Friends of the Library

The Friends of The Mount Prospect Public Library Logo

The Mission of the Friends is to:

  • Enhance the library experience by financially supporting the Mount Prospect Public Library initiatives and programs
  • Promote community spirit by building a fun and dedicated volunteer group and membership
  • Improve literacy within the community and the underserved

Please click here to volunteer with the Friends of the Mount Prospect Public Library

Support the Friends of the Mount Prospect Public Library

There are four ways that you can support the Friends:

Donate Money

Become a Friends Member

Donate books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, and sheet music

Donate your time as a Friends volunteer

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

Book Sale Schedule





Music Sale Saturday September 16, 2017 10 a.m.-2p.m.
Members Only Night Friday October 20, 2017 6:30-9:30 p.m.
General Public Saturday October 21, 2017 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
General Public Sunday October 22, 2017 Noon-4 p.m.
Kids & Holiday Sale Saturday December 9, 2017 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Members Only Night Friday January 19, 2018 6:30-9:30 p.m.
General Public Saturday January 20, 2018 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
General Public Sunday January 21, 2018 Noon-4 p.m.


What the Friends Provides

In 2016, the Friends gave the Library over $42,000 in gifts and support for numerous programs. These included:

  • Adult, Teen, and Youth Reading Programs
  • Film and Book Discussions
  • The annual Teddy Bear Walk
  • Adult and Teen Craft Programs
  • South Branch Programming
  • Youth Special Programming
  • Teen Programs
  • National Library Week
  • Tally Fisher Public Art Sculpture

Since 1982 the Friends has raised more than $700,000 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
  • Assistant Treasurer – Mike Addona
  • Secretary – Laura Luteri
  • At Large Members:
    • Eric Bertolozzi
    • Dianne Langley
    • Tonia Romanelli
    • Sue Wolf
  • Staff liaisons: Marilyn Genther and Joanne Greenwald

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!

Become a Member

Please become a member of the Friends of the Mount Prospect Public Library. As a member of the Friends you will receive:

  • Quarterly Newsletter provides you with information about any key collections to be focused at an upcoming sale, highlights on our volunteers, financial updates on our prior sales or just fun information shared. See links at the bottom of the page for recent copies.
  • Admission to our Friday Night Preview Nights before public book sales and to Members Only events.

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.

Annual Memberships

Good Friend
Life Member
$ 5
$ 10
$ 25

For further information please call 847/253-5675.

Donations of Books, Audio Books, CDs, DVDs, Vinyl Records, and Sheet Music

We love, love, love, and need your donations of books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records. Please keep your donations coming; the income they generate in our book sales make up 90% of our total annual income.

Your donations are accepted any time; 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 and placed outside the Friends’ doors next to the elevator. If you need help with a large donation, please call ahead at 847/253-5675, and we will arrange for someone to meet you in the lower level to help unload your donation.

Your donated books will either be added to the Library’s collection, or sold during a Friends of the Library Book Sale:

  • Our Book Sales have 3 rooms:
    • Better Book Room: each book is individually priced
    • Friends Room: prices range from 25¢ to $2
    • 25¢ Room: everything is priced at 25¢

Items currently in demand:

      • Children’s books
      • Military and History books
      • Automotive repair books
      • Mathematics books
      • Any of the “dummies” books
      • Sheet Music
      • Computer books relating to Microsoft Office suite of programs (2007 and newer)
      • Audio books on CD (just about any subject)

Items we regretfully cannot accept:

      • Encyclopedias
      • Chewed up, damaged or wet books
      • Tax books (the rules change so often that people won’t use even recent items)
      • Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
      • Magazines
      • Software
      • VHS Tapes
      • Cassette Tapes

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