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Save the Date: Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a day-long global event to put your dollars toward a cause that is near and dear to your heart. We know you love the Indian Prairie Public Library. Please consider a donation to the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends.

You shop. Amazon gives.

As you get ready to shop for the holidays on Amazon, 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.

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. 

Book Nook Sales & Movie Donations, $1,900
Darien Woman's Club, $1,530
AIG, $1,000
Darien Lions Club, $1,000
In memory of Beatrix Lawrence,
James C. Mitchell, Jr., $500
John & Patricia Naisbitt, $100
Christopher & Michele Freiler, $25
Susanne Riedell, $300
In loving memory of Dr. Sigrid L. Peterson, Alyssa Popowitch, $250
In memory of Elizabeth A. Nelson, Karen Nelson, $250
In memory of Laurence Schaer, Caryl Schaer, $250
Hugh Glenn, $200
In loving memory of Ramona Weigus, Isabel Schuurman & book club, $150
In memory of Irene & Joseph Kocjan, Keith Krupicka, $100
Lyric Opera of Chicago, Hinsdale Chapter, $100
In memory of Rita Peterson, Hinsbrook Book Club, $70
Alison Papaurelis, $50 Joseph Pellegrino, $50
In memory of Irene Kocjan,
Joan McGady, $25
Gary & Lynn Engelmann, $25
Jonathan Troc, $10

Leave a Legacy on Our Tree

 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, please 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. There is no text limit.

Contact us at 630/887-0945 to be part of the giving tree or order online here.

Support the Foundation Through Amazon

If you're making purchases from Amazon, a portion of your sales can benefit the library at no additional cost to you through the AmazonSmile program. Choose Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation as the charity you wish you donate to when you sign up at smile.amazon.com.

Experience the night sky with one of the library's new telescopes

Experience the night sky with one of the library's new telescopesThanks to donations like yours, the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation gives the gift of space exploration to the community through these portable telescopes. We've used the telescopes during a few programs last month, and they were a big hit. You can check out one of the telescopes for yourself. It's easy to place a hold with your Indian Prairie Public Library card. 

Help us continue to provide more opportunities like this to the community. Please consider a donation to the Indian Prairie Foundation and Friends today.

We Help People Find Jobs

 Tim Wierdak didn't know why he wasn't getting job offers. In two short weeks, he went from not knowing why to landing a new job.

A frequent library visitor, he learned that the library offers a variety of job and career services, and he spoke with our expert staff.

"Those services started me on the right path," said Tim, who was looking to change jobs.

Tim attended the library's Job Club workshop and participated in mock interviews where he got advice and feedback. He also visited the Goodwill Workforce Connection Center and found the ad for a job that piqued his interest—the one he was hired for. 

"As adults, sometimes we need a little guidance, and I am so grateful for the library," said Tim.

If you'd like to make a donation to support the library and the services we provide, like job resources and programming, click here.

Your Donations Support Summer Learning

In the first month of our Summer Challenge, the library presented 88 programs for kids and teens with 2,331 people in attendance. The library also participated in 17 events out in the community serving another 1,988 people.

Because of donations like yours, the Foundation & Friends supports the Summer Challenge, helping kids stay ahead of the game and not fall victim to the summer slide, a decline in reading ability and academic skills that can occur over the summer months when school isn't in session.

Donations do not fund day-to-day library operations, meaning that 100% of your gift is used to add new services, programs, or technology.

Please consider a donation to the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends today to help us keep kids' minds engaged and focused.

Coming Soon: Bags for Checkout

In response to patron requests, we have bags you can check out to bring your library materials home with you. Just in case you forget your bags, this is a convenient way to keep your library materials home with you. Ask at the Checkout Desk next time you visit us. Bags are sponsored by the Foundation & Friends.  

Thank you, donors!

Thank you to those who recently donated to the Foundation & Friends.

Book Nook Sales & Movie Donations, $2,814.75
Whole Foods Market Willowbrook, $2,526
Anonymous, $2,500
Praxair, $1,200

In memory of Beatrix Lawrence,
Megan & Noah Lawrence, $1,000
Jeffrey & Susan Goldsmith, $54

Barbara Brader, $400
VizoArts, $330
Joseph Sadowski, $250
Maria L. Sadowski $250
Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic, $200
Carriage Way West, Inc., $200
Countryside Bank, $200
Darien Kiwanis Club, $200
Pamela Johnson, $200
Louis Both, $150
Beatrice Cevela, $150
Amazon Shoppers, $137.86
Zazzo's Pizza and Bar, $100
Taylor Frawley, $75
Shilpa Mailapur, $75
Nancy Martin, $50
Marcia Hadad, $25
Sharon Wozny, $20

Jonathan Troc, $13.50 

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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