Gateway to Knowledge
Anyone visiting this beautiful library must be immediately struck by its unique architecture, cheerf
ul colors, cozy reading areas, and attractive artistic touches. The large windows let natural light stream into the building while also providing a view outside to the well-maintained grounds and greenery. But don't take our word for it: to see for yourself, follow this link and then click on the front door of the building to take a "walking tour" of the inside. This library is a tremendous resource and source of pride for the community.
The Town and Country Public Library District serves nearly 12,400 residents living in Elburn, Illinois and nearby communities, operating with an annual budget of more than $1.5 million and supported by a staff of 12 full-time and 16 part-time employees. The 16,450 square foot library houses a collection of more than 56,000 items, with annual circulation of approximately 163,000. The Friends group supports the mission of the library by providing additional funding for m
aterials, services, and programs. The library is governed by a seven-member publicly elected Board of Trustees.
Town and Country hosts numerous programs for people of all ages and interests. In the past year, there were 414 children's programs attended by 3,873 youngsters, 15 young adult programs with 98 attendees, and 538 adult and/or family programs that attracted 1,698 attendees. Topics range from drop-in storytimes in English and Spanish to video gaming
to crafting to yoga. Every Tuesday there's a movie shown on the library's big screen. Book and bridge clubs meet regularly. The library's extensive local history and genealogy resources include databases, newspaper archives, local volunteers, and individualized research assistance. The Genealogy Center is in a small house located next to the library and accessible by sidewalk between their respective back doors.
The library is a member of the System Wide Automated Network (SWAN), a consortium of nearly 100 libraries in the Chicago area that allows members to share resources and a catalog, making their joint holdings of more than 8 million items available to all member libraries. Town and Country Public Library District also belongs to the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), one of two multitype regional library systems in Illinois. RAILS serves approximately 1,300 public, private, university, and school libraries in western and northern Illinois.
Photo attributions: Town and Country Public Library District