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 Pizz

We Appreciate Our 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.

Anthony Gricus, $500
Karen Nelson, $500
Jane and Thomas Both, $200
Jackie Stried, $200
Goodshop Shoppers, $182.48
Anthony Pagliaro, $150
Natalie Williams, $150
Praxair, $125
Donna & Glenn Gabanski, $100
Eileen Hands, $100
Raymond Jablonski, $100
Crystal Megaridis, $100
Beverly Moor, $100
Dorothea & William Navin, $100
Sally Smoczynski, $100
Mary C. Wurzer, $100
Gift of Carl Foundation, Inc., $75.50
Brian Hotchkin, $75
Girish Sharma, $60
Darien Garden Club, $50
Nancy Martin, $50
Stephanie Creed, $40
Keith Bram, $25
Marcia Hadad, $25
Doreen & Stephan Thomas, $25
Jonathan Troc, $7

Thank You, Sponsors!

We can’t wait to play mini-golf in the library on March 9 from noon to 3 p.m. during our Putter Around the Library event. It’s family-friendly and only $5 a golfer. All proceeds benefit the library’s foundation.

We wouldn’t be able to have a “fun”-raiser without our “hole” sponsors.

Thank you to . . .

Carriage Greens Country Club
Darien Kiwanis Club
Darien Rotary Club
Darien Women’s Club
Countryside Bank
Burr Ridge Veterinary Clinic

If you have a business or belong to a community group, and you would like to become a sponsor, we have opportunities at all levels of giving. Contact Laura Birmingham, assistant library director, at 630/887-8010 or email laurab@ippl.info.

Shop at Whole Foods; Support the Library

Reusing your bags at Whole Foods Market means a donation to Indian Prairie Public Library.

Now through March 31, Whole Foods Market in Willowbrook has designated Indian Prairie Public Library as the recipient of a 10-cent donation for every reusable bag used during checkout.

Over the three-month fundraising period, those dimes can really add up.

Grab your shopping list, head to Whole Foods in Willowbrook, and take your bags. Tell them at the register you’d like to donate your bag refund to the library.

Thank you for supporting IPPL Foundation & Friends

Last year . . .

More than 400,000 of you visited the Indian Prairie Public Library.

You checked out 644,000 materials.
We answered 93,000 of your reference questions.
You logged over 40,000 hours of computer use.
We delivered 1,800 items to homebound residents who couldn’t visit us in person.
Nearly 30,000 enjoyed 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. Any gift can be directed for a special purpose like helping the library purchase new books, new technology, or fund children’s programs.
The Indian Prairie Public Library Foundation & Friends and Friends is a 501(c)3 corporation; your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
For more information about making a gift to the library, contact the library’s Administration Office at 630/887-0945 or make a donation online here.
First place winner, Ben Clark, and his artwork.

Once upon a Time: IPPL Art Contest

This summer, we held Indian Prairie Public Library’s first ever public art contest to celebrate our 30th anniversary. We asked local artists to explore how reading can introduce new ideas, information, and dreams through visual art.

Over 26 individual pieces were submitted, which a panel of judges then reviewed on the basis of artistic skill as well as how each artist interpreted the theme and incorporated it into their art. The chosen 17 finalists were then invited to display their work in the library’s upstairs gallery space throughout the month of August. At the end of the month, a reception was held, announcing the top three winners.

The IPPL Foundation & Friends generously provided funding for the prize money distributed to the first, second, and third place artists, as well as sponsored an Art 101 lecture presented by art historian Jeff Mishur.

ProQuest CultureGrams logo

Online Resources at Your Fingertips

The Indian Prairie Public Library has great online resources to help with research. Plus they are free—just sign in with your library card. The Foundation & Friends has donated funds for the following resources:

ProQuest CultureGrams

Looking for in-depth studies of countries and cultures? The library now offers an online resource called CultureGrams. This database is suitable for completing homework projects and research assignments, as well as for those traveling abroad. Learn about culture and greetings, as well as how to avoid offending locals.


A directory of more than 25 million US and Canadian businesses and 89 million residential phone numbers is available through ReferenceUSA. Search by industry or yellow page heading and limit by sales, business size, or geographical location. Explore consumer and lifestyle data or create marketing lists.

Art Contest Finalists on Display

More than 30 artists entered the library’s 30th Anniversary Art Contest and 17 finalists have been chosen. Their artwork is on display in the second floor art gallery, and the exhibit will run through the end of August.

Prizes for first, second, and third place will be awarded at a public reception on Sunday, Aug. 26, 3:30-4:30 p.m. The community is invited to attend, and refreshments will be served.

In addition, art historian Jeff Mishur will offer an introduction to art appreciation before the reception from 2 to 3 p.m. for those wanting to learn more about art. Register here.