Celebrating 100 years of connection, curiosity and joy at Palatine library

This year marks Palatine Library District’s 100th anniversary. Palatine Library is ecstatic to celebrate this milestone all year long, starting with an exciting weekend of fun at the library on the first weekend of May.

To kick off the festivities, the library is hosting the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club (NILTC) from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 and from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, with a sensory hour on Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon.

The NILTC uses over a million Lego bricks to build nearly 200 feet of tracks and cityscapes. Time slot tickets will be given to attendees on the day of the event for a spot in line to view the Lego exhibit.

While you wait to see the Lego exhibit, buy delicious food from Palatine favorite food trucks, Chicago Culinary Kitchen, Pierogi Girls, and My FlavorIt! Place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also, stop by the Youth and Teen Area and The Workshop for fun activities and to sign the library’s birthday card.

Get early access to the exhibit that displays pivotal moments in the library’s history. From seldom-seen photographs to famous summer reading T-shirts, each panel narrates a chapter of the library’s illustrious history.

The exhibit officially opens at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, with a presentation of the History of Palatine Library, presented by the Palatine Historical Society.

In addition to this celebration, the library is raising $10,000 to purchase a giant LiteZilla Lite Brite, an interactive display in the Early Literacy Area.

A LiteZilla provides a fun way for kids to develop vital skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. Help us raise $10,000 by purchasing limited edition merchandise with the library’s commemorative logo. Visit to shop now.

Now is a great time to visit the library to upgrade your library card to a limited-edition card with the commemorative 100th anniversary logo. First-time cardholders need to bring in one form of ID with their current address to apply for a card. Visit to read more about our celebrations.

The vision of Palatine Library District is to inspire connection, curiosity, and joy. We serve residents predominantly within the communities of Palatine and Hoffman Estates.

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