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Mount Prospect Public Library Responds to Death of Former Trustee Hinaber

Jackie HinaberMount Prospect Public Library (MPPL) is saddened to announce the death of former Board Trustee Jackie Hinaber on Thursday, May 28. She was 78 years old. 

MPPL extends its deepest condolences to Hinaber’s family and friends. 

Hinaber was a beloved, long-time steward of the library and Mount Prospect community, and she served as a board trustee for 25 years. Hinaber was first elected to the Board in 1987 and served until 2011. She held all officer roles during her tenure, and was awarded Trustee of the Year in 2011 by the Illinois Library Association. She also served on the Board of North Suburban Library System (since renamed Reaching Across Illinois Library System) for six years, holding the office of president for two years. 

“Jackie was a devoted member of our library community and stood as the example of public service,” said Executive Director Su Reynders. “She was a dear friend to many at the library and our hearts extend to her family during this time.” 

A fierce advocate for the library, Hinaber was instrumental in the campaign to expand the building, connecting with residents, as well as elected officials to educate and give reason for the importance of a strong library within the community. Although the library went through a number of unsuccessful referenda, Hinaber would not be discouraged from going back to the drawing board to try again. After one such referenda fail, Hinaber, who served as Board President at the time, famously arrived at the library dressed in coveralls and painter’s cap with rolled plans in her arms stating, “If the Village won’t vote for it, we’ll just have to build it ourselves.” 

Hinaber’s strong sense of civic duty and her involvement with numerous community groups gave her the ability to see the library from different angles. Her leadership and ability to provide a “steady hand on the rudder” gave stability to the Board.

“Jackie’s dedication to the library has left a permanent mark on many of us and her life’s work can be seen throughout the library,” added Library Board President Sylvia Haas. 

Shortly after Hinaber was elected to the Board in 1987, she guided a search committee to recruit a successor for Executive Director Patricia Kelly who retired. In January 2019, the board of trustees appointed Hinaber to the Board again to fill a vacancy and to help lead in the search for a new executive director when Marilyn Genther retired after 27 years in the position. 

After 24 years as a Trustee, Hinaber continued on her volunteer path, serving on the Library Foundation Board for eight years, collaborating on new fundraising ideas, including their annual Mini Golf event. For a period of time, she dressed as Mrs. Claus during the annual Teddy Bear Walk to the delight of many children and families. A passionate reader, she could often be seen walking through the library carrying a stack of books on her way to checkout before heading into a book discussion group program. 

The family is arranging a private virtual memorial service. The library is providing support and counseling to staff. 

Hinaber recently resigned from the Board in January 2020. The vacancy was posted with applications received prior to the state’s stay-at-home order. A successor will be appointed by members of the board at a future board meeting. 

Mount Prospect Public Library Declares June 1 Fine Amnesty Day

The Mount Prospect Public Library declares June 1, 2020,Fine Amnesty Day,” eliminating all library late fines for library patrons.  

With this announcement today, the library removed all overdue fines on Mount Prospect Public Library cardholder accounts.

The Mount Prospect Public Library Board of Trustees authorized this action at its May 21 board meeting. Charges for damaged and missing materials or fees are not part of the amnesty program. 

The library also opened its outdoor book drops for several hours today at the Main Library and welcomed returns as part of its phase-in reopening plan. The library will continue to accept materials at its drive-up and walk-up book drops during the day until at capacity; patrons are encouraged to monitor social media for book drop hours. Outdoor book drops are not available at South Branch. If an item is too big for the book drop, patrons may keep it until the library buildings reopen; library staff may not accept returns.

Since library buildings closed to the public in March, the library has not assessed overdue fines for any materials; this will continue while the library buildings are closed.

On-site Services Planned for June at MPPL

The Mount Prospect Public Library announces its plan to phase-in on-site services for the public in June. Since closing to the public March 14, the library currently offers a variety of virtual programs and online resources for its patrons.

The plan includes a new service called “Parking Lot Pickup,” as well as home delivery services, tentatively scheduled to begin the first two weeks of June at the Main Library (10 S. Emerson Street).

Specifics to participate in these programs will be detailed on the library’s website, social media, and mailed to residents’ homes later in May. Patrons may place books or other materials, such as DVDs, on hold now. The library encourages all residents to have a library card. To register for a card online, please visit The library has registered hundreds of new users since April using this new online application system.

The library will also announce later in May when patrons can return materials to book drops. All due dates have been extended and no fines have accrued during the closure.

Both the Main Library and South Branch buildings will remain closed to the public, and library employees will begin to work on-site with staggered shifts in late May to prepare for the Parking Lot Pickup, home delivery, as well as other phase-in plans. Staff and administration are working to ensure safety protocols are in place to serve the community with new methods and controls for social-distancing.

The library’s actions are guided by available science and information from health and infectious disease experts, Executive Orders from the Office of Governor Pritzker, and the American Library Association. The safety of our patrons and staff is our highest priority.

While the stay-at-home order is in place, the library encourages everyone in the community to stay home and continue to follow the recommendations of public health officials.

For up-to-date information about COVID-19, please refer to these important resources:

Library support update

The Mount Prospect Public Library announced that beginning April 12, the library will operate with a limited number of staff to support the library’s virtual services and necessary operations. Library buildings closed March 15 to the public and staff because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 31, Gov. Pritzker extended the stay-at-home order through April 30. Because the library buildings are now closed for an extended period of time, a different staffing model needed to be implemented, both to appropriately provide virtual library services to the community, and to be fiscally responsible to the Mount Prospect taxpayers.

At its April 2 public board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved furloughs for a number of library employees. Staff received furlough notices April 7 and are being placed on a temporary, unpaid leave of absence. Employee benefits, including health insurance and other group insurance benefits, will be continued for the duration of the furlough.

When the library reopens, it plans to phase-in on-site services to the community and bring staff back.

The library encourages everyone in the community to stay home and continue to follow the recommendations of public health officials.

Library Services During Closure

The Mount Prospect Public Library continues to take steps to help limit the spread of COVID-19. In adherence to Gov. Pritzker’s Executive Order, the Main Library and South Branch buildings are closed until further notice.

The library continues to provide resources to patrons and has enhanced several services available to Mount Prospect residents during the closure.

  • Chat/text with a librarian Monday-Friday (9 a.m.-7 p.m.) and Saturday-Sunday (1-5 p.m.)
    Chat or text: 847-750-4ASK (847-750-4275).
  • Online library card applications available to all Mount Prospect residents.
  • Extended due dates for materials; please hold on to materials until we reopen.
  • No new fines for checked out materials.
  • Increased limits for OverDrive e-books and audiobooks.
  • Increased limits for Hoopla movie stream checkouts.
  • Increased/extended Wi-Fi signal strength outside the Main Library.
  • Virtual programming available on YouTube.
  • Additional FAQs during closure.

Our actions are guided by available science and information from health and infectious disease experts, and the safety of our patrons and staff is our highest priority. For up-to-date information about COVID-19, please refer to these important resources: