Library Board

Regular Meetings

  • 6:30 PM
  • 2nd Thursday of every month
  • Barbara Paul History Room Library


  • Ms. Jamie Paicely, President
  • Ms. Michele Baikauskas, Vice President
  • Ms. Mary Beth Cifelli, Secretary
  • Ms. Michelle Aldana, Trustee
  • Ms. Tiffany Bennett, Trustee
  • Ms. Nora Gomez, Trustee
  • Ald. Sonia Perez, Trustee
  • Ms. Adele Propst, Trustee
  • Mr. Orlando Baez, Trustee

Trustees hold a three year term which does not commence until the following June after their appointment. It is by ordinance that a representative from the City Council serve on the board.

Library Board of Trustees

The Chicago Heights Public Library Board of Trustees govern the overall functions of the library. The Board gives the mission to the library, secures adequate funding to accomplish the library's mission, sets the policies for the operation of the library, hires the director of the library, and advocates for the library in the city and in the state. The Board consists of nine appointed Trustees. A Library Trustee must be a resident of the City of Chicago Heights and is appointed by the Mayor. The term of office of a Trustee is indefinitely unless the Mayor chooses to not reappoint that individual. Currently, there is one open board seat on the library board.

Chicago Heights Free Public Library

Mission Statement

The Chicago Heights Public Library, in partnership with its staff, community partners, and related stakeholders, will offer knowledge and information through books, online resources, technology, cultural related programs that will encourage community residents to strive for lifelong efforts in overcoming literacy. To empower community residents of all ages and partners to become positive, well rounded, and life-long learners.


We strive to become the iconic historical library in the Chicago Metropolitan-Region. We Strive to be the Community Hub where residents and visitors can have access to related knowledge, informational needs, entertainment, and literacy materials for all ages.

Visit the Chicago Heights Public Library’s official website to learn more.