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.
A sampling of things made possible thanks to the Friends:
Library programming for the community
Summer Reading and book clubs for children and adults
Special events throughout the year
Lake Forest Reads: Ragdale (our One Book/One Community program)
Enhancement of Library resources
Purchase of the Library's very first computer in the 1980s
Purchase of several eBook readers for staff experimentation and learning in 2010
Almost 50% of the cost of the Media Lab in 2014
Restoration of the art deco drinking fountain in the foyer of the Children's Library
90% of the cost of restoration of 26 windows in the building in 2013
While an impressive list of accomplishments, the best gift of the Friends' efforts is the intangible positive promotion of the importance and value of the Library to the cultural and educational life of the community. Lake Forest Library is extremely grateful and extends many thanks to the Friends.