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Storytime teachers, Miss Seanine and Miss Terri display penguin books that they plan to read during Winter Storytimes

Why Storytimes?

Reading is an essential life skill, which is why we believe in introducing reading to kids as early in life as possible. One of the ways we grow young readers is through our weekly Storytimes. Through music, movement and of course, stories, kids fall in love with reading, a love that carries them through life.

Winter Storytimes at CLPL begin the week of January 9.  There are Drop-in Sessions and regular sessions for kids from birth through age five and older. Click on our calendar to find a Storytime that fits your schedule.  

Pictured above: Storytime Teachers, Miss Seanine and Miss Terri, display several of the penguin books they plan to share during the Winter session of Storytimes.

Advisory Referendum Outcome

Thank you to those who took the time to learn the issues about the proposed new Library building that was on the ballot last November. The Advisory Referendum for a new Library did not pass. The certified results from the McHenry County Clerk’s office indicate that the vote was 10,701 “no” to 8,556 “yes.” Without a “yes” majority, the City Council will not issue the bonds for a new Library building.

Many of you have asked us “what now?,” understanding that the problems that led the Library Board to ask the City Council to go to referendum last fall, still exist. The Library Board is in the process of trying to determine the best way to solve these problems. The LIbrary building still needs $9.1 million in repairs, funding the Library does not have.

While we are disappointed in the outcome, we are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support for our Library and will continue to do our best to provide the same quality of service to which we have always been committed.

Click here to view a thank you message from members of the Crystal Lake Public Library Board and Staff.


Below are resources for those of you who continue to have questions.

Calculate Your Savings by Using Library Materials

How much can your family save each year using Library materials. Click the link above to use our Library Use Value Calculator.


Read answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Advisory Referendum.

Resource Documents

The Library Board has been seeking a long-term solution to the Library's building problems for many years. Below are the studies and expert opinions that have informed the Library Board as they consider options, the presentations and results of the FOCUS (Future of Crystal Lake Library Under Study) Community Engagement Sessions and a list of FACTS describing what the Library Board intends to provide in a new facility.