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Whitman: The La Grange Park library makes the holidays better

Community Voice

On one of my many trips to the La Grange Park Public Library, I noticed a family with three young children, a mother and a grandfather walking in the neighborhood. It was apparent that they were new in town, as they were discussing where to live, where they should have dinner that night and what type of house they liked. 

As I walked by, I heard the youngest child exclaim, “Look! The library!” 

The mother assured the child that they would visit the next day and get a library card.

This conversation brought to mind how important our library is to our community.  Open seven days a week, the La Grange Park library offers not only books, but also business resources, a new genealogy center, an expert staff that will help with new technology, movies and a family story hour in Spanish. 

During this holiday season, a book donation makes a meaningful gift. The donor designates the type of material and the amount of the donation, and the staff will purchase the book or movie and place a bookplate with the honoree’s name in the item.

Looking for an affordable gift for a book lover? The Friends Bookshop offers gently-read magazines and books for bargain basement prices. Fill a basket or give a Friends’ gift certificate and the recipient will come away with an armload of reading material! 

Now is also a good time to mark your calendar for the library's annual Trivia Night on March 1. Funds raised will go toward the re-configuration of the technology area in the Children’s Department. The event sold out last year, so please watch for ticket information in the newsletter and on the website at

Enriching the lives of all ages, the La Grange Park library is an important cog in the wheel of our community. 

Laurie Whitman is a trustee on the La Grange Park Public Library Board

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