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.

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.

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.


Highlights of Foundation Activities

A “Hole” Lot of Fun at Mini Golf

The Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation’s Mini Golf Fundraiser was once again a great success! The event was held on Saturday, March 5 and welcomed over 300 golfers of all ages putting their way through the Library. Each of the 18 holes was sponsored by local businesses and organizations, decorated with unique themes and challenging obstacles. Always a course favorite was the hole on the stairs which gave many golfers the opportunity to get their first hole-in-one.  Afterward, players enjoyed activities and entertainment in the 19th Hole.

Special thanks to all the event sponsors and volunteers who helped make it a great day at the Library:

Anderson Tax & Accounting, B & E Accounting, Braband Insurance, Busse Automotive, Edward Jones, Friends of the Mount Prospect Public Library, Friedrichs Funeral Home,  Lattof YMCA, Mount Prospect Child Care Center, Mount Prospect Historical Society, Mount Prospect Junior Women’s Club, Mount Prospect Lions Club, Mount Prospect/Prospect Heights Rotary Club, Mount Prospect State Bank, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Novak & Parker, ReMax Suburban, Picket Fence Realty, Smart Roofing, St. Mark Preschool & Enrichment Center, St. Paul Lutheran School, State Farm, and Village Bank & Trust.

Funds raised at the event help the Foundation sponsor programs and projects at the Library that would be otherwise unattainable with tax dollars.

Check out the slideshow below and check out the fun!

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!

Winners Announced in the Unbelievable Chocolate Raffle

ChocolateStrawberryThe 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 Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation, the raffle began on Saturday, January 30 and concluded with the drawing in the lobby of the Library on Saturday, February 13. The baskets were all chocolate-themed and included a bounty of delicious treats along with gift certificates to area businesses and restaurants.

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

The winners in the Unbelievable Chocolate Raffle are:

  • Guilt-free Riches– Karen A., Mount Prospect
  • Cupid’s Delight- Marlene B., Mount Prospect
  • City Center Chocolate – Barbara W., Mount Prospect
  • Chocolate Symphony – Ned W., Mount Prospect
  • Island Escape – Marina R., Mount Prospect
  • Much Ado About Chocolate – Diego A., Mount Prospect
  • Lil’ CupcakeOlga T., Mount Prospect
  • Lights, Camera, Chocolate! – Tom M., Mount Prospect
  • Chocolate, Coffee & Conversation – Paula Z.L., Mount Prospect
  • Homerun Chocolate – Tokiwa N., Mount Prospect
  • Birdie, Bogey, Chocolate – Nancy P., Mount Prospect
  • TJ’s Chocolate Treasurers – Ewa N., Mount Prospect
  • Amore/South Branch – Victoria B., Mount Prospect

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  April 15 and May 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.