We Love Our Library!
Skokie Public Library Stories

Here's a sample of the reasons people like you love Skokie Public Library.

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“Aside from numerous free programs for almost every child (including weekly, high-quality story hour programs), we’ve attended things as diverse as an Ella Jenkins concert and an evening of Lego fun. And of course, they have a craft room in which my kids can easily spend an hour or more. When we talk about what we’ll miss about living in Skokie, the library almost always tops the list.”

— a family moving from Skokie to Israel in July 2007


“The collection of world cinema masterpieces is probably the best in the country…Sharon’s knowledge is only matched by her enthusiasm. Thank you for allowing us to have the fantastic video/music department.”

— Leopold


“One of my kids is autistic, and she has been positively welcomed in the children’s department and the kids’ computer room. We really appreciate Grace’s inclusive attitude to my daughter’s special needs.”

— Celia


“A friend just moved from San Francisco. She’s looking for a job. First thing I told her to do is get a Skokie Library Card, and use your resources to find jobs. Now she is landing a manager job at Boston Market.”

— Pam


“This is the best resource for avid readers that exists anywhere in this area.”

— Larry


“Very good in getting interlibrary loan books and other books and materials when requested from other places when the library does not own the book.”

— Mira


“When preparing presentations, I have always used the library for research and the reference librarians have always been most helpful.”

— Gloria


“I love the e-mail system—I rely on it to get my items returned on time, and it’s also handy for reserved books.”

— Leslie


“Two of my children never seem to have enough books. The children’s librarians have been so helpful with their ability to always be able to find books my children haven’t read yet that would interest them. I love the books on tape or CD. I get the children’s stories and we listen to them during our many carpools. They keep the children quiet and I get to teach them new vocabulary of concepts from the stories.”

— Randie


“My kids like participating in the summer Big/Little Reading Buddy program. My daughter has “graduated” to becoming a big buddy and is very excited about it.”

— Malka


“I was interested in finding a book written in the early 1920s that made reference to my grandfather and you provided it twice; once from the basement of the Waukegan library and the next time from a college library downstate.”

— Gene


“This library is the bomb! It’s the only library in Illinois that has Sweet Valley High season one on DVD. I checked the Net!"

— Jennie


“My mother came to live with me while recovering from a heart attack. She needed large-print books and was very happy to find them. I learned to love reading from her and it made me feel great to be able to bring her to the library to find the authors and series she wanted. She really looked forward to those visits.”

— Carol


“The Bookmobile and its staff are the greatest.”

— Gordon


“I have been able to enlist librarian assistance from home via internet access. Lots of resources available online.”

— Ava


“I was looking for the front page of the Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune for the date of my husband’s birth. The librarian found both and made copies for me. I was able to use the pages as placemats for guests at his surprise birthday party.”

— Elaine


“I appreciate all the extra programs, speakers, and music you bring in for our benefit. It is a real family library, and of course everyone treats one another like family, too.”

— John


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National Medal

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National Medal for Museum & Library Service