40th Anniversary Gala

Black and white picture of two cars with signs supporting the Eisenhower library driving in a paradeAs early as 1963, residents of Harwood Heights and Norridge were discussing how to get their own library.

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.

Library referendum sign with white text on blue reading Have Library Need Building Vote YES 41 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.

Check out pages 4 and 5 of our Newsletter for details about these events.

We kicked off the celebrations with our Anniversary Gala on March 1st, 2013.  Browse our Flickr album of photos from the event.