Cook Memorial Library at 100. The Early 1920s.

From a collection of books in the homes of members of the Alpha Club in 1909, to a subscription library on a drugstore’s shelves, to a room in the village hall….the Libertyville public library would finally find a home in the former Cook residence after the death of Emily Barrows Cook in 1919. At the…

Women of Cook Library

We celebrate Women’s History Month and Cook Library’s Centennial by looking at the women who were key to the founding of the library and its early days. Local History Librarian Jenny Barry shares the stories of Emily Barrows Cook, Mabel MacGuffin, Norma Lee Peck, Clara Colby, Laura Taylor, August Lovell, and more. Keep checking the…

Libertyville’s Historic Milwaukee Avenue

Looking to get out of the house or explore Libertyville’s history virtually? Check out the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society’s online, self-guided tour “Libertyville’s Historic Milwaukee Avenue” released in September. The tour begins in Cook Park, moves north along the west side of Milwaukee Avenue to the American Legion Hall, then crosses the street to explore the…