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Cook Memorial Public Library District is the proud recipient of this year's Demco Library Innovation Award. Children's Librarian and student services coordinator Jan Hastings accepted the award at this week's Illinois Library Association Conference at Navy Pier.
The prize was given in recognition of the student art shows the library district has hosted in recent years in partnership with Hawthorn School District 73 and Libertyville School District 70. The opening night receptions for the shows typically host over 1000 visitors at our Aspen Drive and Cook Park locations. In 2013 a third art show was held for the library district's homeschooled students.
The art shows, which will be held again in 2014, are exciting events for children and parents alike. They serve to strengthen the bonds between local schools and the library, as well as to introduce the library to district residents who may not previously have visited one of our locations.