Friends of Lake Forest Library

Contact the Friends

For more information about the Friends, please call Prasanthi Chennareddy at 847.630.1555 or Jane Pire at 847.840.2555.

The Friends of the Lake Forest Library are currently not accepting book donations

About the Friends

The Friends of Lake Forest Library is a group of dedicated supporters and library enthusiasts. It is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to support the mission and services of Lake Forest Library, as well as to engage in related educational, charitable, and cultural activities.

The Friends raise funds through book sales, Friends memberships, and your monetary and book donations, all of which make a huge difference to Lake Forest Library and the community. Since its founding March 21, 1976, the Friends have raised over two million dollars. These funds help maintain and enhance Library programming, our historic building, our extensive fine arts collection, and more.

News & Book Sales

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Friends News

2020 Annual Book Sale Canceled

We miss all our volunteers and supporters and hope everyone is doing well and keeping safe. On Saturday, June 20, 2020, the Board of the Friends of Lake Forest Library decided to cancel the Annual Book Sale in September due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are sad to miss this annual tradition and ho...

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The Friends of the Lake Forest Library are currently not accepting book donations

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Upcoming Book Sales

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Children's Book Sale

9:00am - 5:00pm
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Children's Book Sale

9:00am - 5:00pm
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Children's Book Sale

9:00am - 3:00pm

History of the Annual Book Sale

The Friends of Lake Forest Library held their first used book sale on September 18, 1976, in the Library courtyard and lobby. The sale raised about $4,000. Over the years, the sale moved from the Library to the Gorton Community Center parking lot, to Market Square, to a yellow tent in West Park, and finally to its current location in the Lake Forest Recreation Center Gymnasium.

Now an annual Lake Forest tradition, the four-day fall book sale offers over 108 categories of high-quality used books at bargain prices. Thank you to all of our donors, sponsors, supporters, and everyone who comes out to the sale each year and helps the Friends raise money for Lake Forest Library.

Supporters & Gratitude

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Thank you

We would like to acknowledge and thank the individuals, organizations, and foundations who generously support the Friends of Lake Forest Library through their donations and/or sponsorship of the Annual Book Sale. Our mission to help the Library would not be possible without your continued support.

Donors to Friends

Negaunee Foundation

Peterson/Desenis Charitable Fund

John and Kathleen Schreiber Foundation

Sponsors of the Annual Book Sale

The Grainger Foundtion

AT Mechanical

Knauz Automotive Group

Market House on the Square

Uline

West Rock

Sunset Foods

Thank you from the Library

Lake Forest Library is grateful for the Friends for their promotion of the value of the Library to the cultural and educational life of Lake Forest. In addition, annual grants from the Friends have supported:

Library programming for the community including Summer Reading and our one book/one community program, Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale

Enhancement of Library resources including the purchase of the Library's very first computer in the 1980s, several eBook readers for staff experimentation and learning in 2010, and almost 50% of the cost of the Media Lab in 2014.

Building Maintenance including restoration of the art deco drinking fountain in the Children's Library foyer and 90% of the cost of restoration of 26 windows in the building in 2013.

Giving back to the community including the annual provision of three $2,000 scholarships to graduating seniors.

Fine art collection development and restoration including: