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A Family Remembers Their Child Through the Creation of Bea's Garden

This spring, a very special place is making its home at the library- Bea's Garden. The new space in the library's Prairie Patch includes a bee habitat, an observatory to watch the bees working, an insect hotel, and pollinator plants to attract butterflies. 


Bea's Garden will be created through a generous donation from the Lawrence family in loving memory of Beatrix, daughter of Noah and Megan and the sister of Clio and Alexis.
Alexis and Beatrix, twins, were born prematurely, and Bea's lungs never fully matured. When she developed an infection shortly after her first birthday, she couldn't recover and passed away at 13–months–old on October 19, 2018.

While she was only on Earth for a short time, Beatrix loved coming to the library with her family—in fact, it was the first place she visited other than her home, the hospital, or a doctor's office. She adored the staff in Kids & Teens—and they adored her as well.
Because the library is one of the Lawrence family's favorite places, the family wanted to honor her memory at the library through Bea's Garden. The family has strong community ties. They share their story in order to connect and encourage others.

In the eulogy Noah composed for his daughter, he wrote: "One of the greatest gifts Beatrix gave our family was to bring into our lives, on a more intimate level, so many amazing people, and to help us see more clearly depths of compassion and reservoirs of love in others who we'd already known…. Together, we will keep Bea's memory alive, and all of us will be changed for the better from knowing her." 

Bea's Garden Dedication: You're Invited
Sunday, May 19, 2–4 p.m. 

It's the grand opening of the Prairie Patch's newest addition—an insect garden. Celebrate with live music, art activities, and refreshments in memory of Bea. 

Thank You, Whole Foods!

Your bag refunds really added up, and the library's Foundation & Friends received a donation of $2,526 from the Whole Foods One Dime at a Time program.

Every time you used your own grocery bag, Whole Foods in Willowbrook donated the 10 cent bag refund to the library. Thank you, Whole Foods, for your continued support of the library.

The library's Foundation & Friends supports the library as an essential center of learning, inspiration, and community pride. We are grateful for your support through programs like Whole Foods program, but you can directly donate to the library to support new services, programs, and technology.

Because the Library serves all residents, businesses and organizations, your charitable donation to the Foundation & Friends is quite literally a gift to our entire community. All gifts to the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends are fully tax-deductible, as allowed by law. Please consider making a donation today!

Order a Brick for the Reading Garden Path



We are now taking orders for our spring brick installation. Hurry, the deadline is Tuesday, April 30. You can order here.

Honor a special person or occasion, memorialize a loved one, or recognize an organization or business with a personalized, engraved brick that will be installed in the library’s Reading Garden Path. With a gift of $75, you can personalize a 4” x 8” brick with three lines of up to 13 characters per line. A gift of $150 allows you to personalize an 8” x 8” brick with six lines of up to 13 characters per line. If you are ordering a brick as a gift, please provide the gift recipient’s information, and we will send them a notification. Duplicate bricks can be ordered as a keepsake for half price.

Thank You "Fore" Your Support!

 

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the Foundation & Friends "Putter Around the Library" fundraiser on March 10. We had so much fun turning the library into a mini golf course and a wonderful time watching you play and have fun with your family and friends.

This event would not be possible without our generous sponsors. We are so grateful for your support.

    • Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic
    • Carriage Greens Country Club
    • Countryside Bank
    • Darien Kiwanis Club
    • Darien Rotary Club
    • Darien Woman’s Club
    • Johnson Orthodontics
    • Zazzo's Pizza

 

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