Category Archives: Success Stories

Space Planning: Elmhurst’s Experience

by Mary Beth Harper, Director, Elmhurst Public Library One of my favorite things to do is walk around the Library and see how people are using it.  On any given day, I’ll see the obvious: reading, studying, working, and browsing.  … Continue reading

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Life Happens, Fines Don’t.

On September 15, 2014, Algonquin Area Public Library District (AAPLD) joined the ranks of a few trend-setting libraries and stopped charging their cardholders overdue fines. That same day, the Library also waived all overdue fines from AAPLD cardholder accounts, a … Continue reading

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So you want to host an author!

When Jane Hamilton visited the Warren-Newport Public Library in Gurnee in 1998, she began a long tradition of author appearances that now number close to 150. Tawni O’Dell went from winning the Friends of the Library creative writing contest to … Continue reading

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Part 2: Libraries Change Lives: How the Big Read Helped Veterans Heal

We have different names for this process in libraries, of course. We call it Community Driven. Community Engagement. 21st Century. Advisory Committeed. Embedded Librarianship. Asset-based Community Development. No one person can take the credit because it is a complex organism … Continue reading

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Part 1: Libraries Change Lives: How the Big Read Helped Veterans Heal

58,286 names. 9 from Elgin, 6 from St. Charles, 6 from Carpentersville, 5 from Crystal Lake, 3 from Cary, 3 from Batavia, 2 from Geneva, 2 from Streamwood, 1 each from Algonquin, Gilberts, Hampshire, Hanover Park, Huntley, Wayne. Young men, … Continue reading

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Bringing the Outreach IN: The West Chicago Public Library District Summer Lunch Program

As part of its continuing efforts to reach out and serve community needs, the West Chicago Public Library District (WCPLD) has created a unique service opportunity that literally brings outreach IN. Throughout the summer, the library participates in the Northern … Continue reading

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Effective Door-to-door Campaigning

In November 2012, the Broadview Public Library District passed a 4.1 million dollar building referendum with an overwhelming 81% majority.   When we went back and analyzed the campaign the real success story was our door-to-door campaign. Door-to-door is a technique … Continue reading

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