Library Foundation


The Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation (MPPLF) inspires growth and learning that enriches the community through culture and education. As a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, separate from the Library, our primary purpose is to provide funding for special programs and projects otherwise unattainable with tax dollars.

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Highlights of Foundation Activities

7th Annual Fall Classic Raffle

Lobby BasketsThe best of autumn returns as the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation (MPPLF) kicks off its 7th annual Fall Classic Raffle beginning Monday, October 5 through Saturday, October 17. The event will feature specialty baskets, many filled with seasonal treats and gourmet items, including gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses.

Baskets will be on display in the Main Library lobby and the South Branch. Tickets are $1 each, six for $5, and twelve for $10. The drawing will be held in the Main Library lobby on Saturday, October 17.


Barbara Rinella as The Accidental Empress – Monday, October 5 at 1 p.m.

100515WEB_FAV_RinellaThe Foundation is celebrating their tenth year hosting Barbara Rinella for this annual fundraiser at 1 p.m. Monday, October 5.

Allison Pataki’s compelling novel The Accidental Empress focuses on an important segment of European history and allows powerful, beautiful Empress Elizabeth of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Hapsburgs to come to life! In 1853, the Emperor Franz Joseph chose beautiful, athletic Elizabeth, known as Sisi, over the bride selected for him, her sister Helene.

Barbara Rinella brings Sisi to life to tell her story of sibling rivalry, love, adoration, and the enormous challenges of power and history. Join us as we meet Sisi and hear her amazing story!

This performance is a fundraiser for the Foundation, which sponsors Library programming and special events. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in person at the Registration Desk by 5 p.m. Sunday, October 4. Payment must accompany registration. No tickets will be available at the door on the day of the performance.


Mini Golf 2016

mini golf logoJoin us again as we host an 18-hole miniature golf course FUNdraiser at the Library for a day of family fun. This unique adventure will have golfers of all ages putting throughout the Library, between the stacks, and down the stairs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 5. There will also be a 19th Hole entertainment area for players.

Proceeds raised from the event will help support the Foundation’s mission of funding special programs and projects for the Library. Click here for sponsorship opportunities.


AmazonSmile Fundraiser

amazon-smilesYou Shop. Amazon gives…to the MPPLF! If you shop on, please consider supporting the Foundation by shopping through AmazonSmile. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate .5% of the purchase price to the Foundation —at no extra cost to you.

To participate, visit AmazonSmile and select the Foundation for the Mount Prospect Public Library as your charitable organization, then just continue to shop, keeping an eye out for products marked “eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Make sure you shop through AmazonSmile every time you log on to keep contributing!

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Join us for a cup of coffee and a lively round of current events on Friday evenings throughout the year. Sponsored by MPPLF, these informal gatherings, known as Coffee & Conversation, provide an open, nonpartisan forum for community members to share their views. The discussions are moderated and strive to encourage a greater understanding of diverse viewpoints.  Upcoming Coffee & Conversation discussions will be held on  October 16 and November 20 beginning at 7:30 p.m. No registration is necessary; just drop in.


Organization Profile

Suzanne Busse, MPPLF President

“Our goal is clear – to continue to build a healthy Endowment Fund that will help our Library remain vital to the community today and well into the future.”
Suzanne Busse, MPPLF President

The Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit corporation organized and existing under the Illinois General Not-For-Profit Corporation Act exclusively for charitable, literary and educational purposes.  Contributions to the Foundation are deductible under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).

Board of Directors:

  • President — Suzanne Busse
  • Vice President — Burt Schultz
  • Secretary/Treasurer — Eileen Mantych
  • Members:
  • Jacqueline Hinaber
  • Lillian Gerlach
  • Daniel Konieczka
  • Amy Romanelli
  • Katy Rossi
  • Bill Walters

Music & So Much More

Thanks to your generous support the MPPL Foundation proudly sponsors a wide array of cultural and educational programs each year. Our free-of-charge programs reach children, teens, and adults and strive to entertain, educate, and enlighten. To enjoy a sampling of programs sponsored by the Foundation, follow the links below to Library Life.

Click here to view Young Yogis!
Click here to view In Praise of Gospel Music
Click here to view MPPL Foundation Presents: An Irish Concert
Click here to view Chinese Folk and Classical Dance

Going Green Helps Us Earn Green!

GEN_WEB_FDN_CellRecycleRecycle your used electronics!  It’s easy thanks to an ongoing program with Recycling Fundraiser and the MPPL Foundation.

Bring any of the following items to the Library and drop them in the bright pink collection bin near the Registration Desk:

  • Cell phones – no chargers or accessories
  • Ink-jet cartridges – small enough to fit in the palm of your hand (no toner)
  • Apple iPads and Tablets
  • Apple iPods

Since 2007, monies earned from Recycling Fundraiser have helped to support the Foundation in its ongoing mission of funding special events and other services at the Library.

Get Involved

Get InvolvedWant to make a difference in your community? Consider volunteering for the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation. Your support for MPPLF allows the Library to continue to provide exciting programs and services not possible through public funding. For more information about MPPLF or to request an application, please call the Library at 847/253-5675  or  click here to contact us.