The Friends of the Mount Prospect Public Library is a growing group that actively supports the central informational and cultural resource in our community – the Library.
The purpose of the Friends is:
- to serve as community advocates for Library services, programs, facilities and needs
- to give monetary support to the Library through fundraising activities
- to encourage and promote donations to the Library
- to provide cultural, social and educational opportunities for people interested in books and libraries
Book Sale Schedule
|Members Only Night||Friday||October 16||6:30-9:30 p.m.|
|General Public||Saturday||October 17||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
|General Public||Sunday||October 18||Noon-4 p.m.|
|Kids & Holiday||Saturday||December 12||10 a.m.-2 p.m.|
|Members Only Night||Friday||January 15, 2016||6:30-9:30 p.m.|
|General Public||Saturday||January 16, 2016||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
|General Public||Sunday||January 17, 2016||Noon-4 p.m.|
|Cookbooks Only||Saturday||February 6, 2016||10 a.m.-2 p.m.|
|Members Only Night||Friday||April 15, 2016||6:30-9:30 p.m.|
|General Public||Saturday||April 16, 2016||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
|General Public||Sunday||April 17, 2016||Noon-4 p.m.|
|South Branch Sale||Saturday||May 14, 2016||11 a.m.-2 p.m.|
|Members Only Night||Friday||July 15, 2016||6:30-9:30 p.m.|
|General Public||Saturday||July 16, 2016||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
|General Public||Sunday||July 17, 2016||Noon-4 p.m.|
What the Friends Provides
In 2013, the Friends raised approximately $35,700 from the sale of used books and other donated items. We gave the Library over $24,700 in gifts and support for numerous programs. These included:
- All Adult and Youth Reading Programs
- The Baby Talk Program
- Film and book discussions
- The annual Teddy Bear Walk
- Adult Craft Programs
- South Branch Programming
- Youth Authors Special Programming
- National Library Week
- Money Smart Week
- Senior Session: Still Acting Up
Since 1982 the Friends has raised more than $600,000 for gifts to the Library. The Friends fundraising provides the Library with equipment, programs, services and other materials that it might not be able to buy otherwise.
Board of Directors
Friends of the MPPL Book Trolley Information
The Friends has two book trolleys that are stocked with used books available for purchase throughout the year. The upstairs book trolley is located next to the elevator. It contains adult, teen and children’s books. The first floor trolley is located in the Children’s area in front of the information desk. Both trolleys contain gently used individually priced books. Payment is made to the cash box on the trolley. Pick up a good book for yourself or to give as a gift!
As a member of the Friends you will receive:
- Quarterly newsletter
- Admission to Preview Nights before public book sales and to Members Only events
- Discounts on Friends programs
The best part of belonging to the Friends of the Mount Prospect Public Library is meeting and working with people who share common interests. Membership in the Friends brings you a good feeling that comes from helping our Library and enjoying it!
For further information please call 847/253-5675.
Donations of used books, audio books, CDs, and DVDs, and videos are accepted throughout the year by the Friends. We currently are not accepting magazines. Items not added to the collection will be sold at a Friends of the Library Book Sale. One week prior to the book sale, volunteers stop shelving donations and begin to prepare for the upcoming sale. Donations are still accepted leading up to and during the book sale but will then be stored for the next event.
Small donations (one bag full) may be dropped off at the Registration or Circulation desks at the Library. Larger donations should be taken to the lower level of the parking garage. Please call ahead at 847/253-5675, and we will arrange for someone to meet you to help unload your donation.
The Library also accepts monetary donations. For more information on donating to the Library, contact the Administration Department at 847/253-5675.
Items currently in demand:
- children’s books
- engineering books
- automotive repair books
- mathematic books
- any of the “dummies” books
- computer books relating to Microsoft Office suite of programs
- Audiobooks, CD, or cassette (just about any subject)
Items we regretfully cannot accept:
- encyclopedias more than ten years old
- chewed up, damaged or wet books
- any tax books – the rules change so often that people won’t use even recent items
- Reader’s Digest Condensed Books more than ten years old
- hardcover books: $1
- paperback books: 50¢
- records: 50¢
- audiocassettes: 50¢
- children’s hardcover books: $1
- children’s paperback books: 50¢
Better books are individually priced. The Friends holds a 25 cents sale during each Book Sale.