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The children’s library was located across Milwaukee Avenue in the Harris Bank (Public Service) building.14

On November 19, 1966, voters in Libertyville approved a $450,000 referendum to fund a new library building.  The town also applied for a grant of $112,000 “to reduce the amount of bonds to be issued by the district”.  The building was estimated to be large enough for 20 more years of service and 40,000 patrons.24

Meet Your Librarian

In 1966, William Sannwald became the head librarian after Catherine Littler retired.  She had been working with him to acquaint him with the administration of the library.  Throughout his career, Mr. Sannwald worked in a number of libraries in the Midwest and California.  When the new building opened in 1968, he resigned as head librarian to accept the position of director of the Minneapolis Public Library.  He went on to become the City Librarian of the San Diego Public Library from 1979 to 1997.  Currently, he is Assistant to the San Diego City Manager and Manager of Library Design and Development.  He is also a professor at San Diego State University.15

24 “Libertyville Township Awaits Final Plan for Library Annex.” 27 Nov. 1966: Q3.

After a rehearing in Springfield, Libertyville was granted $127,500 in federal funds.  However, approval for the funds was contingent on a few changes.  The original 14,000 square foot plan had to be redrawn and expanded to “a minimum of 20,400 square feet of usable space“ and an extension of 9,400 square feet.  That same year, work began on the new building.  A new book mobile was purchased and 3,000 books were added to the collection.  The library also joined the North Suburban Library System.14, 25

The photographs below from 1967 show the library in its original home of the Cook House one year before it moved to its current location.

25 “Won’t Say No; Get Aid for Libertyville Library.” Chicago Tribune 19 Feb. 1967: L8.