Estelle Cooperman

Interview Date: March 30, 2017
Interview Location: Morton Grove Public Library
Interviewer: Chad Comello
Transcriber: Eric Skoglund, Paul Sidlowski
Duration: 66 minutes


Estelle Cooperman has lived in Morton Grove since 1967. Born and raised in Albany Park, she has fond memories of visiting Chicago museums and being outside in the evenings as a kid. In high school she acquired an interest in bookkeeping, which she pursued as a career as she and her husband, an appliance salesman, moved to Morton Grove in the 1960s. She served on the Morton Grove Public Library’s Board of Trustees for 36 years, during which she started the library’s first Friends of the Library group and in 2000 was named Trustee of the Year by the North Suburban Library System. After retiring from the board, the library’s boardroom was named the Estelle Cooperman Room in honor of her years of service.

In this March 2017 interview, Estelle talks about acquiring a love of libraries at an early age, her enthusiasm for serving on the Board of Trustees, and the relationships she has cherished over her years of service at the library.