Friends of the Library

Supporting the Des Plaines Public Library for nearly 70 years!

Founded in 1954, Des Plaines Friends of the Library is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that raises funds to provide gifts (programs, materials, equipment, and artwork) for the library. The Friends sponsor three yearly used book sales and maintain an ongoing bookshelf located on the first floor, offering used books, movies, and magazines for sale throughout the year.

Friends' book sales

Do you love quality used books at great prices? Then you'll love the Friends' book sales!

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Being a Friend

It's easy to be a member of the Friends. Complete a membership application and return it to the library. Once you're a member, you'll pay annual dues:

  • $5 per year for an individual
  • $10 per year for a family

Good Friend ($25 – $99 donation) or Benefactor ($100+) memberships are available too!

As a Friend, you'll assist with various library programs, help organize and run the Friend’s three annual book sales and maintain the ongoing book sale shelf. Friends members have access to the book sales prior to the public, an added benefit.

Friends Monthly "Roundtable" Meetings

The Friends meet the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room on the second floor. There is no meeting in July and December. The general/annual meeting is in May and is held in a first floor meeting room. Contact the Friends at 847-376-2922 for more information

2016/17 OFFICERS

  • 2015/16 officers John Jasionowski, Alice Chrostowski, Debra Sus and Karen Wierer.

    President: John Jasionowski
  • Secretary: Karen Wierer
  • Treasurer: Debra Sus
  • Book Sale: Ralph & Mary Minnis
  • Ongoing Bookshelf: Sue D’Hondt, Jan Geist & others

What the Friends support

All during the year, the funds raised by the Friends via book sales and dues support a wide range of library programs designed to appeal to diverse communities in Des Plaines. Toddlers, grade-schoolers, teens, adults and people with special needs benefit from these activities that are made possible by the Friends’ book sales. Friends-supported activities include:

Adult Programs

Friends-sponsored activities for adults include Friday evening and Sunday afternoon movies, Wii games, art slide lectures, and live performances. Friends also provide funds for adult reading program prizes.

Family Programs

Programs for the whole family including Friends Family Sundays and special musical and educations programs.

Kids' Programs

Friends sponsor events at the library for kids of all ages including live musical and theatrical performances.  Friends also sponsors kids’ summer reading program events and prizes. In 2017, more than 2,500 children participated in this Friends supported program.

Teen Programs

For teens, the Friends financially supports the annual Battle of the Bands, as well as seasonal reading clubs and other programs and events. The 2017 Battle of the Bands winner went on to compete and win at the state level!

Literary Review Book Club

Sign up now to participate in the Friends-sponsored Literary Review Book Club. A limited number of memberships are available for the 2017-2018 series of luncheons/reviews. For more information please call Judy at 847-749-0075. Learn more