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Early Voting Hours and Voter Information

Early Voting Hours

Any eligible voter resident of Lake County may early vote at the Library. Dates and times for early voting are set by Lake County and are as follows:

Meeting Room A

Holiday Mitten Tree

Place new hats, mittens, gloves, scaves and sweaters on the Library's Mitten Tree December 1-29. The tree is located in the Library's lobby on the first floor near the Information Desk. All donations benefit local agencies in need. 

Veterans Tree

Stop by Forge November 1-30 and decorate a picture of a veteran to place on the Veterans Tree. All supplies are provided. Each participant receives a 3D crafted bookmark, while supplies last.

New Leadership

Ela Area Public Library Welcomes New Director Erica Christianson

The Ela Area Public Library Board of Trustees have announced the appointment of a new executive director, Erica Christianson.

September is Library Card Sign Up Month

Library Card Sign Up Month Celebration w/ Churros Y Chocolate Food Truck

Receive a FREE churro with your library card, while supplies last!

3:30-5:30PM Thurs., Sep. 21 in front of the Library


AARP Tax Help

This service is provided by volunteers for seniors and qualifying individuals. Please note:

EAPL Ranks Again as the Best in the Nation

Ela Area Public Library has once again received recognition as one of the best public libraries in America according to Library Journal’s Index of U.S. Public Library Service.

Notice to Voters

Precinct Information

Due to construction, the Library IS NOT a polling place for the November 8 election.

Precincts 96, 97, 98 will vote at the Ela Township offices, 1155 IL-22, Lake Zurich.

Tax-Aide Volunteers Needed

Become a Tax-Aide Volunteer

AARP is looking for volunteers to help provide free personal income tax assistance for people in the community. Tax-Aide volunteers prepare and file tax returns for those with low to moderate incomes, especially those 50 and older.

Library Card Sign Up Month

September is Library Card Sign Up Month

Freebie Fridays -- September 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

Check out 10 or more items to receive a freebie at Checkout.


Interior Renovation Project 2022-23

Interior Renovation Updates (March 2023)

If you are inside the building, please return all items in the Red Return Bin located in the lobby. Behind the scenes, crews are working on installing a new materials sorter and redesigning the sorter area to feature a whole new view. 

Outdoor Concert Series

Held outdoors on the Library's back lawn, weather permitting. Bring a blanket or chair. Please note rain date or alternate location.

Pride Month Programs

Registration begins June 1.

Pride Month Button (In Person)

Stop by Forge for this drop-in craft and make a button to take home. All supplies provided. Limit 2 buttons, per person, while supplies last.

June 1-30