Whatcha reading? Bestsellers of 1970 still available at the library:
Love Story by Erich Segal
Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow14
In the early 1970s, children were a priority.
Cook Library implemented many programs for its little ones. They had a Christmas party,
Halloween Party (see picture), summer book
club (see picture), and story time. The
children’s section of the library was
furnished with mini-chairs, pillows, and
padded benches to allow for comfort while
Adults were also offered many amenities.
Story time for children took place during craft
lectures for adults. This convenience allowed mothers and children simultaneous educational entertainment. The craft classes included china painting, flower arranging, and knitting. Additionally, in the evening hours the library hosted movie nights.31,32,33Prior to August 1972, library patrons were charged 3 cents per day when checking out new releases. The collected money went towards purchases of new books for the permanent collection. The revised program allowed people to check out a new release for a week without charge. Additionally, the 200-volume collection of new books would have 20 cycled out each month to make room for fresh material.34“The township library board was dissolved with the formation of the Cook Memorial Library District. The district included Vernon Hills, Indian Creek, Mettawa, Green Oaks as well as Libertyville and half of Mundelein. The library employed twenty-four people. Library holdings were 51,500.”14To further the development of Libertyville’s young minds, Cook Library employed its first children’s librarian, Mrs. Roberta Arbit (see left). She assisted in implementing even more programs including creative writing, puppetry, films, arts and crafts, and stories.35