Homewood Public Library

Homewood library board adopts $3.29 million budget

October 02, 2021 - 21:50
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The Homewood Public library board held down costs and was able to approve its $3.29 million budget for 2021-22 at the board meeting on Sept. 15.

The budget is the identical amount as its previous budget. Library Director Colleen Waltman said only two line items changed. Liability insurance increased by $2,000 to $26,000 annually. Waltman reduced the administrative expenses by $2,000 to cover the insurance increase.

Homewood's Library of Things offering games, electronics for check-out

September 18, 2021 - 22:06
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A ukelele is one of a number of items that can be checked out from Home Public Library's Library of Things. (Marilyn Thomas/H-F Chronicle)

Did you know you now can check out the handheld gaming Nintendo Switch, or a ukulele, or a backyard game from the Homewood Public Library?

The newly established Library of Things gives library patrons a chance to experiment with or enjoy any of the 20 items in the new collection, including a volleyball/badminton set, a bocce set, giant yard dice and even a turntable. All the items were purchased new.

The FORT teen space at Homewood library has reopened

July 24, 2021 - 20:28
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At its July 21 meeting, the Homewood Public Library board agreed to reopen the FORT, a special spot in the library for teens. The space has been closed since the beginning of the pandemic.

The FORT (Friends of Remarkable Teens) is an area on the second floor designated for 7th-12th graders. It has a wide variety of graphic novels, manga and other books, areas where teens can read, relax, study and hang out, and a gaming area where teens can play Xbox and Nintendo Switch.

Sabrena Lopez takes seat on Homewood Public Library board

June 06, 2021 - 16:37
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The Homewood Public Library welcomed its newest board member, Sabrena Lopez, at the May 19 meeting.

Nancy Gildart ran for election to a full six-year term in the April 6 election. She won a two-year term as a write-in candidate in 2019. 

There was one seat open on the board when George Bouche decided not to run again, and no candidate filed to appear on the ballot. The open seat was posted, and Lopez was selected by the board to fill the vacancy, and sworn in at the meeting.

Homewood library initiates curbside services Monday

May 30, 2020 - 16:34
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Waiting to pick out a good book or movie? The Homewood Public Library will begin curbside service Monday, June 1, giving patrons a chance to get items from the library’s collection at 17917 Dixie Highway.

This is in addition to the electronic resources, including e-books, audiobooks, databases and video, movie and television streaming resources that have been available through the library’s website since the building closed March 14 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Coping with COVID: May 8

May 09, 2020 - 00:37
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Illinois sets a new record for COVID-19 tests administered in one day. Homewood and Flossmoor cases edge up. The unemployment numbers released Friday were grim, but the state is trying to meet the huge demand for unemployment benefits. A new program starts Monday that will provide benefits to contract workers. Homewood library is accepting book returns. 

Coping with COVID: May 2

May 02, 2020 - 23:23
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Homewood COVID-19 cases continue to rise. New cases and deaths drop slightly statewide. Markham testing site hours and procedures clarified. Homewood Public Library will open the book return during limited times for the rest of May. Flossmoor Public Library continues regular virtual programs. 

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