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Sun 1pm-5pm


eBook Website Maintenance - Sunday, May 1

The eRead Illinois website will be undergoing scheduled maintenance this coming Sunday morning, May 1st, between 5 am and 9 am. eBooks & eAudiobooks that you currently have downloaded should not be affected; however, you will be unable to check out new items, or return or renew items currently checked out. Thank you for your patience as our vendors work to improve their services.


2016 Poetry: Imagine, Write and Win Contest

Twelve individuals were awarded cash prizes for their original poems on Tuesday, April 26 at the Poetry: Imagine, Write and Win Contest sponsored by the Crystal Lake Public Library, Rotary Club of Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers and McHenry County College, partnering with Crystal Lake Schools.  One hundred and seventy-seven individuals ranging in age from students in grade 3 through adults, entered 256 poems into the contest.

Congratulations to all the winners and participants. Click the links below to read the top three winning poems for each category and checkout our Facebook page for photos of the event.

Elementary School Winning Poems

Middle School Winning Poems

High School Winning Poems

Adult Category Winning Poems

The words FOCUS Survey
Help us observe National Library Week by letting us know your opinions. Please take the following surveys:

Online Survey

Shelf Height Survey in Adult Services - "Access" was listed as a "Concern," from community members during the first FOCUS Community Engagement session in March. Some patrons report difficulty reaching the top and bottom book shelves. What shelf height works for you? Visit Adult Services (by the Info Desk) to observe a variety of shelf heights, then cast a ballot for your favorite "shelf height."

For more opportunities to share your opinions with us, please visit and register for the May 19 and June 9 Community Engagement Sessions or click the direct links below..

Happy National Library Week!

FOCUS Community Engagement Sessions

Help shape the future of our community by providing valuable feedback about Crystal Lake Public Library’s services and facility. Register for the FOCUS (Future of Crystal Lake Library Under Study) Community Engagement sessions. Residents planning to attend are asked to register (see below) to ensure there are enough tables to accommodate everyone. Each meeting will focus on a different topic. Participants may register for one or more meetings in the series. Please note: FOCUS Community Engagement sessions will be held at Park Place, 406 West Woodstock Street, Crystal Lake, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Click here to learn more about the FOCUS Community Engagement process and view the outcome of the FOCUS Community Engagement sessions that were held on March 10 and April 21.

May 19 - Click here to register
(FOCUS: Our Facility: Does Form Follow Function?)

June 9 - Click here to register
(FOCUS: What About the Money?)

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