Annual Report 2016-2017

Director’s Corner

Dear Wilmette and Kenilworth residents,

This has been an interesting year of change and growth for the Library. After 12 years as director, and more than 20 years as a Library staff member, Ellen Clark retired at the end of December. We thank her for her excellent and dedicated service to this community. I became director in January 2017. I have 15 years of library experience including director at Midlothian Public Library, manager of Children’s Services at Oak Park Public Library, and children’s librarian at Oak Park and Chicago Public Libraries.

I am so excited to bring my enthusiasm and expertise to WPL. My top professional priority is to ensure outstanding library services through responsive customer service, meaningful programming, and powerful community connections. We offer everyone the opportunity to discover new interests, to learn something unique, to freely access digital and print materials, to explore cultural events, and to enjoy our shared space that is friendly and welcoming to all. Our Library is a safe place for people of all ages and backgrounds to gather together as a community of readers and lifelong learners who value literacy, diversity, equity, and inclusion. I like to think of us as a “Community Living Room.”

At the culmination of this significant year for the Library, I’d like to thank you for your ongoing support of the Library, and for making the Library a part of your community.

Heather McCammond-Watts, Director


Engaging with our Community

We value being a part of the Wilmette community, inside our building and throughout the village. Learn more about our commitment to reaching out to Wilmette.

Shaping your Digital World

The Library experienced a major digital expansion in the ’16-’17 fiscal year. Learn more about broadening our digital horizons.

Growing our Creative Collections

Over the past year, we’ve expanded our collections and made it easier than ever to find and borrow the materials you’re looking for. Learn more about our growing collections.

Experiencing Diverse Programs for All Ages

The Library has continued our commitment to providing science, technology, and hands on programming for all ages. Learn more about our programs exploring Maker, STEM, and more.

Exploring Arts and Culture

Each year, the Library offers opportunities for patrons of all ages to take part in events that explore music, arts, and culture. Learn more about the many ways we engaged with the arts.

Library Finances

The Library is funded primarily through property taxes, with approximately 9% of funding coming from other sources. Learn more about the Library’s funding, expenses, and budget.

All photos Laura Rodriguez