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.

Welcome to LittleTown™

The library recently unveiled LittleTown™, a space for children birth through kindergarten to explore and learn through sensory activity and imaginative play.

“Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills,” said Library Director Jamie Bukovac. “The activities help them put thoughts into words and talk about what they are doing.”

The space is designed to look like a neighborhood with six imaginative play centers: a kitchen, a closet, a shop, a construction site, a train station, and a park.

LittleTown™ was made possible by a generous donation from the Sadowski Family, in honor of Marie “Murray” Sadowski.

LittleTown Grand Opening July 28

Join us as we unveil LittleTown, the library’s new Family Center in the Kids & Teens department, on Saturday, July 28, at 10:30 a.m.

The event will feature a performance by the Animal Farm Band at 11 a.m., sponsored by the IPPL Foundation & Friends. Learn more about the event here.

LittleTown will look like a town or neighborhood with six imaginative play centers: a kitchen, a closet, a shop, a construction site, a train station, and a park. The space will allow children birth through kindergarten to explore and learn through sensory activity and imaginative play. The area will also include seating for adults and families.

The renovation is being made possible by a generous donation from the Sadowski Family, in honor of Marie “Murray” Sadowski.

Pet-palooza: IPPL’s 30th Birthday “Paw-ty” is July 21

Celebrate the dog days of summer – and the library’s 30th anniversary – at Pet-palooza! The library’s birthday “paw-ty” promises fun for all ages. Get the full schedule of activities at

Following Pet-palooza, there will be a free all-ages outdoor concert performed by Darien native Andrew Salgado, a country singer and songwriter now working in Nashville. Bring your blankets, chairs, and coolers and join us from 3:30-5 p.m.

Summer Challenges: Fun for All Ages

This summer, the library is once again providing summer challenges for school-age kids and teens to prevent the “summer slide,” the loss of academic skills and knowledge that takes place over the summer. But the library has fun summer challenges for adults and pre-K kids, too!

This year’s activities include a Summer Math Challenge, Coding Camp, Robotics Camp, Science Lab, Garden Lab in the Prairie Patch, Kindergarten Bootcamp, plus a variety of events for the whole family.

The library’s Summer Challenges are supported by the IPPL Foundation & Friends.

Would you like to support summer learning activities at the library? Click here to donate today!