Join Friends of the Library
Our library began as a community project in 1928. While we’ve grown a lot since then, and become a municipal project, we still rely on the support of the Villa Park community to provide quality services and materials. The members of the Friends of the Library are dedicated to helping us do just that, and we’re grateful for their help. If you’d like to help support your library, consider joining the Friends.
Do you love your Library? Become a Friend! The Friends act as advocates for the library; sponsoring programs and fundraising events, promoting the library within the community, and helping to improve the library facilities and services. Friends are volunteers from all walks of life who share a common interest in the Library. For more information, email the Friends at: FriendsofVPLibrary@gmail.com
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Our volunteers provide us with important skills, talent, and expertise that help us bring the highest quality service to our Library patrons. There are many different ways in which volunteers serve the Library, from regular time commitments to one-time events. Volunteering at the library is also a great way to support your library while building valuable resume experience.
Volunteers ages 16 and older may apply.
Volunteer jobs include, but are not limited to:
- Book inventory
- Patron surveys/mailings
- Assisting book selectors
- Program preparation
- Sorting of materials onto carts
- Property maintenance
- And more!
If you are interested in volunteering, please print and and fill out a Volunteer Application and drop off or mail to:
Villa Park Public Library
c/o Volunteer Coordinator
305 S. Ardmore Avenue
Villa Park, IL 60181
You may also contact our volunteer coordinator using this form:
Gifts & Donations
A gift to the Villa Park Public Library will be appreciated by many. It can be a remembrance for a special occasion or person and also a gift to share with the entire community. Library users for years to come will consider the gift a contribution to their education and enjoyment. The specially inscribed nameplate on each gift will inform library users of the occasion or person you wish to commemorate. A variety of formats, including books, movies, audiobooks, or compact discs, may be requested as gift purchases. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.
Each gift bears a distinctive nameplate which denotes the donor’s name and the name of the person or occasion being remembered. In addition, letters of acknowledgment are sent by the Library – one to the donor and, when appropriate, one to the beneficiary honored by the gift.
A nameplate can mark a special occasion…
- Celebrating a birthday
- Remembering a loved one
- Marking an anniversary
- Honoring a retirement
- Heralding the birth of a child
- Or any occasion which calls for a significant, long-lasting remembrance
You can also donate on the Friends of the Villa Park Library’s Givegab page!
Recognition and Remembrance Gifts
Large or small, these donations are usually made by individuals or families to celebrate a significant occasion or remember people. Often, these gifts are books or audiobooks by the honoree’s favorite author or subject.
Gifts from Organizations
Many clubs and groups contribute funds to the Library each year, expanding the collection most suited to the group’s focus. A club or organization may, through the dedication of a title, recognize a member or officer for valued service.
We accept print donations that are either placed in the book sale or in the collection, depending on demand and condition. There are a few items we do not accept:
- Magazines, including National Geographic and bound volumes
- Readers Digest
- Musty, mildewed, soiled, or damaged items
- Computer Software
The Adopt-a-Magazine program allows library supporters to “adopt” and provide the subscription fee for one or more of the magazines the library subscribes to. A label denoting the adopter’s name is placed on the cover of every issue of the gift subscription. (Gifts may also be designated as anonymous.) Most subscriptions range in price from $15 to $30 per year. The library will coordinate ordering and payment. If you are interested in adopting a magazine title, contact Carolyn Turner at 630-834-1164.
The Library Fund
The Villa Park Public Library Fund was established in 2000 to ensure that future residents of Villa Park enjoy high quality library service in an attractive, state-of-the-art facility. The Fund is administered by the DuPage Community Foundation, a 501C3 nonprofit organization.
Your contribution can fund many valuable library resources for the people of Villa Park to enjoy and can be a special way to honor or remember a loved one or to celebrate a special event.
Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
There are several ways to donate to the Villa Park Public Library Fund:
- Cash Gift
- Bequest – designate the Villa Park Public Library Fund as the recipient of part or all of your estate.
- Insurance – designate the Villa Park Public Library Fund as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy.
- Stocks – by contributing appreciated stock, you may receive tax advantages.
Consult your financial advisor or attorney to explore your options for charitable giving.
For more information on how to donate, please phone the Administrative Office at 630-834-1164 or the DuPage Community Foundation at (630) 665-5556.
Whatever you do to support your local library, we thank you. With your help, we can provide the residents of Villa Park with the best library possible!