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.

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

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.

Shop Amazon; Help the library

 As you get ready to shop for Father's Day and Prime Day (June 21 & 22) on Amazon, a portion of your sales can benefit the library at no additional cost to you at AmazonSmile. You can shop on AmazonSmile through the app or directly through the website.

Choose Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends as the charity you wish to donate to when you sign up at smile.amazon.com.

Thank you, donors!

Your donation to the IPPL Foundation & Friends makes it possible for us to be a vital part of our community. Thank you to those who recently donated to the library.

Anonymous, $1,000

Anonymous, $500

Karen Nelson $500

Jackie Streid, $250

Patricia Vastalo, $250
In memory of Michael P. Vastalo

Rebecca & Ashley Kerschen, $230

Steven Szafranski, $200

Joe & Lisa Sullivan, $150
In honor of Michael Tatum

Dana & Gail Lawrence, $150
In memory of Cynthia Mitchell

Dr. Vasant Kale, $150
In memory of Agnes Kale

Sarah Turek, $150
For Tumnus "Leetle Kraken"

Dennis Augustine, $150
In memory of Kerry John Morrissey

Cristina Drynan, $150
In loving memory of Marion Creery

Ann Harris, $150

Darien Garden Club, $150

Anthony Gricus, $100

Linda Templin, $100

Mary Ann Toljanic, $75

Beth Madura, $75
In memory of Eleanore Zwolinski. "Canasta Queen"

Ellen Bovard, $75
In memory of Ed Bovard

Rachel Hunnewell, $75

Andrew, Kelly, & Weston Hitchman, $75

Jennifer Izzo, $75

Laura Perez, $75

Tony Allitto, $75

The Talamonti & Nield Families, $75

Teresa Skorusa, $75

Firdaus Saleh, $75

Sarah Torres, $75

Beverly Moor, $50

Christine Delia, $50

CAF America, $50

Matching Ben Gittleson

Hui Zhu, $50

Matched by Delta Dental $25

JoAnn, Jim, Jr., & Jeffery Fiolka, $28
In memory of Jenny

Lisa Berg, $25

Doreen Thomas, $25

Daniel Paul Dennison, $20

Linda Temmer Garcia, $20

Patti Sommers, $8.25

A gift from the Foundation & Friends to you!


The Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends 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. The Foundation & Friends also is donating a laser cutter and top-of-the-line 3D printer to enhance the new Maker Studio. We appreciate their generosity in making our library a gem for our community! 

Thank you, donors!

 Our supporters are amazing! Thank you for making a gift this year. We appreciate your generous support.

  • Donna Barrows
  • Better World Books
  • Karen L. Blackful
  • Thomas & Jane Both
  • Carson, Sarah
  • Crego, Daniel
  • Darien Woman's Club
  • Evalee Dumas
  • S. Eisenberg
  • Rodney J. Feak
  • Karen Flavin
  • John W. Formento
  • Glenn & Donna Gabanski
  • Donna Gailus
  • Helen Galan
  • Gift of Carl Foundation, Inc.
  • Benjamin Gittleson
  • Bimal Goel
  • Dorian Gray
  • Marcia Hadad
  • Barbara E. Hempill
  • John Hempill
  • Kenneth Hieke
  • Pamela Hines
  • Debora S. Hogan
  • Roberta Klein
  • Carol Labedz
  • Elizabeth Lawrence
  • Noah & Megan Lawrence
  • Carol Lazarski
  • Jody Lowenthal
  • Peter Makris
  • Carol Marasovich
  • Ann E. Markus
  • Kenneth J. & Joanne M. Martorell
  • Terrance J. McDonald
  • Thomas H. Moog
  • Mark Moon
  • Karen Nelson
  • Stacy Palmisano
  • Mary K. Paxson
  • Samantha Reyes
  • Susanne G. Riedell
  • Jeffrey Ruck
  • Dickson & Kaye Ruddy
  • Jamison Smith
  • M. Irene Spaletto
  • Jean Stovall
  • John Sullivan
  • Karen Swanson
  • Steven Szafranski
  • C.J. Tracy
  • Eli Watkins
  • Cassidy Williams
  • 50 people also made anonymous donations

Make An End-of-Year Gift

We know that you have many options when it comes to end-of-year giving.
Why not choose the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends? No gift is too small as each and every one helps the library be an essential center of learning, inspiration, and community pride.
There is still time to make a tax-deductible donation to the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends. 100 percent of your donation supports diverse programs and classes, enriches the library's collections, and provides cutting-edge library enhancements.
The Foundation & Friends is an advocate for the library, and we couldn't do it without your help! Due to the fluid nature of COVID-19, now more than ever, your gift to the IPPL Foundation & Friends will be especially impactful.

For more information about making a gift to the library, call us at 630/887-0945 or donate here. 

Put your dollars toward a local cause- the library!

Save the Date: December 1. Following on the heels of Black Friday 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's a global movement, but you can make a difference right here in your community and give to the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends. 

Your donations help kids & teens

In 2019, more than 23,345 kids and teens learned, created, and explored at the library.

While 2020 has looked different, we are still making an impact. For example, Our friend Bradley (pictured top) and Ellie (bottom) enjoyed library activities from home this year.

A lot of planning and care goes into making sure the kids in our community can be their best. This year, we rose to the challenge and continue to partner with schools and respond to the needs of our community. This includes developing programs to connect with kids, creating learning materials, and providing favorite books.

And, we can't do it alone.

Help us to reach even more kids by donating. Due to the fluid nature of COVID-19, now more than ever, your gift to the IPPL Foundation & Friends will be especially impactful. 

Foundation Gives the Gift of Space Exploration

When Allen Smuda learned IPPL was adding telescopes to the collection for takeout thanks to a donation from the IPPL Foundation & Friends, he couldn't wait to check one out. His expectations did not disappoint. Looking through the lens just before dusk, he saw it—Saturn's rings. Because his wife was not home, and he couldn't wait to tell her, he sent her a text: "OMG. I can see Saturn's rings." Then, Allen proceeded to text his neighbors. Just like that, he had an impromptu gathering on his patio, with everyone exploring the sky together.

"I have a great view of the sky from my back deck, and thanks to the library's telescopes, I have seen the moon, the planets, and the stars all up close," said Allen. "It's an incredible tool. I can't wait to check one out again."

Thanks to that donation from the Foundation & Friends, we are able to give the gift of space exploration to the community through these portable telescopes. You, too, can check out one of six telescopes. Telescopes are an IPPL cardholder exclusive.

Help us continue to bring bonding and memories to the community, and make a gift to the IPPL Foundation & Friends.

Shop Prime Days to Benefit the Library

As you get ready to shop Amazon Prime Days on October 13 & 14, 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

Thank you to those who made donations to the Foundation & Friends recently, including . . . 

Anonymous, $5,000

In memory of Rob Vuillaume, Gift of Carl Foundation, Inc, $2,000

AIG – Company match, $1,000

In honor of Hugh Glenn's retirement, $170

Evalee and Stephen Dumas, $100

Steven Szafranski, $100

In memory of Helene Cox
  • John Hempill, $250
  • Barbara Hempill, $250
  • Ken & Sara Heike and Elizabeth & Phil Callahan, $150
  • Karen Blackful, $100
  • Rod & Deb Feak, $100
  • Roberta & Clayton Klein, $100

3D Printing for AMITA Heath
  • Peter Makris, $10
  • S. Eisenberg, $50
  • M. Irene Spaletto, $25
  • Dorian Gray, $50
  • Sarah Carson, $25
  • Stacy Palmisano, $50
  • Helen Galan, $50
  • Pamela Hines, $20
  • Deborah S. Hogan, $50

IPPL Helps Medical Community

Health care professionals asked for help in securing personal protective equipment (PPE) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We answered.

Our team used the library's 3D printer to create Prusa face mask headbands and chin straps for AMITA Health Medical Centers. We worked with Dr. Bonny Chen to determine which hospital-approved design would be of the best help to them. We ran the printer around the clock to create 244 headbands and 186 chin straps that helped make the masks they needed.

"Thank you so much for everything you have done for us; it is truly life-saving!," said Dr. Chen. The library's 3D printer was donated by the IPPL Foundation & Friends. If you would like to help us cover the cost of materials, donate here.

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.

Anonymous, $2,500
Anonymous Trustee, $1,000
Anonymous, $500
Karen Nelson, $500

Caryl Schaer, $250
In memory of JoAnne Dibbern

Darien Woman's Club, $200
Donna Gabanski, $200
In honor of Darien Woman's Club 50th Anniversary, $150

Laura McInerney, $150
In memory of Albina O'Kelly

Kirk Ores, $150
Anthony Pagliaro, $150

Tamarack Bunco Gals, $120
In memory of Nancy Clinite

Eileen Hands, $100
Raymond Jablonski, $100
Nancy Martin, $100
Crystal Megaridis, $100
Beverly Moor, $100
William and Dorothea Navin, $100
Praxair Matching Gifts Program, $100
Sally Smoczynski, $100

Friday Canasta Club, $75
In memory of Jean Gorski

Arlene Bohr, $75
Book Club Artists, $60
Vicki Brodeur, $50
Arlene Brescia, $25
Helen Galan, $25
Winnie Sanders, $20
Sharon Wozney, $20

Jim, Cassie, Jimmy, & Charlie Peck, $10
In memory of Romualda "Bebe" Kistinger

Gina Venable, $10 

Give to our Donor Tree

Our donor drive 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

Thank you, donors!

From creating innovative programs for children to bringing reading materials to the homebound, we are everyone's library. We have programming that keeps teenagers engaged and resources that help everyone from the small business owner to those who want to research their family genealogy. Your donation makes it possible for us to be a vital part of our community. Thank you to those who recently supported the library including . . .

Linda Roberts
A Great Courses Audiobook in loving memory of Fred Sauers
Woman's Society of First Congregational Church of Western Springs, $389.79
JoAnn, Jim, Jr., & Jeffrey Fiolka, $250
In memory of Jenny
Anne Kuldanek, $150
In memory of Marge & Dick Bode
Kathy Weidner, $150
In memory of Helen Rose Buck
The Vuillaume Family
Books in memory of Carl & Rob Vuillaume
John Formento, $100
Hinsbrook Book Club, $85
In memory of Betty Stock
Gail & Dana Lawrence, $75
In memory of Beatrix Lawrence
Mila Kai and Saige Hali, $50
In memory of Helen B. Ditchfield, "Grandma Ditch"
Elizabeth Lawrence, $50
In memory of Beatrix Lawrence
Patty Sommers, $50
Laura Wozny, $25
CJ Tracy, $25

Your gift benefits thousands . . .

  • 369,954 people visited the Indian Prairie Public Library.
  • 671,280 materials were checked out.
  • The library team answered 80,697 of reference questions.
  • Our community logged 45,783 hours of computer use.
  • We delivered 1,592 items to homebound residents who couldn't visit us in person.
  • Nearly 30,000 adults, kids, and teens enjoyed 1,055 library programs to learn something new.

None of this would be possible without you.

Help us to reach even more of your friends and neighbors by donating to the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends. Any gift can be directed for a special purpose like helping the library purchase new books, new technology, or fund children's programs.

Facebook Matches up to $7 Million Dollars

Your dollar goes further on Giving Tuesday if you set up a fundraiser via Facebook.  They also are covering processing fees so that when you donate using Facebook's payments platform to a nonprofit organization, 100% of your donation goes to support the Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends. Thank you in advance for supporting us! 

Make a Gift on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday- a day to celebrate the causes and the missions that mean the most to us- deserves more than one day.

There's a lot that goes into helping kids in our community be their best. This includes hands-on programs, partnering with the community schools, developing learning materials, and providing their favorite books. The Indian Prairie Public Library a place for everyone in the community to explore, connect, and be inspired.

Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPE4cHzdJEc