Eisenhower Public Library District's 40th Anniversary

In 2013, Eisenhower Public Library District will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary.

Eisenhower Public Library District has been serving the communities of Norridge and Harwood Heights since 1973.

New Library Opens

The library's new 44,550 square foot facility is completed. The building is a LEED Silver-certified building. It is nearly four times larger than the previous facilty.

Friends Group Formed

The "Friends of the Library for Norridge-Harwood Heights" is officially formed to begin the process of starting a community library.

Name the Library Contest

A "Name the Library" contest is held at the local schools. Permission is sought and granted from Mamie Eisenhower to name the library after Dwight D. Eisenhower as suggested by St Rosalie 6th grader James Scallion.

Friends Group Receives Federal Grant

The "Friends of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library District" receive a federal grant to open a library to serve Norridge and Harwood Heights.

Library Opens in Parkway Towers

The library begins serving patrons out of a small space on the ground floor at the rear of Parkway Towers, supplemented by a borrowed bookmobile which makes stops at the local village halls, schools, churches and some businesses.

Referendum for Library Passes

A referendum for a library district supported from a portion of the taxes paid to the villages of Norridge and Harwood Heights is placed on the ballot and passes. The Dwight D. Eisenhower Library District is established.

Library Operates Under Federal Grant

The library operates under a federal grant administered by the Suburban Library System.

The Library Buys Bookmobile

The library buys its own bookmobile.

Polish Collection Established

The Polish language collection is created at the library.

Library Moves to CANTOS building

The library moves to larger leased quarters in the rear half of the CANTOS sheet metal factory located at 4652 N. Olcott Avenue.

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