Give to YOUR local library on Giving Tuesday

Following on the heels of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to putting your dollars toward a cause that is near and dear to your heart. It might be a global movement, but you can make a difference right here in your community. Give to the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends.

Technology is high on our community's wish list. Please consider sponsoring one of the following. You will be a hero in our community. Unless you wish to be anonymous, we will place your name as the sponsor of the item(s) you donate.

Even if you can't fulfill our wish list, please consider donating the cost of your coffee and muffin or lunch to us.


4G Wi-Fi Hotspot for One Year
Give those who cannot afford Internet access or need it to travel the opportunity to access the Internet at home or on the go.
Donation needed: $177 each
Our wish: Six

5G Wi-Fi Hotspot for One Year
Provide the latest in wireless technology that community members can use with their own devices.
Donation needed: $449 each
Our wish: Six

iPads
iPads support STEM programming at the library and local schools, as well as can be used in conjunction with wi-fi hotspots to provide Internet access to use our online services and collections.
Donation needed: $450 each
Our wish: 14

Windows Laptops
Support community members who seek jobs, access information online and use the library's databases and training resources. Your donation allows us to purchase Windows 11 laptops with Office 2019.
Donation needed: $700
Our wish: Five

Poster Printer
Support organizations, small businesses, and community members to print posters.
Donation: $2,095

Our wish: One 

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Thank you, donors

 Thank you, donors Your donation makes it possible for us to be a vital part of our community. Thank you to those who recently supported the library.
In memory of Cindy Lou McDonnell, Darien Woman's Club, $250
In memory of Philip Lazzara, Angelo Lazzara, $150
Darien Woman's Club, $182
Better World Books, $141.49
In honor of Helen Chan Judy Betke Miller, $150
In honor of Barry J. Miller Helen Chan, $150
John Formento, $100
In memory of Jenny Fiolka JoAnn Fiolka, $50
In memory of Maureen Milord Lourdes Lonergan, $75
Daniel Paul Dennison, $50
Linda Temmer Garcia, $35

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Maker Studio projects help man keep his son’s memory alive

 It started with a keychain for Andy Ermel. Just a simple piece of wood laser engraved in the Maker Studio with his late son's name, birthday, and day of his death above an image of a single-prop plane. "From there it just kind of exploded," Andy said. It sure did. Since that first project, Andy has created a host of items dedicated to his son, Joseph Aaron Ermel, a pilot who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2021. The items include a permanent vinyl sticker for his laptop, plus coasters, coffee mugs, posters, and a wooden box with different images on each side representing Joseph's interests. "I'm grateful for the Maker Studio and the projects I made to honor my son," said Andy. Along his journey in honoring his son, Andy used just about every machine available in the Maker Studio. "There's so much here to work with, and it keeps expanding," Andy said. "It seems like every time I come in here something new has been added."


These projects were made possible because of equipment donated by the Foundation & Friends. Most recently, the Foundation & Friends funded a sublimation printer, which will allow our guests to do great projects such as mugs and t-shirts.

Make a donation to continue to fund creativity for the community.
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You shop. Amazon gives.

As you shop on Amazon- either through the app or their website- a portion of your sales can benefit the library at no additional cost to you at AmazonSmile. Choose Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation as the charity you wish you donate to when you sign up at smile.amazon.com. Thank you in advance for supporting the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends.  

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Maker Studio for the win!

Two things Eloise Smith loves are libraries and fundraising. So, imagine how excited she was when she learned the Maker Studio at IPPL could play a role in helping her raise money for a cause dear to her heart. Eloise, a retired flight attendant and IPPL volunteer, is making 40-60 coasters in the Maker Studio that will be included in gift bags for donors to the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton. She's using the laser cutter to etch animal designs into the coasters. The project came about when Eloise came to the Maker Studio for a separate project. She was making buttons for her class reunion. Eloise mentioned the zoo project to Ann Stovall, the IPPL Head of Technology and Maker Services, and a longtime friend. "We started talking about the buttons and other projects I'm working on," Eloise said. "I wasn't sure how I would complete my project. It was Ann who suggested using the laser cutter for the coasters. She saved my life!" Like many IPPL cardholders who venture into the Maker Studio, Eloise was so taken by the space that she plans to do many more projects and has signed up for several classes. "Thank heavens for the tech-librarians and the Maker Studio."
The laser cutter was donated by the IPPL Foundation & Friends. Donate here (to the donate page) to support learning in the Maker Studio. 

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Be part of the legacy!

Our Donor Tree has been growing since the library moved to its current building in 1996. The tree of commemorative leaves and stones is located near the first floor lobby. If you wish to have your name become a lasting part of the library, or are looking to honor a special person or occasion, memorialize a loved one, or recognize an organization or business, consider purchasing one of these personalized, one-of-a-kind gifts. A leaf on the tree can be purchased for $250. You can personalize it with three lines up to 24 characters for lines one and three, 28 characters for line two. Stones at the base of the tree can also be purchased. A small stone is $1,500 and a large boulder is $5,000. Although there is no set character limit for these, please keep in mind that the longer the inscription, the smaller the text size will be. Donate today: Call 630/887-0945 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Thank you, donors

This summer, the Foundation & Friends sponsored the library's summer reading program, making it possible for thousands of children, teens, and adults to share the love of reading through this community-wide reading initiative. In addition, our community continues to use the top-of-the-line 3D printer and laser cutter in the Maker Studio, as well as hang out in the café—all donated by the Foundation. Your donations make it possible for us to be a shining star in the community.

Thank you to those who recently supported us including . . .
Anonymous, $5000
Darien Woman's Club, $1432
Susanne Riedell, $1000
Richard Pena, $300 In honor of Bea's Garden
Anonymous, $200
In memory of my parents Pam Welsch, $150
In loving memory of Bradley Huebsch Jeffrey Huebsch, $150
In memory of Rose Pilipowski Jennine Moorman, $150
In honor of Helen Chan Judy Miller, $150
Steven Szafranski, $150
Better World Books, $127.56
Sheila Welsch, $100
Alexis Palm-Wallace, $75
In memory of Charles Labate Adgie Labate, $75
In memory of Marion Kopriva Judy Kopriva, $75
In loving memory of Tom Carrozzo Louise Carrozzo, $75
In honor of the Bervens Hannah Fisher, $75
In memory of Larry Schaer Caryl Schaer, $75
In honor of Judy Betke Miller Carol & Ken Poindexter, $50
Daniel Paul Dennison, $30
Marcia Hadad, $25

Linda Temmer Garcia, $15 

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Enjoy sunny summer days in the Gardens at IPPL

 Established in 2015, the Prairie Patch, has provided learning and exploration for youth as kids and teens explored the science behind gardening each summer while growing fruits and vegetables that were donated to food pantries. A generous donation from Dhiren and Kailas Sanghani, in memory of their son Keshav, will provide upgrades to the area. New raised beds and additional garden furniture and activities will be added to enhance the outdoor classroom and provide a place of relaxation and beauty.

 Remembering Keshav Sanghani

Keshav Sanghani was an aficionado of fruits and vegetables, eating them like children eat candy. Keshav and his mom were regular visitors to the library with trips frequently ending with a bowl of fruit as his mom read a book to him.

When the Sanghanis heard about the Prairie Patch, they felt there was no better way to remember Keshav—a compassionate, wonderful, caring, and intelligent human, who they lost in 2019—than to sponsor the garden in his memory.

While strawberries and peaches were his absolute favorite, cherries, oranges, grapes, and melons were not far behind. He enjoyed zucchini, eggplant, cauliflower, and more, marveling at the unique features and flavors of different vegetables.

As a descendent of generations of farmers, Keshav was passionate about everything that went into growing produce. He visited farms and learned how vegetables grew, his fascination persisting through high school and college.

He had a profound appreciation for small businesses, farmer's markets, and community gardens.


"It spoke to his awareness and compassion, seeing the worth in people and the earth in ways most of us don't," said his parents, Dhiren and Kailas Sanghani.

His family fondly remembers how Keshav would run to the door when his mother came home with groceries and help her unload the car. He would unpack the bags and help to carefully clean the produce, eager to see what fruits and vegetables would be included in meals, and help to clean them.

"We miss him dearly when we come home with groceries now—we half expect to see him burst out the garage door to start unloading the car," said his parents. "Keshav was a remarkable young man. Perhaps, when you take a stroll in the garden, our precious memories of Keshav will bring a smile to your face."

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Thank you, donors

 The mission of the Indian Prairie Foundation & Friends is to support the library as an essential center of learning, inspiration, and community pride. Your donation helps us support diverse programs and classes, enrich the library's collection, and provide services. Thank you to those who recently donated.

  • Anonymous, $1,000
  • Anonymous, $364.15
  • Better World Books, $321.59
  • In memory of Jo Marie Ostrowski, Maria Harvey, $250; IPPL Book Club, $175; Jacqueline Ostrowski, $155; Ira & Loretta Bresof, $100; Friends of Jo Marie, $100; Frank & Mary Rotella, $100 ; George & Jerry Toth, $50; Karen & Richard Korbas, $25
  • In memory of Kondapalli Sita Mahalakshmi, Sunil Kondapalli, $300
  • Amazon Shoppers, $154.34
  • In memory of Antoinette Lazzara, Angelo Lazzara, $150
  • In memory of Diane Soukup Azeling, Dan, Mike, Scot, & David Soukup, $150
  • McMaster-Carr Company Match, $150
  • Steven Szafranski, $100
  • Margaret Reilly, $100
  • Joyce Stunkel, $100
  • In honor of Alina, Peter & Barb Allard, Theo Vidito & Jamie Allard, $80
  • Josette Songco, $75
  • Laurie Landsman, $50
  • In honor of Helen Chan, Ken & Carol Poindexter, $50
  • Stephan & Doreen Thomas, $25
  • Linda Temmer Garcia, $15
  • Daniel Paul Dennison, $15
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Delivery brings the library home

Reading is an escape for longtime IPPL cardholder Jura Jancys of Darien. As a caregiver to her 97-year-old mother, however, Jancys can't leave the house very often, which makes trips to the library a challenge for her. That's where IPPL's homebound delivery service comes into play. Jancys read about the program in an IPPL newsletter and signed up right away. The library offers personalized delivery of library materials for those who qualify for homebound service due to an illness or disability and to their caregivers. Bi-weekly deliveries are made on Saturdays by volunteers from Interfaith Community Partners.

"The homebound delivery service is a real lifesaver for me," she said. "I can't leave my mother alone. To find out I could get books delivered through the homebound service, it's just wonderful. It takes the stress away." Like Jancys, Helene Kodis has a difficult time getting to the library, though she lives within two miles of it. Legally blind, Kodis, a longtime IPPL cardholder from Darien, was walking 30 minutes each way to pick up and return her books.

On one of her visits, she asked at the Guest Services Desk if there was a way to have her books delivered to her home. She was directed to the homebound delivery service and has been using it ever since. "I didn't know it was so well organized," she said. "I'm very impressed with the service.

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Snag books at a bargain

The IPPL Foundation & Friends book sale is back and located in the new café. Prices range from 50 cents to $3. If you haven't had a chance to work or study in the new café, check it out. Because of a generous donation by the Foundation & Friends, we were able to create this fantastic new area with a variety of seating options for getting work done or simply meeting with your friends.

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Thank you, donors

If you love the Indian Prairie Public Library and the services it provides, please consider a donation! Your donation is literally a gift to the entire community. Donate here. Thank you to our recent donors.

  • Susanne Riedell, $1,000 
  • Patricia O'Donnell
  • $500 Anonymous
  • $314.20 Better World Books
  • $251.90 Steven Szafranski
  • $200 Dana Haugen
  • $150 Amazon Shoppers
  • $84.66 Ben, Colleen, and Cecilia Thompson
  • $75C.J. Tracy
  • $25 Marcia Hadad
  • $25 Daniel Paul Dennison
  • $20 Linda Temmer Garcia
  • $20 In loving memory of Elmer Both, Jr. -L.B., D.B., B.B., & B.B. Thank you to all medical professionals Louis Both
  • $310 For Bea's Garden Greg Meronek
  • $200 Elizabeth Lawrence
  • $50 In memory of Betty Benson Antoinette Kennedy
  • $50 Mary Malone
  • $50 Eleanor Robson
  • $50 In memory of Michael Tatum Robert Hill
  • $100 In memory of Elaine Couch Raymond & Nancy Powers
  • $50 In loving memory of Virginia Graves Poli Garza 
  • $75 In loving memory of John H. Sparks Marian & Larry Krupicka
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Your donations make a difference

There's still time to make your end-of-year gift to the IPPL Foundation & Friends!
Donations do not fund day-to-day library operations, meaning that 100% of your gift is used to add new services, programs, or technology.
This year, your donations . . .
• funded the new café in the renovation to provide a gathering space for getting work done or simply meeting with friends.
• added a top-of-the-line 3D printer and laser cutter to the new Maker Studio, a place to learn and create.
• connected adults through online programs.
• helped children learn through initiatives like the summer challenge.
Donate here.

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Veteran uses Maker Studio

Eileen Hands, a Burr Ridge resident and IPPL cardholder since 2005, has been a lifelong supporter of libraries. But, even she was a little surprised when she learned she could get help with an embroidery project at IPPL.

The Maker Studio has the latest Brother embroidery machine.
Hands came to IPPL needing help putting a design on a cap that she later wore on the first all-women Honor Flight from Chicago in late fall.
Hands was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and served for three years during the Korean War.
"You have no idea how delighted I am to have this available to me," Hands said about the Maker Studio and the one-on-one instruction she received from the Maker Studio staff.
"I have a great deal of respect for the public library system," she says, adding that she often looked for Carnegie libraries when she traveled to small towns.
Help us add more technology to the library, and make your donation now.

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A gift to IPPL Foundation & Friends is a gift to the entire community

The Indian Prairie Public Library inspires discovery and creativity, provides opportunities for lifelong learning and enjoyment, and brings people together to share ideas, skills, and knowledge. Donations do not fund day-to-day library operations, meaning that 100% of your gift is used to add new services, programs, or technology.

No amount is too small! Make your donation.

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Families enjoy LittleTown

LittleTown, our children's play area, is the perfect area for you and your child to explore. Because of the renovation, we were able to triple the space and include LittleShop in its new location. The original LittleTown was made possible by a donation from the Sadowski Family. LittleTown is designed to encourage a young child's sense of independence, exploration, and creativity. (Dave, use a photo of Littletown). If you'd like to make a donation to benefit families, make a gift here.  

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You shop. Amazon gives.

As you get ready to shop for the holidays on Amazon- either through the app or their website- a portion of your sales can benefit the library at no additional cost to you at AmazonSmile. Choose Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation as the charity you wish you donate to when you sign up at smile.amazon.com. Thank you in advance for supporting the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends. 

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The book sale is back!

Snag books, DVDS, CDs, and more at a bargain. The IPPL Foundation & Friends book sale (link to the site: ipplfoundation.org) is back and located in the new cafe. Prices range from 50 cents to $3. Note: At this time, we are not accepting of materials for the sale.

If you haven't had a chance to work or study in the new cafe, check it out. Because of the renovation and a generous donation by the Foundation & Friends, we were able to create this fantastic new area with a variety of seating options for getting work done or simply meeting with your friends.

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Thank You, Donors

As part of the library's renovation, the Foundation & Friends donated a laser cutter and top-of-the-line 3D printer to enhance the new Maker Studio, a space to learn and create. In addition, the Foundation & Friends funded the new café in the renovation to provide another gathering space. The Foundation & Friends also supports many of the programs offered by the library and the summer challenge. Your donation makes it possible to be a vital part of the community. Thank you to those who recently supported the library.

Anonymous, $5,000
Darien Woman's Club, $1,000
AIG Corporate match, $1,000
Michaelene C. Skronski Social Capital Fund, a Donor Advised Fund of the Strategic Financial Group Charitable Giving Fund Program, $500
Steven Szafranski, $150
John Formento, $100
Utsav Sethi, $20
Linda Temmer Garcia, $15
Daniel Paul Dennison, $15

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Enhancing the Maker Studio

As part of the library's renovation, the Foundation & Friends is donating a laser cutter and top-of-the-line 3D printer to enhance the new Maker Studio, a space to learn and create. We can't wait for you to use the equipment in this new space.

The Foundation & Friends also is making a $50,000 donation to the library to cover the cost of the new café in the renovation, a wonderful new space to relax, work, study, and gather–whatever suits you.

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