About - La Grange Park Public Library
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Library Management Team
Kate Buckson
Executive Director, x 170
Gabriela Magats
Business Manager, x175
Susan Fagan
Marketing & Communications Coordinator, x174
Gabriel Oppenheim
Adult Services Director, x140
Rose Hopkins-LaRocco
Children’s Services Director, x101
Roberta Richter
Circulation/Technical Services Director, x142
Samantha Farruggia
Young Adult Librarian, x164
Board of Library Trustees
Laurie Whitman
Julie Gies
Vice President
David Swainson
Dorren Gertsen-Briand
Cathy Foster
Karen Snow
Michele Racanelli
Board Meetings

Regular Meetings

To view a copy of the Board of Library Trustee Bylaws, click here.

Committee of the Whole Meetings

Special Board Meetings

Mission & Planning

Our Mission

The La Grange Park Library is a welcoming and inclusive community center connecting residents to informational, cultural, and educational resources.

Our Vision

Enriching lives.


For a link to the current strategic plan, click here.

FOIA/OMA Requests

Requests for public records shall be in writing and addressed to Freedom of Information Officers. The requester shall provide the following information in a request for public records:

  • The requester’s full name, address, and telephone number.
  • A brief description of the public records sought, being as specific as possible.
  • A statement as to whether the request is for inspection of public records, copies of public records, or both.
  • A statement as to whether the records need to be certified.

Information on fees is available here.

Requests for public records shall be submitted to:

Gabriela Magats / Kate Buckson
Freedom of Information Officers
La Grange Park Public Library District
555 North La Grange Road
La Grange Park, IL 60526
gabriela@lplibrary.org / kateb@lplibrary.org


Children’s Services Assistant

22-25 hours per week

Rate: Starting at $14.83 per hour DOQ, Benefits include:  IMRF, Accrued Sick, Personal, and Vacation Time


The La Grange Park Public Library District is seeking an energetic, creative and reliable assistant for our busy Children’s Services Department. The right candidate will love working with children ages birth through 6th grade and their caregivers in a collaborative environment, have a strong knowledge of STEAM subjects and possess extraordinary customer service skills. Evening and weekend work will be required.



  • Works the public service desk, performing reference and reader’s advisory services to children and their caregivers
  • Plans, implements, and evaluates educational and recreational, STEAM-focused programs for children
  • Assists patrons with technology and other library equipment and resources
  • Performs outreach to local schools and community organizations
  • Assists with collection management projects as assigned; creates book displays


Performance Expectations:

  • Basic knowledge of child development and children’s literature
  • A friendly and approachable manner with the ability to exercise tact and diplomacy
  • Willingness to learn new skills and procedures; easily adaptable to change
  • A team player who responds well to challenging circumstances
  • Knowledge of common computer applications



  • Two years of college with coursework in childhood development OR bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working with children; library experience preferred
  • Employment is contingent upon a background check


Please send cover letter and resume to Rose Hopkins-LaRocco, Children’s Services Director at hr@lplibrary.org.


Information Technology Assistant

25 hours/week

Salary range begins at $15/hour DOQ and benefits include IMRF and paid time off


The La Grange Park Public Library is hiring a part-time Information Technology Assistant responsible for providing excellent customer service to our patrons and collaborating with our talented staff on library projects. The ideal candidate will have a sense of humor, patience to spare, and the desire to innovate.


As our Information Technology Assistant, you’ll gain varied experience as you tutor patrons one-on-one, teach classes on digital resources, and help maintain and replace the library’s computer equipment. You’ll also help with myriad information needs at our Adult Services desk. In short, we’re looking for someone as approachable as they are adept with tech. Day, evening, and weekend hours required.


If this sounds like the job for you, send us your information and we’ll chat! We’re seeking applicants that have one year of work experience in a customer focused environment, preferably a library. You should also have a Bachelor’s Degree or LTA and pretty extensive knowledge of recent versions of Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. 


Click here for complete job description.


Please send cover letter and resume to Gabriel Oppenheim, Adult Services Director, at hr@lplibrary.org.


To apply for a job at the La Grange Park Public Library, complete the Employment Application and email it to hr@lplibrary.org.



As you plan your charitable giving this year, please consider contributing to the La Grange Park Public Library in any amount. Please see our gifts policy for more information. 

Volunteer @ the Library

Volunteering at the Library is a rewarding and fun experience, and a great way to give back to your community! You will join a dedicated group who volunteer for us regularly. They do everything from organizing materials to delivering books to the homebound. To find out more or to sign up, please contact Roberta Richter at roberta@lplibrary.org or 708-352-0100 x142.


Become a Friend of the Library

The Friends provide financial support to the library through yearly membership dues and book sales. The bookshop sells donated items at modest prices and is staffed entirely by dedicated volunteers. The Friends accept gently used books, magazines, and DVDs, and are glad to offer a donation receipt if requested. Support the Friends when you shop at Amazon.com through this link and the Friends will receive 0.5% of eligible purchases. 


To become a Friend, print this application and mail it or bring it in to the bookshop.


Mark your calendar for upcoming Friends of the Library Meetings:
August 15, 2017 / November 15, 2017 / February 20, 2018 / May 15, 2018 / August 21, 2018 / November 20, 2018


Follow the Friends on Twitter, Instagram,  Facebook, and Tumblr!