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Censorship was a hot button issue.  Though Cook thoroughly reviewed all of the complaints and never censored a book, they faced a new issue in the 90s when Internet became publicly accessible at the facility.  The library chose not to block any sites and had faith in their patrons that good judgment would be used while surfing the net. 57

The meeting room was closed and turned into an Audiovisual Room to temporarily bring some space relief in the Children’s and Fiction Departments. 14
Library programming was moved primarily to the Civic Center diminishing its usefulness as an incentive to using the library (especially for children).  The Board Room was converted into an Interlibrary Loan Office. 40

Food for Fines: During December, the library accepted canned goods in lieu of fines.58



Cook Memorial Library celebrated it 75th Anniversary.  To commemorate the jubilee, the library held a series of events including a silent auction in February, an author festival in April, and an Open House on June 23, 1996. 14

As a keepsake, The Friends of the Library put together a booklet filled with facts about the library’s history.  The cover drawing was created by Julie Silverberg of Vernon Hills and the inside image was drawn by Joselyn Hughes of Libertyville. (images right) 14

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