The Chicago Public Library system provided services to suburban patrons, but residents wanted their own building, their own collection. (And eventually the Chicago Public Library system stopped offering free service, in 1972.)
Starting with a federal grant from Project Plus, the Eisenhower Public Library was funded for a full year. The Library used that time to draft a referendum to create a library district, a taxing body that would sustain the library with the support of the villages of Harwood Heights and Norridge.
The Eisenhower Public Library District referendum passed in March of 1973. 40 years later, the Eisenhower Public Library is commemorating the anniversary of the Library's creation with a year of festivities.