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Working Together with Park Ridge Public Library

Twenty seven of our library clients have been partners for ten years! To celebrate, we’re featuring their unique stories and how has impacted their diverse communities.  

Park Ridge Public LibraryWhen you visit the city of Park Ridge, IL’s official website the headline notes “Park Ridge -A Wonderful Place!” And that it is. With a community of over 35,000, their door count many days is over 1,500. But even with all those visitors, they still found some time to touch base with us to share a little about their library and how their program has developed over the past 10 years. Tell us a little bit about your library.

Park Ridge: The Park Ridge Public Library serves residents and businesses in the City of Park Ridge, a Northwest suburb of Chicago. We serve a top-rated high school district and elementary school district. Our patrons are very supportive of the Library and use it frequently. Our door count is over 1,500 many days! The Park Ridge Public Library opened to the public on December 6, 1913. We will be celebrating our 100th Anniversary next year! Congratulations! What an exciting time. What are some of your favorite programs and events your library has hosted over the years?

Park Ridge: Summer Reading Club encompasses children from infants to adult. We generally have almost 5,000 people sign up for Summer Reading Clubs! Park Ridge Reads is a community-wide reading initiative where everyone is encouraged to read a selected title. We were fortunate enough to have the author Scott Turow come and speak about his book, Ordinary Heroes.

Some other programs include the Summer Lawn Event which ties in with our Summer Reading Clubs. We have games and entertainment for all ages on the library lawn. We also offer Job Seeker Workshops and Job Hunting on the Internet classes. These programs assist job seekers with advice and resources to aid them in their job search.  Teacher Programs provide continuing education credit for preschool and elementary school teachers on a variety of topics including making bulletin boards, using online resources, and creating story props for the classroom. What are some of the different ways Park Ridge Library has promoted the service to the community?

Park Ridge: Our website, brochures for students [see below visual], schools visits, one on one with students and parents in the Library, bookmarks placed in books used for homework assignments. We find that many students discover by talking with other students. Who uses the service the most?

Park Ridge: We have children, teens and adults using While we expected the greatest number of users to be students in elementary level grades, we have discovered that the largest number of users are the high school students, especially in math and sciences. What words of wisdom do you have for other libraries looking to kick off a program?

Park Ridge: Promote in-house and at school visits. Do you have any favorite comments from your student users?

Park Ridge: “I really loved my tutor, Oliver S. She was great. She explained everything so well and was really friendly!!!!!!!!!!!!”

“Steve S. should receive a bonus for his great work with my questions!! schmanky thanky”

“The tutor spent a lot of time with me and went through everything. Really helpful!”

“I know exactly what to do on my paper because of [my tutor].”


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