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The Best Books of the Year to Read and Gift

Books are great, versatile gifts to give family and friends! Here are a few of your librarians' favorites from this year. Add them to your to-be-read list or consider sharing the joy of reading with someone else this holiday season and supporting your local bookstore. All titles are linked to the li...

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Blind Date with a Book 2023

January 14–February 14 Visit the Rotunda, Teen Space, and Children's Library
to check out our Blind Date books and audiobooks.
You can't judge them by their covers because
we’ve wrapped them up in festive paper.
Use the clues on the wrapper to find
characters an...

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Support the Library Endowment

Lake Forest Library was built on philanthropy. Mrs. Charles H. Schweppe and Mrs. Stanley Keith provided the funding for the construction of the 1931 building, which commemorates Mrs. Keith’s first husband, Kersey Coates Reed. The Reed Family has continued to give throughout the years, ensuring the b...

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New Tech Equipment: Laptops & Hotspots

Borrow a Laptop for in-library use Laptops can now be borrowed for use anywhere inside the Library! These laptops are available in addition to public desktop computers in the Reference and Business Rooms. With both the laptops and desktop computers, you can: Use programs in the Microsoft Suite...

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Help us improve the Library print newsletter

We want to hear your feedback on what works and what doesn't work in the print newsletter. Survey responses are accepted through January 15, 2023. While completing the survey, we encourage you to refer to the most recently mailed issue of the newsletter. If you no longer have the print newsletter...

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Shop the Friends Holiday Book Bazaar

The Friends of Lake Forest Library will hold its traditional Holiday Book Bazaar November 29–December 22 in the Library Foyer! The sale includes a small assortment of holiday books that would be perfect for a gift, stocking stuffer, or just to enjoy yourself during the holiday season. Prices a...

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Cozy Up with a Good Book Winter Reading Program 2022–2023

Grab a blanket, some fluffy socks, and your favorite snack and warm drink. Hop into a reading nook and sink into a good book. How to participate Winter Reading programs run December 15, 2022–January 31, 2023. Track your reading and earn prizes in one of two ways: On our paper log shee...

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Michelle's Real Reads - Native American Heritage Month

  Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talker’s Story by Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes  As a young Navajo boy, Chester Nez had to leave the reservation and attend boarding school, where he was taught that his native language and culture were useless. ...

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Lake Forest Library Director to Retire

October 28, 2022 — LAKE FOREST Ill — The Board of Lake Forest Library announces that Catherine Lemmer, Executive Director, will retire at the end of the calendar year to pursue other opportunities. During her six-year tenure, Ms. Lemmer transformed library operations and services. Notable accomplishments under her leadership include the development and implementation of operational policies, a focus on transparent financial reporting, and numerous technology upgrades. These advancements include the launch of RFID and self-check services, migration to integrated cloud platforms, transition to faster and more reliable fiber internet, expanded wireless connectivity, and installation of new computers for both patrons and staff. Her passion for delivering engaging library services led to the creation of new programs and collections, robust community partnerships, and enhanced community collaboration and communications.

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