Of the various public agencies to be benefitted in the proposed plan for a better Wilmette, issued recently by th e Wilmette Planning board, and to be submitted to the voters early next year, the library is the only one which has never had an addition to its plant.
The bu ilding was constructed in 1904. No addition has ever been built, although the population of the community has, in the interval, multiplied five or six times.
The original book stock, of 2,300 volumes, has grown to 27,000. For a long time, many books had to be put in storage. In order to house all the volumes, in one building, the reading rooms had to be eliminated.
Many New Books
Wilmette people have always patronized the library well, and have been willing to grant funds for new books. Until the present time, however, there has been no plan for a library building large enough to serve the community.
Wilmetet has not done nearly as well by its library as have other North Shore Communities, figures show.
Figures for Shore
Lake Forest..... 6,885..........53,270
Winnetka's present library building was erected in 1910, with an addition in 1928 and another one contemplated.
Lake Forest's was constructed in 1930. Highland Park's in 1931, Glencoe's in 1941.
For a community the size of Wilmette, the American Library association has found that the book stock should be about 2 1/2 volumes per capita. Wilmette has about 60 percent of this amount.
On the other hand, Wilmette's library is the busiest on the North Shore. It's "book turnover," that is, how often the average book is read each year, is 4.2. Winnetka's turnover is 2.7, Highland Park's is 2.3, Glencoe is 2.5, and Lake Forest is 0.8.
Under the proposed village plan, the old structure at Park and Wilmette avenues would be replaced by a larger building which would be part of the commuity center in that block.