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Mon – Thur: 9AM to 9PM
Fri – Sat: 9AM to 5PM
Sun: 1PM to 5PM
4613 N Oketo Ave
Harwood Heights, IL 60706
708-867-7828

4613 N Oketo Ave, Harwood Heights, IL 60706 708-867-7828

Mon – Thur: 9AM to 9PM | Fri – Sat: 9AM to 5PM | Sun: 1PM to 5PM

Writing in the Margins: Winter 2018/2019

This September, one of our library founders and original Trustees, Natalie K. Rothbart, passed away.

She was a dedicated library advocate, working with like-minded residents in the late 1960s to establish a library district for the people of Norridge and Harwood Heights. Due in large part to their efforts, the Eisenhower Public Library District was established in 1973, with the assistance of an Illinois Project Plus grant.

She was among the first group of Trustees (along with current Board Trustee, Gary Ross) sworn in to serve on the Board of the newly established Eisenhower Public Library District in 1974. She became the Board Treasurer, and remained our Treasurer to the present.

I had seen Natalie in action during my tenure as head of Reference Services starting in 2006, and worked with her and the rest of the Board as my immediate supervisors since becoming the director in January 2014. She always made sure to ask the tough questions, hold us accountable, and support decisions with regard to how we thought we could best serve our community. She was consistently supportive of the staff, wanting to make sure that we had everything we needed to perform our jobs to the best of our abilities. She was a voracious reader as well. She loved getting new books in her favorite genres and looked forward to receiving a copy of BookPage Magazine every month so that she could peruse the new titles.

We will feel Natalie’s absence deeply. Natalie never failed to keep the library as one of her top priorities. Going forward we will do our best to honor her dedication to Eisenhower and our residents by continuing to offer the best library service to our community.

That is Natalie Rothbart’s Eisenhower legacy. We are so grateful for it.

Categories: Adults, Kids, and Teens.

Writing in the Margins: Winter 2018/2019

This September, one of our library founders and original Trustees, Natalie K. Rothbart, passed away.

She was a dedicated library advocate, working with like-minded residents in the late 1960s to establish a library district for the people of Norridge and Harwood Heights. Due in large part to their efforts, the Eisenhower Public Library District was established in 1973, with the assistance of an Illinois Project Plus grant.

She was among the first group of Trustees (along with current Board Trustee, Gary Ross) sworn in to serve on the Board of the newly established Eisenhower Public Library District in 1974. She became the Board Treasurer, and remained our Treasurer to the present.

I had seen Natalie in action during my tenure as head of Reference Services starting in 2006, and worked with her and the rest of the Board as my immediate supervisors since becoming the director in January 2014. She always made sure to ask the tough questions, hold us accountable, and support decisions with regard to how we thought we could best serve our community. She was consistently supportive of the staff, wanting to make sure that we had everything we needed to perform our jobs to the best of our abilities. She was a voracious reader as well. She loved getting new books in her favorite genres and looked forward to receiving a copy of BookPage Magazine every month so that she could peruse the new titles.

We will feel Natalie’s absence deeply. Natalie never failed to keep the library as one of her top priorities. Going forward we will do our best to honor her dedication to Eisenhower and our residents by continuing to offer the best library service to our community.

That is Natalie Rothbart’s Eisenhower legacy. We are so grateful for it.

Categories: Adults, Kids, and Teens.