Library History

The dream of a library for Bridgeview began its journey into reality early in March, 1965, when the Bridgeview Chamber of Commerce and Industry spearheaded the effort. According to Joan Simon, present park district secretary and one of the village’s early boosters for a library, original members of the Bridgeview Library District Committee included Lou DeFazio; president, Mrs. Ann Borys, vice president; Mrs. Irene Miller, secretary; Mrs. Betty Hubiak, treasurer; Steve LiVigni, publicity chairman; with Mrs. Simon, Mrs. Marie Smith, and a host of others serving as assistants. At a fund raising dinner held in July, 1965, donations to the library effort were pledged by commerce, industry, civic organizations, and individuals. Other fund raising efforts were also held.


On March 5, the following year, when 435 registered voters turned out to decide the fate of the project, the library district was voted in, 306 to 105! Elected directors included Stephanie Cichowsk, Regina Robins, James T. Call, Joan M. Simon, William Kutschke, and Katherine McCutcheon. Peter Pappas, State Library Attorney, was named Library Board Attorney.


The new board members worked hard, since their eventual goal now seemed so close. Ways were found to erect the new library without going to local taxpayers for assistance. Mrs. Simon credits Attorney Peter Pappas with interesting a local investor in lending $225.000 to the project, the Federal government agreed to furnish 25%  of its costs, and this, together with what was saved from first year taxes, assured the dream’s success. Over 200 honored guests were present on Sunday, November 29, 1970 as the Bridgeview Public Library was dedicated "to serve the community as a center for educational and cultural development and enrichment."


On Wednesday, October 11 1990, the Bridgeview Library had a festive atmosphere with balloons and streamers everywhere. The staff had taken hours to see that all was in readiness for this, their 20th Anniversary celebration. The celebration began with storytelling with featured storytellers for both young and old. The main entertainment was a mini concert presented by the Argo High School Chamber Choir. The choir's rendition featured poems and musicals that delighted the audience. Library Trustees were present to meet and greet guests and no one will forget the wonderful cake that was devoured by all that were in attendance.


From then on, progress seemed swift and certain. The library was built upon a hopeful dream which an entire community caused to come true.