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A monetary gift for the Library's collections may be given for acquiring resources recommended by library staff or for the purchase of specific items suggested by the donor. The Library encourages gifts not earmarked for specific items in order to permit the most flexible use of the donation for the enrichment of the collection.
Resources purchased with the gift funds are subject to the following limitations:
- The Library retains unconditional ownership of the resource.
- The Library makes the final decision on its own use or other disposition of the gift.
- The Library reserves the right to decide the conditions of display, housing, and access to resources.
- No resources will be sequestered or assigned to separate "special" collections except for administrative purposes.
The Park Forest Public Library's principal source of income is property taxes paid by residents and businesses in Park Forest and Olympia Fields. We also receive support from grants and community fundraising efforts such as the book sales conducted by the wonderful Friends of the Park Forest Library, selling thousands of books donated by generous library patrons. In the past decade, the Library has been actively seeking additional support as the demand for and cost of library technology, books, and services escalate.
Book donations to the library can be dropped off in the Book Drop attached to the building near the staff parking lot. Please do not drop off library materials in this book drop. There is a separate book drop for library materials in the main parking lot.
The Park Forest Public Library’s Honor With Books program offers a truly distinctive way to pay tribute to someone you love - a family member, colleague, or friend - on the occasion of a birthday or anniversary or as a memorial. Donations enable the Library to purchase special books and items that will provide hours of enrichment and enjoyment for everyone in our community.
A distinctive bookplate commemorating the individual, group, or occasion you have chosen to honor will be placed in each item purchased. We will send a card acknowledging your gift. If you would like to honor someone through this program, please print out the Honor With Books Donor Form and mail it along with your check to the Park Forest Public Library.
The Friends of the Park Forest Public Library contribute to the Library’s programs, services and materials through membership and community events. In recent years, the Friends have funded programs, special projects, and new technologies. Support from the Friends has provided annual giveaway books for children, sponsorship for the Potpourri Lecture Series, staff recognition, and new display shelving. We invite you to join the Friends of the Library by filling out the application. Individual memberships are $10, family memberships are $15, and senior or student memberships are $5. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to contact Friends of the Library.
Friends of the Library Book Club
The Friends of the Library Book Club meets at 12:00 pm on the third Monday of each month (excluding December). The Friends of the Library Book Club is hosted by the Friends of the Library. A patron does not have to be a member of the Friends of the Library to attend the book club.
The book for the upcoming month will be available for checkout at the Patron Services desk.
October 22nd - Crane Pond by Robert Francis
November 26th - Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
January 28th - The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore
February 25th - Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair that Shaped a First Lady by Susan Quinn
March 25th - The Plague of Doves by Louise Eldrich
April 22nd - Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
May 20th - The Woman in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
It is the goal of the Park Forest Public Library Endowment Fund, through the caring and generosity of private donors, to establish and maintain a stable, long-range financial support mechanism for the library. Donations, which may consist of money or other assets, are tax deductible and 100% goes to support the library.
Donations of any amount will assist the Endowment Fund. Donors of $100 or more, or their chosen honorees, will be recognized on a permanently inscribed honor roll prominently displayed in the library. Special endowments can be created in the name of a particular person; such a fund may be established to honor your nominee with any amount above $500. Please contact the Administrative Librarian for further information regarding endowments. Every year the interest from this fund is used to purchase books, CDs, etc.; the principal remains untouched, guaranteeing the perpetuity of the fund. A contribution to the Endowment Fund, whether as a memorial, tribute, or celebration, is a gift that keeps on giving: truly, a gift to the future.
There are many ways in which contributors may choose to give:
- Real or personal property
- Stocks or bonds
- Matching gifts from corporations
- Capital gains
- Bequests in wills
- Charitable trusts and estates
- Insurance policies or dividends
For further information about creating a special endowment or arranging a non-cash donation, please contact the Administrative Librarian at (708) 748-3731 or by e-mail at Barbara.Osuch@PFPL.org. To contribute to the Endowment Fund by check, please print out the Endowment Fund Donation Form and mail it along with your check to the Park Forest Public Library. Thank you!