History of the Bloomingdale Public Library

Library Continues to Grow

By 1985, the library's collection had grown to over 35,000 volumes, and services had been expanded to include records, cassettes, audio visual equipment, magazines, pamphlets, puzzles, maps, and picture files. The library was open 61 hours a week and had a staff of 18.

Library Dedication and Opening

Two mobile classrooms, which provided 1,600 square feet of usable space, were purchased fro the Glendale Heights school district for $3,000. Campanelli Builders, Inc. donated a parcel of land and the mobile classrooms were placed at the corner of Bloomingdale Road and Fairfield Way. The library opened it's doors with a collection of 4,500 adult and juvenile books, a staff of three, and over 30 volunteers providing 28 hours of service each week.

Library Study and Advisory Committee Created

The Village Board passed a resolution to create a Library Study and Advisory Committee. In January of 1973, the committee comprises of Caroline Schweitzer, Harold Tompkins, Jan Cline, Sally Henning, Ann Marie Bond, Ruth Fiedler, Gail Anne Plinske, and Kathy Knable (who later resigned as was replaced by Ron Howe). They conducted studies on funding, organizing, and acquiring books.

Residents Support a Public Library Submitted to Village Board

Friends of the Library Created

The Village establishes a "Friends of the Library" group to promote a library for Bloomingdale. The first president of the Friends was Carol Brodersen. The "Friends" lobbied for passage of a referendum, sponsored a library flag design contest, and held fundraisers.

Seven Member Library Board Elected

The library's first board of directors were Karen Taylor, president; Marie Friscia, secretary; Ron Howe, finance and budget; Ann Marie Bond, library facility; Sandy Roth, library services; Gail Anne Plinske, library supplies; and Carolyn Sommerville, DuPage Library System liaison.

1978 Referendum

Due to the growth in population and the need for expanded library services, a referendum was proposed to enlarge the size of the library and its collection. The referendum was defeated 552 to 427.

1980 Referendum

A bond issue for $1,250,000 to construct a new library building was approved by the voters of Bloomingdale 1,210 to 301.

Ground Breaking Ceremony for New Addition

Construction began September 24, 1995 and was completed in November of 1996.

Breaking Ground

Ground was broken for a 20,000 square foot library building designed by Art Jakl & Associates of Bloomingdale.

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