Annual Report 2016-2017

Engaging with our Community

We value being a part of the Wilmette community, inside our building and throughout the village. Our librarians took to the streets this past year, meeting patrons at the French Market, sharing programming at the Park District and Mather Place, and holding storytimes at parks throughout Wilmette. Our community partnerships, with organizations such as Go Green Wilmette, the League of Women Voters, the Wilmette School Districts, and the Wilmette Park District, have led to richer programs that focus on the issues, needs, and interests of our patrons. We continue to have a thriving partnership with the Friends of the Wilmette Public Library, who continue to support the Library with funds raised via the volunteer-run Books Down Under bookstore.

  • Friends of the Library contributed more than $40,000 to programs for children, teens, and adults.
  • More than 1,600 adults and 900 children & families attended programs sponsored by the Friends.
  • The Library‚Äôs 2016-2017 community partners included Go Green Wilmette, The League of Women Voters, Mallinckrodt Community Center, New Trier High School, School District 39, School District 37, SCORE, the Village of Wilmette, the Wilmette Park District, and Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.

Librarian Alice Joseph conducts a storywalk at Vattmann Park.

Friends volunteers at the Books Down Under bookstore.