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I reached a milestone this January of having served the Prairie Trails Public Library District for 25 years as its Director.  During those years there have been hundreds of thousands of checked-out materials, hundreds of thousands of reference questions answered,  hundreds of thousands of materials purchased for patron use, thousands of programs for youngsters and adults, visiting celebrities like Chicago Bears' players Dan Jiggets and Gary Fencik, the first Trump Apprentice – Bill Rancic, Governor Quinn and Gold Star family members, numerous authors, magicians, acrobats and performers.  Support has been in abundance from Stickney Township and Supervisor Viverito, the City of Burbank and Mayor Klein and City Council members, the  Burbank Park District,  local schools,  the Burbank Art League and numerous organizations.  Forty years of my professional life has been dedicated to intellectual freedom and providing information to the public. I continue to enjoy serving with the Board of Trustees and staff  in providing library services to our patrons.  Thank you for your continued support of our library as I begin my 25th  year of service as its Director.

Ruth E. Faklis

This February join us in celebrating the role that your public library plays as 'the heart of the community'.  We are hosting a MONTH LONG CONTEST with DAILY WINNERS – everyone is eligible to participate!  Here is how it will work....

For every 5 items a patron checks out at our circulation desk....two things will occur....

  1. They will receive a 'DUCK OF THE WEEK' again, for every 5 items/single circ 
  2. They also will receive a free ticket opportunity for a DAILY RAFFLE of a gift certificate to use at a local restaurant within the City of Burbank.

At the end of each business day, a ticket will be drawn from that day's entries; and the winner will be called.  All prizes will be placed in a container.  When the winner returns to the library to claim their reward they will then have an opportunity to draw their prize from the container.  In total the library will provide 24 prizes/winning opportunities.

Prairie Trails Public Library District (PTPLD) has begun its 46th year of service to the communities of Burbank and Nottingham Park.  This contest is our way of thanking each of you for your show of support in making us 'the heart of the community'.

Ricardo A. Fernandez and his wife developed an extensive friendship with former President Jimmy Carter.  As their relationship developed over the years, Mr. Fernandez began to accumulate items related to President and Mrs. Carter that amassed into a collection.  The library wishes to thank Mr. and Mrs. Fernandez for displaying a portion of their collection during January at Prairie Trails for our patrons to see first hand.  Photographs, autographed items, political cartoons, Habitat for Humanity items, political pins and many more items were on display.

Prairie Trails Public Library District, in connection with other libraries in the SWAN library consortium, will switch over to a new software system in April 2015. The catalog will offer many new features to enhance your library experience. Our newsletter and other member communications will provide more details as they become available.

Our software system will be down April 11, 2015 through April 15, 2015  to implement the change.


The library emergency closings will be posted on the Emergency Closing Center


The Prairie Trails Public Library District will be working in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service in providing the most requested Tax forms for the convenience of our patrons.

If you do not see the form you need – whether federal or state – ask the adult reference librarians to assist you.

Tax Help

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