Friends of the Library

The Friends of The Mount Prospect Public Library Logo

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





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.
Members Only Night Friday October 14, 2016 6:30-9:30 p.m.
General Public Saturday  October 15, 2016 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
 General Public Sunday  October 16, 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

  • President – Pat KlawitterFriendsBoardJuly2015e
  • Vice President – Elizabeth Hicks
  • Treasurer – Judy Roraff
  • Secretary – Laura Luteri
  • At Large Members:
    • Dianne Langley
    • Melanie Miller
    • Sue Wolf
  • Staff liaisons: Marilyn Genther and Frank Corry

Friends of the MPPL Book Sale Cart

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Second Floor Book Sale Cart

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Youth Services Book Sale Cart

The Friends has two book sale carts stocked with used books available for purchase throughout the year.  The upstairs book sale cart is located next to the elevator.  It contains adult, teen and children’s books.  The first floor book sale cart is located in the Children’s area in front of the information desk.  Both contain gently used individually priced books.  Payment is made to the cash box on the cart.  Pick up a good book for yourself or to give as a gift!

Membership Benefits

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!

Membership Sign up

Annual Memberships

Good Friend
Life Member
$ 5
$ 10
$ 25

For further information please call 847/253-5675.


The Library accepts monetary donations. For more information on donating to the Library, contact the Administration Department at 847/253-5675.

Donations of used books, audio books, CDs, and DVDs, and videos are accepted 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.

Items currently in demand:

  • Children’s books
  • Engineering books
  • Automotive repair books
  • Mathematics books
  • Any of the “dummies” books
  • Computer books relating to Microsoft Office suite of programs
  • Audio books, 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

Sale Prices:

  • hardcover books: $1
  • paperback books: 50¢
  • records: 50¢
  • audio cassettes: 50¢
  • children’s hardcover books: $1
  • children’s paperback books: 50¢

Better books are individually priced.

Life Members

  • Michael & Beverly Addona
  • Dave & Barbara Beery
  • Chuck & Judy Bennett
  • Frederick Brill
  • Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Brod
  • Leo & Barbara Burns Family
  • Mr. & Mrs. George Busse
  • George Busse & Co.
  • Jo Clark
  • Joyce Corkill
  • Frank & Nancy Corry
  • Patti & John De Grasse
  • Jeff Bruner and Dale Draznin
  • Thomas J. Dunn
  • Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Faber
  • Thomas  Fitzpatrick
  • Sylvia & Tim Fulk
  • Mr. & Mrs. Paul Garvin
  • Ved & Bea Goel
  • Edward & Lou Ann Graham
  • Barbara & Winfield Green
  • Joan & Bill Haase
  • Roy & Dorothy Halvorsen
  • Dolores Haugh
  • Peter & Elizabeth Hicks
  • Alyce Hilden
  • Paul & Linda Hoefert Family
  • Stephen & Laura Hoepfner
  • Mary Jo Hutchings
  • Marie Jeuck
  • Alan & Jay Johnson
  • Tom & J.P. Karlov
  • Claudine R. Kastner
  • Joe & Pat Klawitter
  • Mary T. Maslanka
  • Leslie & Kathy Miller
  • Kathleen Montalbano
  • Mikel & Gail Moses
  • Information Desk MPPL
  • Mount Prospect National Bank
  • Mary A. Novak
  • Robert Nowak
  • Joe O’Brien
  • James Osiol
  • Barbara J. Pawelko
  • Barbara Persenaire
  • Dorthy Perz
  • Jon M. Peterson
  • Shiela Pientka Family
  • Jack Poling
  • Judy Roraff
  • Richard & Nancy Ruffolo
  • Justin Sager
  • Chris Schmitt
  • Burton & Barbara Schultz
  • Phillip D. Short
  • Ruth Shubeck
  • Sam & Acrivie Skobel
  • Mary & Bill Starr
  • Bill Stasek Chevrolet
  • Jane Stavoe
  • John & Gail Steffen
  • Ralph & June Steger
  • Mr. R. Steinbart
  • Mrs. Joseph Steininger
  • Bobbie Gordon & Robin Stern
  • Robert Teichert
  • David & Rachel Toeppen
  • Alice & Thomas Tucker
  • Sam Vaccarello
  • Mr. & Mrs. Wartan
  • Barbara Watson
  • Harold Weary
  • James & Lynn Welch
  • Dr. & Mrs. Henry Wildberger
  • Alan & Irvana Wilks
  • Charles & Mildred Yopst
  • Michael E. Zielinski
  • Beth & Lee Zimmerman

Good Friends

  • Mrs. Ange Alonge
  • Dr. and Mrs. Gerardo Amargos
  • JoAnn Arnswald
  • James & Barbara Dolan
  • Mary Jane Franz
  • Howard & Patricia Gould
  • Jackie Hinaber
  • Ron & Annie Hogdahl
  • The Jewell Kern Family
  • Peter Koch
  • Ronald and Janice Koontz
  • Larry, Melanie & Josh Krupp
  • Catherine C. Loeb
  • Karen Lundin
  • The Luteri Family
  • Mary Mack
  • Mrs. Zoe Mather
  • Janis O’Keefe
  • Mrs. Lorraine Ormerod
  • Virginia Pope
  • Dennis Saviano, CPA, P.C.
  • Mr. David Schein Family
  • Gary C. & Judith M. Schreiber
  • Tara & Gary Schulz
  • Ernest & Michaele Skowron
  • John & Teresa Stromayer
  • Doris E. Van Meter
  • Lorraine “Lee” Young