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The Library

Hours and Location:

The Mokena Community Public Library District is open from:

9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays
9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Fridays
9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Saturdays

Address:
11327 W. 195th Street
Mokena, Illinois 60448

 

Phone: 708.479.9663
Fax: 708.479.9684

Directions:
Take Wolf Road to 195th Street. Go west on 195th about one block. The library is on the south side of the street.

 

Getting A Library Card

Getting a library card is simple and free. However, if you lost your library card, and you need a new one, there is a $1.00 replacement fee. You need this card in order to check out the wide selection of videos and books.

Any resident of the Mokena Community Public Library District may apply for a library card. Our district includes the village of Mokena and portions of Frankfort, and New Lenox.

In order to get a library card, please bring one of the following documents to show proof of residency:

  • a current Illinois driver's license
  • voter's registration card
  • current lease contract
  • a banking check with current address on it
  • utility bill stubs

Parents must accompany children who apply for a card and will need to submit address documentation and sign a statement of responsibility for library materials.

History and Profile of the Library:

The Mokena Book Club organized a "library" for Mokena in the late 1930's and ran it until 1966. The Mokena Lions Club paid for the rent and heat for the small quarters located on Front Street in downtown Mokena. The library was open on Wednesdays only from 3:30 until 5 p.m. and again from 7:30 until 9 p.m., and was staffed by volunteers. In 1966, this Women's Book Club began a "Friends of the Library" organization. In an election held on August 6, 1966, voters were asked to decide whether or not to have a tax supported Mokena Library District. Three hundred thirty-five voters voted in a special referendum and two hundred eighteen voted "yes."

The library then moved to a new location, the former Immanuel Lutheran Church located at Union and Cross Streets. On April 23, 1967, an open house was held for the new library. Shelves and racks were donated by the Mokena Pharmacy and housed 12,000 books in a 1,400 square foot space. Hours were extended to Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 until 5 p.m., Fridays from 7 until 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., still staffed by volunteers. In 1967 the first paid librarian assumed her duties where she remained until 1987. In August 1972, the library purchased 2 1/2 acres of property on 195th Street from the Mokena School District and on March 18, 1978, a new single-structure building designed to accommodate the community for the next 20 years by holding a total of 26,750 books was opened, with the official dedication ceremony held on June 4, 1978.

In April 1995, a building referendum was passed by the taxpayers of the district approving $3.4 million dollars to build an addition to the existing building and remodeling of the 18-year-old structure, taking the space from 7,000 square feet to 25,000 square feet. The official dedication ceremony was held on April 13, 1997. The library houses a Local Area Network computer system consisting of Internet accessible computers as well as printers, microfiche reader and printer, free-standing Genealogy Research Computer and Low Vision Reading Machine .

Currently, the collection holds over 85, 000 books and 300 periodicals as well as 18 local area newspapers. A wide range of adult and children's programming is held in the library all year long. Internet access is available to the public and the library also has on-line databases of research CD-ROM products . Adult Book Discussions are held on a monthly basis, story hours are available for children, and a Teen Coffeehouse happens on Thursdays during the school year. Literacy CD-ROM products are also available for in-library use and over 75 Genealogy and History CD-ROM products are licensed to be used in the library for research. The library is an active member of the Mokena Intergovernmental Consortium, the Mokena Chamber of Commerce, the Mokena Youth Commission organization and participates in many community-based activities throughout the year.

 
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