Meet our 2024 Library Foundation Award honorees.

Aurelija Fitzpatrick: Tales from the Top of a South African Mountain

Although she lives closest to the Edgewater Library Branch, Aurelija Fitzpatrick, a member of our Junior Board, frequents Harold Washington the most. Loving new sights and scenes, she visits Harold Washington for a respite from work – and she travels the world to explore new scenes abroad.


What book are you currently reading? Would you recommend it and why/why not?

I recently finished Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, this year’s One Book One Chicago. I LOVED it – it was such a well-written, heartwarming memoir of one family’s year-long focus on eating locally. The author goes into the benefits (nutritional, ecological, ethical, economical) of seasonal, local, and sustainable eating, and it made me more conscious of my food choices. I just started The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena today, so it’s too soon for me to give any feedback yet.

What CPL branch library do you visit the most? Is there anything interesting about this branch/community that we should know about?

The Edgewater Branch is the library closest to my home, but I tend to go to Harold Washington most frequently. It’s close to work, and gives me a reason to escape my office every now and then.

What is your favorite thing about being a member of the Chicago Public Library Foundation Junior Board?

I think that the events our Junior Board puts on are just fantastic, especially Night in the Stacks. It’s fun to help plan the events, and get our friends, family, and community involved and interested in what the library has to offer.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

My favorite hobby is traveling – I’ve been to five continents (just need to hit Australia and Antarctica). My most embarrassing travel story is getting stranded on top of Table Mountain in South Africa in 2009, which required getting a mountain rescue – but it hasn’t stopped my hiking or adventure obsession!
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