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

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