Friends of the Library

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Volunteer Opportunities

Become a Volunteer

Want to help out the Friends?  We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to meet just about any level of involvement.

Book Sales Volunteers

The Friends need volunteers to perform a variety of roles during our book sales.  Book sale shifts generally last around 2 ½-3 hours.  We also need help setting up on Thursday night before the sale and taking down on Sunday after the sale closes.  Thursday night set up generally takes about 2 hours, and post-sale take down takes about 1 hour.  (We’re done when the library closes at 5pm.)

Thursday Night Set Up Crew

Publicity Volunteers

The Friends also need volunteers to help get window flyers up at locations around town.  Flyer distribution generally takes about 1 hour.

Want to help out the friends but have no spare time? 

How about putting one of our stylish yard signs in your front lawn to let your neighbors know about the upcoming sale?  This type of advertising is super easy for you and invaluable to the Friends.

18″ x 24″ Yard Sign

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


Become a Member

Becoming a member is a great way to support the Friends.

Membership benefits include:

  • Admission to our Friday Night Preview Nights before our quarterly book sales and to Members Only events.
  • Our Quarterly Newsletter which provides you with the latest information about the Friends including information on large collections that we’ve received for our upcoming sale, a spotlight on one or more of our volunteers, financial results from our previous sale, and other fun information. See links at the bottom of the page for recent copies.
  • Eligibility for the Friends’ book finder service. If you’re looking for a particular book or author, let us know and we’ll do our best to put it aside for you.
  • The best part of belonging to the Friends of the Mount Prospect Public Library is the feeling that you get from joining an organization that supports one of our village’s greatest resources.  Having a healthy,dynamic library, where residents regularly utilize the facilities and come together to enjoy cultural, educational, and fun activities, is a reflection of a prosperous, vibrant community.


Donate Materials

Book sale revenues make up approximately 90% of our total annual income, and our book sales wouldn’t happen without the generous donations we receive throughout the year.

Items we accept:

  • Books
  • Audio books
  • On Tape – Fiction only
  • On CD – Everything
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Blu-Rays
  • Vinyl Records
  • Sheet Music
  • Puzzles
  • Maps
  • Games
  • Small Toys

Items we regretfully cannot accept:

  • 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
  • Encyclopedias
  • VHS Tapes
  • Cassette Tapes

Topics/Materials currently in demand:

  • Military and History books
  • Children’s books
  • Vinyl Records
  • Sheet Music
  • Automotive repair books
  • Textbooks
  • Any of the “dummies” books
  • Audio books on CD

Donations are accepted any time the library is open.  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.

All donations to the Friends are tax deductible.  Donation receipts are available to the left of the Friends Room door in the basement or at the Registration desk on the 1st floor.



Choose the Friends when shopping on

Do you shop on Amazon?  If so, there’s a really easy way you can have Amazon donate 0.5% of the purchase price on eligible items to the Friends at no extra cost to you.  It’s called AmazonSmile.

To participate, visit AmazonSmile and select the Friends of the Mount Prospect Public Library as your charitable organization, then just continue shopping, keeping an eye out for products marked “eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.  All Amazon Prime benefits automatically transfer over to AmazonSmile, so make sure you shop through AmazonSmile every time you use Amazon!


Book Sale Dates



Type Day Date Time
Members Only Night Friday April 20, 2018 6:30-9:30 p.m.
General Public Saturday April 21, 2018 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
General Public Sunday April 22, 2018 Noon-4 p.m.
Members Only Night Friday July 20, 2018 6:30-9:30 p.m.
General Public Saturday July 21, 2018 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
General Public Sunday July 22, 2018 Noon-4 p.m.
Members Only Night Friday October 19, 2018 6:30-9:30 p.m.
General Public Saturday October 20, 2018 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
General Public Sunday October 21, 2018 Noon-4 p.m.
Holiday/Gift Book Sale Saturday December 8, 2018 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Book Trolley

Can’t wait until our next sale?  The Friends offer books for sale on an ongoing basis through our book cart trolleys.  The adult trolley is located on the 2nd floor next to Elevator A, and our children’s trolley is located on the 1st floor near the Youth Services desk.  The books are individually price and you make a purchase by putting your payment in the lockbox on the trolley.  The trolleys are restocked on a regular basis so be sure to take a peek every time you visit the library.

Adult Trolley 2nd Floor Elevator

Children’s Trolley 1st Floor Youth Services Desk


Book Sales

Quarterly Book Sale

The Friends conduct a quarterly book sale fundraiser on the 2nd or 3rd weekend of January, April, July and October. Click here for our Book Schedule. We have a wide selection of adult and children’s books, so it’s a great opportunity to support the library while stocking up on your favorite authors.

Don’t like to read? That’s okay. We also have a large assortment of CDs, DVDs, sheet music, maps, puzzles, games and more.

We have books for sale in three rooms at the quarterly sale:

Meeting Room A contains our individually priced better books, DVDs, CDs and records.

Better Books Room: Meeting Room A

Meeting room B is our 25¢ room, where all items are 25¢ or less.

The Bargain Room: Meeting Room B

The Friends Room (located downstairs) has hard covers, paperbacks, maps, puzzles, sheet music and more.  Most items are between 25¢ and $1.

The Friends Room: Lower Level

Special Sales

In addition to the quarterly sales, the Friends also conduct a special Cookbook sale in February and a special Holiday/Gift book sale in December.  We also conduct a special Military sale whenever we receive enough donations to warrant having a sale.  The special sales are held on Saturday between 10am and 2pm in meeting room B.


Contact Us

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Our Board

Friends of the Library Board:

  • President – Pat Klawitter
  • 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
  • Joanne Greenwald