey, filling out comment cards, and sharing ideas with our staff.
The Spirit of 67 Foundation is a not-for-profit, parent-run volunteer organization that raises funds and acquires resources to enrich and enhance the educational and cultural experiences of students, faculty, parents, and staff of Lake Forest School District 67.
Lake Forest Library donated a personalized storytime to this year's Thanks 4 Giving Appreciation Luncheon auction held on October 19, 2018.
One of the most iconic landmarks of Lake Forest is its library building, and the circular dome that sits atop the structure. The dome has now become a symbol for the library’s assessment of building preservation efforts and functional relevancy for future use, as two studies were approved by the library board for architectural service to ascertain options on restoration of the dome and the building itself.