Writing in the Margins: Spring 2022

Whenever it’s time for me to write this letter to you, I consider what has been on my mind and what we can look forward to in the coming season. I’m composing this in the middle of January after a …

Writing in the Margins: Winter 2021/22

Former Library Director, Ronald V. Stoch has died. He was 70 years old.

For those of you who don’t know, Ron was the Eisenhower Public Library District’s third Director, a position he held for 35 years. Before that, he served …

Writing in the Margins: Fall 2021

In 2016 we eliminated late fees for residents of Norridge and Harwood Heights.

At the outset of COVID, we temporarily stopped charging late fees for patrons visiting from outside of our district as well. For the safety of our community …

Writing in the Margins: Summer 2021

This summer, the Eisenhower Library plans on taking full advantage of the weather and offering you a number of outdoor programs, in addition to more virtual activities.

Writing in the Margins: Spring 2021

We deeply appreciate your patience and support as we have been navigating the ongoing health situation, as well as these long winter months (which have felt even longer this time around). We will still be doing home delivery for residents of Norridge and Harwood heights, and also continuing curbside pickup for all visitors.

Our Defining Moments

We like to think of the institution of the public library as being a great equalizer, one that celebrates and promotes the free and open access of information and ideas to all. We lean on and promote the guiding ethic that public libraries not only welcome, but embrace everyone.

Writing in the Margins: Spring 2020

Springtime means a fresh start for a lot of people. We might decide to deep clean our homes, prepare our gardens for fresh crops and new flowers, learn a new skill, and maybe tackle projects that have been on our lists but we just haven’t found the time for yet. Perhaps you want to do some future planning or go to a concert or movie from time to time.

Writing in the Margins: Fall 2019

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. We encourage everyone who lives in Norridge and Harwood Heights who doesn’t already have an Eisenhower Library card to get one. Sign up is quick and easy and you get so many benefits that are exclusive to residents.

Writing in the Margins: Summer 2019

Recently, I was in a reading slump. I’d read a book here or there, but nothing like how I used to consume book after book. For a book lover and especially a librarian, this is a troubling situation.

Writing in the Margins: Summer 2018

This year’s summer reading theme is Reading Takes You Everywhere. I’d like to share with you how reading – and listening – helped me discover my mother’s country.

Writing in the Margins: Winter 2017/2018

One of my favorite authors, Kazuo Ishiguro, just won the Nobel Prize in Literature. One of his best-known novels is The Remains Of The Day. It’s about an English butler who reflects on his loyalty to his employer who has died. It was adapted into an Oscar-nominated movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.

Writing in the Margins: Summer 2017

Every summer, most libraries participate in a summer reading initiative. This summer, I want to share my own history with reading. It starts with my dad.

Writing in the Margins: Spring 2017

Spring brings a renewed sense of purpose. There is gardening to think about. There are home repairs to consider. Maybe it’s also time to start thinking about what we want to do with free time we might have this year.

Writing in the Margins: Winter 2016/2017

As anyone who has lived in the Midwest knows, winter is a time of hibernation for residents. Nothing sounds better than cozying up with a blanket, a hot beverage, and enjoying a book or a movie, listening to a new album, or binge-watching your favorite show.

Writing in the Margins: Fall 2016

Things are continuing to change at Eisenhower. We’re creating a new teen space, expanding study rooms, and continuing to offer exceptional programming. In fact, our programming is so successful that programs fill up and people often find themselves on waiting lists.