Lake Bluff Public Library named Star Library

Lake Bluff Public Library received recognition as one of the nation’s Star Libraries in the 2022 Library Journal Index of Public Library Service, as announced by Library Journal earlier this December.

The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service ranks libraries on a variety of metrics, including circulation, program attendance, Wi-Fi usage, and library visits. Of the more than 5,300 libraries eligible for this award in 2022, only 258 received a star ranking. The Lake Bluff Public Library received four stars, ranking it as one of the top 20 libraries nationwide in its budget category. This is the first time that the Library has earned this recognition in the fifteen years of the award.

Lake Bluff Public Library welcomes new Director

The Lake Bluff Public Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Renee Grassi as the next Director of the Lake Bluff Public Library, effective January 2023. Ms. Grassi will join the Lake Bluff Public Library from the Dakota County Library where she oversees the Youth Services Department of nine library locations serving the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area in Minnesota.

“We are so looking forward to Renee joining our Library team,” said Board President Kathy Meierhoff. “It is clear that Renee has a strong sense of the culture of Lake Bluff. She is a team-oriented leader who brings a wide set of experience and skills that will help enhance the excellence of our Library.”

"What should I read next?"

Has this ever happened to you? You know you want to read something, but you’re just not sure what. Maybe you want something that’s just like that great book you read a couple weeks ago, or maybe you’re looking to branch out and try something new.

If this sounds familiar, we have good news: the Library can help! Below are some great reader’s advisory resources that can help you navigate the wild world of what to read next:

In-Person Reader’s Advisory
We have a number of trained reader’s advisors on staff. Come in and talk to one of our staff members working at the reference desk upstairs (or at the main desk in the Children’s Department if you’re looking for youth materials) and we’ll see what we can find for you.

Stream movies with your Lake Bluff Library card

Calling all movie lovers: did you know that you can stream movies using your Lake Bluff Library card? We offer a couple of great movie streaming services that are sure to impress even the most discerning cinephile.


What’s all the hoopla about Hoopla? Where do we start? Hoopla has a huge movie library that ranges from classic films all the way to titles just released this year. In addition to a really impressive movie library, you can also use Hoopla to checkout eBooks, eAudiobooks, comics, and music. You can check out up to 8 Hoopla titles per month, and every title is always available—no waitlists, no overdue fines, no worries!

Database Spotlight: Creativebug

Creativebug is a database that offers unlimited access to online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques where you can learn everything from sewing and needlework to painting and ceramics. You’ll even get access to JOANN’S exclusive online learning community. So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to Creativebug today and sign up for an account using your Lake Bluff Library card number.

Lake Bluff Library Director will leave for new role in Wisconsin

Lake Bluff Library Director to leave post 7/31

At the June 21 meeting of the Lake Bluff Library Board of Trustees, Eric Bailey announced that he will resign from his position as Library Director effective July 31, 2022.

“This is not a change that I make lightly,” said Bailey in his resignation letter. “I love the Lake Bluff Public Library and the community it serves, and only a rare opportunity could pull me away.” Bailey has accepted the position of Library Director of the Waupaca Area Public Library in his hometown of Waupaca, Wisconsin—the same library Bailey says inspired his lifelong love of libraries and learning.

Pardon Our Dust

The Carole and Alfred Stroh Reading Room

Renovations are coming this summer at the Lake Bluff Public Library thanks to a generous donation from long time Board member Carole Stroh. Beginning on June 3rd, the space formerly occupied by the Adult Computer Room will be transformed into a quiet reading and study space, complete with comfortable seating and fireplace donated by the Friends of the Lake Bluff Library. Computer access, both ready-access sit down terminals and laptops, will continue to be available at the Library. No disruptions to any services are anticipated. Thank you for your patience and we hope you enjoy the new space!