About

Library Management Team
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Kate Buckson
Executive Director, x 170
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Gabriela Magats
Business Manager, x175
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Susan Fagan
Marketing & Communications Coordinator, x174
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Maureen Sill

Circulation and Technical Services Director, x142
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Gabriel Oppenheim
Adult Services Director, x165
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Rose Hopkins-LaRocco
Children’s Services Director, x101
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Samantha Farruggia
Young Adult Librarian, x164
Board of Library Trustees
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Laurie Whitman
President
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Julie Gies
Vice President
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Karen Snow
Secretary
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David Swainson
Treasurer
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Danielle Clement

Trustee
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Allison Demes O'Brien

Trustee
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Michael Donaldson

Trustee
Board Meetings

Regular Meetings

To view a copy of the Board of Library Trustee Bylaws, click HERE. To view upcoming board meetings, please visit our Events page or click HERE for the annual ordinance establishing dates for regular board meetings. 

  • September 18, 2019

    • Agenda / Minutes / Statistics

  • October 16, 2019

    • Agenda / Minutes / Statistics

Committee of the Whole Meetings

  • September 4, 2019

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.

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

View the library’s organizational chart.

Employment

Current Job Openings

 

MAINTENANCE ASSISTANT
The La Grange Park Public Library is looking for a part-time (18 hrs/wk) facility maintenance assistant who is responsible for ensuring the library building is safe and well maintained. This position allows for flexible scheduling, however, evening and weekend work may be required.

 

Qualified candidates should have excellent range of motion, the ability to lift and carry heavy containers (up to 75 pounds) during a work shift, climb ladders and stairs, and a reasonable knowledge of maintenance tasks to successfully change light bulbs, utilize manual tools, power tools, and custodial equipment.

Education requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent and 1 year of custodial work experience preferred. The salary for this position starts at $15/hr.

To apply for a job at the La Grange Park Public Library, complete the Employment Application and email it along with a resume and cover letter to hr@lplibrary.org. You are also invited to fill and submit the Voluntary Applicant Data form.

 

CHILDREN’S SERVICES ASSISTANT

The La Grange Park Public Library District is seeking an enthusiastic, creative and reliable part-time assistant (18-19/week) for our busy Children’s Services Department. The right candidate will love working with a diverse community of children ages birth through 6th grade and their caregivers in a collaborative environment, with the skills to work effectively independently. We are seeking a confident, hardworking and dedicated individual who possesses extraordinary customer service skills. Evening and weekend work required.

Duties:

  • Works the public service desk, performing reference and reader’s advisory services to children, teens and their caregivers
  • Plans, implements, and evaluates educational and recreational 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 and other projects as assigned

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 with exceptional organizational skills and sharp attention to detail
  • Knowledge of common computer applications

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree OR two years of college coursework
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working with children; library experience preferred
  • Employment is contingent upon a background check
  • Students pursuing an MLIS degree strongly encouraged to apply

Please send cover letter and resume to Rose Hopkins-LaRocco, Children’s Services Director at hr@lplibrary.org. Priority will be given to applications received by September 3, 2019.

 

CIRCULATION ASSISTANT

A part-time, non-exempt position, responsible for welcoming patrons in person and via the phone, assisting the public at the circulation desk, and performing clerical duties. Reports to the Circulation Services Director. Evening work will be required, as well as Mondays during the day. The maximum number of hours scheduled per week will be 18, the average number of hours per week will be 16.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assists in the circulation of library materials
  • Answers the telephone and routes calls to appropriate department
  • Registers patrons for library cards
  • Receives interlibrary loan requests
  • Collects overdue fines and other fees
  • Answers patrons’ directional questions; refers reference questions to the appropriate department
  • Assists patrons with general questions on public computers and online catalog
  • Monitors patron use of main level areas
  • Responsible for opening and closing procedures
  • Attends relevant meetings, classes, and training
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Performance Expectations

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with all ages, in English
  • Ability to remain calm in difficult situations
  • 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
  • Ability to bend, stoop, lift and carry; ability to stand for extended periods of time

Qualifications

  • High school diploma
  • Minimum one year of work experience in a customer focused environment; library experience preferred

Please direct inquiries about the position prior to application to Maureen Sill, Circulation and Technical Services Director via email at maureen@lplibrary.org or telephone, 708-352-0100 extension 142.

 

Please send cover letter and resume to Maureen Sill, Circulation and Technical Services director at hr@lplibrary.org. Priority will be given to applications received by September 13, 2019.

 

Support

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 call 708-352-0100.

Donate

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. 

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

Friends 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. 

 

Become a Friend of the Library

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

Join us for our quarterly Friends meetings from 7-8pm in the second floor conference room. Dates for 2019 are:

February 19th, May 21st, August 20th, November 19th

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