Our reading garden, with engraved brick path.

Honorary and tribute gifts are a thoughtful way to pay tribute to someone you care about or express your sympathy. They are also a great way to give someone a personalized, one-of-a-kind gift. A personalized letter will be sent to the individual or family being honored, and your gift will be listed on the Foundation’s website and in the library’s newsletter. To make an honorary or tribute gift, call 630/887-8760 ext. 245 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

There are several ways to honor a special person or occasion, memorialize a loved one, recognize a business or organization, or have your name become a lasting part of the library:

  • Donations may be made in support of library collections with a special donation plaque affixed to each item in honor of the individual or family.

  • Purchase a personalized, engraved brick for the library's Reading Garden. With a gift of $75, you can personalize a 4" x 8" brick with three lines. A gift of $150 allows you to personalize an 8" x 8" brick with up to six lines. Duplicate bricks can be ordered as a keepsake for half-price.

  • Add a leaf or stone to the library’s Donor Tree. The tree of commemorative leaves and stones is located near the first floor lobby by the DVD and CD collections. A leaf on the tree can be purchased for $250. Stones at the base of the tree can also be purchased—a small stone is $1,500 and a large boulder is $5,000.