Cook Park Library (Libertyville)

Cook Park Library - 413 N. Milwaukee (Libertyville) Located at 413 N. Milwaukee Ave, Cook Park Library is part of the Cook Memorial Public Library District. It has a huge, inviting, extremely well organized children's section. In fact, the whole place is very user friendly, and may just be the nicest library of its size... Continue Reading →

Oak Park Public Library (Maze Branch)

Oak Park Public Library (Maze Branch) – 845 Gunderson Ave. Last week we checked out the Dole Branch of the Oak Park Public Library, today let's head over to the South Branch, better known as the Maze Branch, renamed so in 1957 after a community librarian. The South Branch originally opened in 1915 in a... Continue Reading →

Oak Park Public Library (Dole Branch)

Oak Park Public Library (Dole Branch) – 255 Augusta St. Recently we headed out west to check out the Dole Branch of the Oak Park Public Library. (Check out our posts profiling the main Oak Park Library and it's connection to Ernest Hemingway). The smallest of the three OPPL branches, the Dole Branch opened in... Continue Reading →

Oak Park Public Library (Main Branch)

Oak Park Public Library (Main Branch) - 834 Lake Street The main Oak Park Library is one of the nicest public libraries I've ever visited. It's clean and modern, with quotes on the floors and walls, and has a beautiful glass enclosed stairway. I was surprised to discover Oak Park was the first public library... Continue Reading →

Market Fresh Books – Evanston

Market Fresh Books - 700 Church Street, Evanston Market Fresh Books is a unique book store, selling used books by the pound, deli-style. Opened in 2009 by husband and wife team Paul and Susan Frischer, the store is a charming maze of great finds to hunt through, with many being marked down to 99 cents... Continue Reading →

Berwyn Public Library

Berwyn Public Library - 2701 S. Harlem Ave Perhaps best known for the Spindle (RIP) and mentions on Svengoolie, Berwyn, Illinois is a nice little suburb of 56,000 people located in Cook County. Their library, the Thomas G. Shaughnessy Center, is named after the former mayor of Berwyn (serving from 1993-2005), who centralized the city's... Continue Reading →

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