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MPPL 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.

Donate to the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation

Giving to Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation has never been easier! Click on the Donate button to support MPPLF with a credit card donation.

Highlights of Foundation Activities

Super Saturday!: SamaSama Project

05_10WEB_YS_SS_SamaSamaExplore the rich culture of the Philippines with the energetic SamaSama Project. This internationally known performing arts troupe will perform Filipino folk music and have an interactive demonstration of traditional Filipino instruments, including the unique kulintang at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10. See the performers’ costumes that represent many of the Philippine islands, and get ready to move to this one-of-a-kind music! This lively family concert is sponsored by the Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation in honor of  Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Click here to register all attendees, including adults and children.

MPPL Foundation Concert: Encore! Sings Songs “Coast to Coast”

05_28WEB_CS_EncoreCoastThe perennially popular Encore! Singers return to perform songs from great American songwriters and artists at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 28.  Get ready for American favorites such as “You Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “Sunny,” “Great Balls of Fire,” and “What the World Needs Now Is Love.”  There’s also an Irving Berlin medley, a Broadway medley, and an American patriotic tribute. Click here to register.

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.  The next Coffee & Conversation will be held on Friday, April 25 and May 16 beginning at 7:30 p.m. No registration is necessary; just drop in.

Winners Announced in the Unbelievable Chocolate Raffle

Raffle Drawing 2014 008The Unbelievable Chocolate Raffle ended on a sweet note for thirteen area residents who won specialty baskets and items featured in the annual event. Sponsored by the MPPL Foundation, the event began on Wednesday, January 29 and concluded with the drawing in the lobby of the Library on Thursday, February 13.

The baskets were all chocolate-themed and included a bounty of delicious treats along with gift certificates to area businesses and restaurants. Pictured here is a young visitor to the Library assisting Library staff and Foundation members with the drawing.

The winners in the Unbelievable Chocolate Raffle are:

  • Chocolate Carnival – Laura Lockwood, Mount Prospect
  • Lights, Camera, Chocolate!- Eleanor Slesicki, Mount Prospect
  • Dark, Decadent and Devine – Colleen Hatch, Des Plaines
  • Special Occasion – Mary Lange, Mount Prospect
  • No Sugar Added! – Judy Clutters, Mount Prospect
  • Sweet Dreams… - Chuck Casselo Jr., Mount Prospect
  • TJ’s Temptations – Shane Mitan, Arlington Heights
  • Fountain of Youth – Ashley Wenson, Mount Prospect
  • Breakfast Bounty! – Sann Knipple, Mount Prospect
  • Homerun Chocolate – Ben Schenkenfelder, Mount Prospect
  • Toffee Break – Robert Reiser, Des Plaines
  • Laughter (and Chocolate) is the Best Medicine  – Burt Schultz, Mount Prospect
  • Amore/South Branch - Julie Kane, Elk Grove Village

Thank you to all the organizations, businesses, volunteers and individuals who generously supported the event, and congratulations to all the winners!

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!

Recycle 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.

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).

2013-2014 Board of Directors:

  • President — Suzanne Busse
  • Vice President — Burt Schultz
  • Secretary/Treasurer — Lillian Gerlach
  • Members:
    • Rose Allen
    • Jacqueline Hinaber
    • Laura Luteri
    • Katy Rossi
    • Bill Walters

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, please call the Library at 847/253-5675  or  click here to contact us.