A message from the Friends of the Library

Dear Friend,

What an exciting year we’ve had at Lake Bluff Library! We hope you were able to make it to one of our phenomenal programs or stop by and see some of the contributions of the Friends of the Lake Bluff Library!

You are part of an incredibly strong community that works together to provide philanthropic support for special projects, programs and building needs as they arise and further allows us to continue to improve our library. The library is a gem in our community, and we are grateful for your generosity.

Access Consumer Reports with your Library card

Smart and savvy buying tips are just a few clicks away!

Lake Bluff Public Library provides free access to ConsumerReports.org, a buying advice tool. You can use it to find reliable ratings and reviews for thousands of products and help you make the most of your time and money. You can also access money-saving advice and tips, buying guides, videos and more.

Subjects include:

  • Appliances
  • Babies and kids
  • Cars
  • Electronics
  • Health, fitness and food
  • Home and garden
  • Money

Ready to get started? Get your Lake Bluff Library card number and head on over to our Consumer Reports page to log in.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

In recognition and celebration of the many stories, perspectives, and voices in the Latinx and Hispanic communities, we invite you to browse our curated reading list in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Banned Books Week: a Letter from the Library Director

From the Library Director
From October 1 through October 7, the Library will recognize Banned Books Week to celebrate our freedom to read. This initiative spotlights current and historical attempts to censor and restrict access to books in libraries and schools. Given the current state of book banning in the U.S., this year’s Banned Books Week feels more important than ever before.

Beach Reads

The dog days of August are upon us and it's the perfect time to hit the beach with a book. Check out our list of suggestions for great beach reads to help you unwind.


New Database: LinkedIn Learning

The Lake Bluff Public Library is pleased to announce the newest addition to our online database collection: LinkedIn Learning. LinkedIn Learning has thousands of professional courses to help you grow your skillset. LinkedIn Learning courses cover everything from the latest technologies to basic computer literacy, as well as developing skills like public speaking and time management.

Ready to get started? Here’s what you need:

Commemorating Juneteenth

On this date in 1865, Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and the last enslaved people learned that they were free—more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was given. Today, Lake Bluff Public Library joins our community and the nation in celebration of Juneteenth, a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States.

Improvements to email notifications coming June 6

Starting June 6, the Lake Bluff Public Library will be rolling out changes to our email notifications. A major update to our software now allows us a greater degree of customization and flexibility with our email notices. These improved communications will be more visually appealing, have better mobile/tablet compatibility, and will provide you with more useful information about items checked out to your account. Additionally, automated bounce handling will allow us to more effectively troubleshoot problems with email message delivery.

Stroh Reading Room Opening Reception

Friday, June 23 from 2 – 4 pm

The Lake Bluff Public Library Foundation invites the public to join in the celebration and dedication of the Carole S. and Alfred Stroh Reading Room.

Drop by the Library between 2 – 4 p.m. on Friday, June 23 and enjoy a small reception honoring the life and legacy of Carole “Cal” Stroh and her many contributions to Lake Bluff Public Library. Light refreshments will be served with remarks at 2:45 pm.

Designed by Engberg Anderson Architects, the Stroh Reading Room is a dedicated quiet space that features comfortable lounge seating surrounding a gas fireplace. A study table with built-in power provides additional seating options and technology support for devices.