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Introducing Adapted Books to the Accessibility Collection

We are pleased to offer Adapted Books as part of the Accessibility Collections. Adapted Books are picture books that have been modified to be more accessible to pre‑readers and individuals with special needs. As a result, readers can better engage with and communicate about the stories, making the...

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2022 Bookmark Design Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries to the 2022 Bookmark Design Contest! Everyone's artwork was a wonderful example of "Reading Beyond the Beaten Path," this year's Summer Reading theme. Congratulations to the winners in each age group! Winners Anabella Lockhart, Sophia Booma, Addy Col...

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Highland Park Strong

Our hearts and thoughts are with our friends and neighbors in Highland Park who suffered the tragic mass shooting on July 4, 2022. We condemn hatred and violence and wish everyone comfort during this difficult time.  Lake Forest Librarians compiled local resources to support our communities....

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Introducing the Youth and Adult Accessibility Collections

Items in the new Accessibility Collections for Youth and Adults are now available to borrow. The goal of the Accessibility Collections is to support Library users of all ages, abilities, and diverse learning and development needs to be successful in the Library and the community. The collection...

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The Buzz on a Pollinator Garden & Pollinator Week

Thank you to everyone who completed our survey on a possible pollinator garden at the Library. We appreciated your ideas, which included creating a showcase educational garden, starting the plants from seed, inviting the community to help with planting, and more. All of your feedback will help the L...

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(Past Program) Summer Reading Beyond the Beaten Path 2022

June 1–August 31, 2022 Join your friends and neighbors to "read beyond the beaten path." You can: Read or listen to books in new places, such as while camping in your backyard or basking at the beach. Choose a new genre or topic or author. Join a book group or attend an author talk at t...

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(Past Event) The Children’s Book Sale returns this June!

The Children’s Book Sale is returning! Browse and purchase a wide selection of gently‑used, bargain‑priced children’s books, just in time for Summer Reading Beyond the Beaten Path, road trips, and family vacations! Stop by the Children’s Book Sale in the Library Foyer Thursday, June 9
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Celebrating New Library Card Holders

We’re showcasing something special on the cover of each issue of the newsletter this year: first-time Lake Forest Library card holders! Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Lake Forest Library table during the December 2021 West Train Station Saturday Market and chatted with us, completed a s...

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On Censorship

Lake Forest Library applauds the open and respectful discussion throughout the Lake Forest community around censorship. The American Library Association (ALA) Office of Intellectual Freedom defines censorship as "a change in the access status of material, based on the content of the work and made by...

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(Contest Expired) The Great Spring Break Scavenger Hunt

Maybe you've heard of GISH, the Great International Scavenger Hunt. Say hello to the Lake Forest Library version: The Great Spring Break Scavenger Hunt! It is full of incredible challenges designed by Teen Librarian Emmy, so you know they're going to be fun and wacky and clever. ...

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(Past Event) Celebrating Earth Month all April!

The City of Lake Forest, Parks & Recreation, Lake Forest Library, Elawa Farm, Green Minds, Lake Forest Open Lands, and Gorton Community Center are partnering this April to celebrate Earth Day with a month of eco‑friendly activities. The theme this year is "Act for Earth." Join us in Market Sq...

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Friends of the Lake Forest Library Scholarships now available 2022

2022 Friends Scholarship applications are now available

Each spring, the Friends award $2,000 scholarships to up to three graduating high school seniors who demonstrate a passion for reading. Students from Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Knollwood are eligible to apply. The Friends of Lake Forest Library inaugurated this scholarship in 2003 to recognize stu...

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(Past program) Blind Date with a Book 2022

You Can't Judge these Books by their Covers! As Valentine's Day approaches, come in and check out a Blind Date book or audiobook. They’re wrapped up tight with the briefest of blurbs on the outside and a special bookmark on the inside. Complete the bookmark and submit it for a chance to win a gif...

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