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St. Charles Library Foundation


Books & Brunch: The 2nd Annual Books & Brunch Fundraiser, Saturday, April 18, 2015 at St. Charles Country Club.  

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The St. Charles Public Library is an integral part of the community that has met the information and resource needs of St. Charles residents for over 100 years. The Library's role has grown from a simple book lending service in 1906, to a multi-service library and information center using 21st century technology.

The Library is recognized for its outstanding collections and programs. Its Youth, Reference, and Special Services programs and staffs have won statewide awards for excellence. The community's high use and support of the Library are indicative of the value residents place on it.

Philanthropy has played an important role in the Library's past, from funds for the first Library, the 1908 Carnegie building, to grants from the Norris Foundation to remodel the original 1908 facility. The St. Charles Public Library Foundation continues this tradition of philanthropy and service to the community.

What is the St. Charles Public Library Foundation?

The St. Charles Public Library Foundation is a nonprofit corporation established in 1993 to provide support for the Library through tax-deductible contributions.

What is its purpose?

The purpose of the Foundation is to provide funds to enhance and enrich Library programs and services.

Who Is the foundation's leadership?

The Board of Directors is comprised of local residents who are concerned about maintaining a quality information and lifelong learning resource for the community.

The current members are:

  • Mary Ann Tilton: President
  • Jon Duerr: Vice President
  • Roman J. Seckel: Secretary
  • Robert T. Gephart: Treasurer
  • Judi Asselborn: Friends of St. Charles Public Library
  • Carol W. Abel
  • Dawn Lassiter-Brueske
  • Diane MacNeille
  • Sharon Maholland
  • Craig Morgan, Jr.
  • Jo Ann Poole
  • John Schmidt
  • Robin Soderquist
  • Karen S. DeVault - Library Representative

Directors Emeritus:

  • Michael A. Dixon
  • Larry Maholland
  • Pamuela Mann
  • Thomas E. Rosensteel

Who determines how the funds will be spent?

All spending decisions and project selections are made by the Foundation Board of Directors.

I already pay Library taxes. Why should I donate money, too?

Local property taxes support routine operations. The cost of electronic and routine Library services is constantly escalating. Because our goal is excellence rather than just maintenance, private giving is essential.

The Library is an accessible place where everyone can pursue the joy of reading and his or her cultural and educational experience. It is the gateway to information for all citizens. Information professionals on the Library staff serve as guides through the maze of highly specialized information resources now available.

How have Foundation funds been used?

Funds have supported projects and programs such as author and speaker series, construction of the Helen Gale Story Room in Youth Services, renovation of the Carnegie Community Room to serve as a community cultural and conference facility, and the construction and landscaping of a brick walk leading to the original main entrance. Future funds will support Library collections and cultural programs.

May I designate how my contribution is to be spent?

Yes. The Foundation accepts donations for specific projects as well as for the endowment fund.

How can I contribute?

Checks for tax deductible contributions may be made payable to the St. Charles Public Library Foundation, and sent to:

St. Charles Public Library Foundation
One South Sixth Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174

Please consider including the St. Charles Public Library Foundation in your estate plan. For more information, please refer to the Legacy Donor page or download the Legacy Donors brochure.

All donations are recognized. For more information, please refer to the Donor Recognition page.

For more information, please contact Pam Leffler at 630-584-0076, ext. 228.

Add a great name to the Carnegie Walk at the St. Charles Public Library...Yours!

You have an opportunity to become a lasting part of St. Charles Public Library history. For years to come, you and your family and friends can share the excitement of seeing your name every time you visit the Library. With a tax deductible gift, your name will join those of your friends, neighbors, and local businesses on the engraved bricks of the Carnegie Walk. Download the Foundation Paver Bricks form.

Parking Lot Fundraising Project

The St. Charles Public Library Foundation has chosen the landscaping of the new parking lot as one of its fundraising projects. The project also includes placing identification tags on many of the plants on Library property.

The donor categories include:

  • Seed: Up to $50
  • Leaf: $51 - $100
  • Branch: $101 - $300
  • Trunk: $301 - $699
  • Tree (specific tree selected from plans): $700 and up

Donors will be mentioned in Discover Your Library, the Library newsletter. All donations are tax deductible.

Donor cards with envelopes are available in the Business Office, or will be mailed upon request. For information about the project, please contact Pam Leffler at 630-584-0076, extension 228.

Early Literacy Project

The St. Charles Public Library Foundation has chosen the funding of the Early Literacy Project in the Youth Services Area as its current project.

The goal of the Early Literacy Project is to provide an interactive area that will provide a captivating and enriching environment for young children, their families and caregivers to develop pre-reading skills together.  Among others, the chief goals of the project are to promote a love of reading and learning among young children by empowering them to actively engage in learning based on their own individual abilities and interests.

The area will focus on the activities/practices of playing, talking, singing, writing and reading to develop these key early literacy skills such as print motivation and awareness, learning letters and numbers, vocabulary, phonological awareness and narrative skills.

Some of the interactive features that will support the above activities/practices and will include:

  • Special book collections to enjoy in the library including interactive, lift-the-flap, pop-up, cloth or vinyl books.
  • Expanded displays of books in support of the pre-reading skills.
  • Sensory tubes with properties such as color, shape, weight and sound to stimulate the senses.
  • Discovery table to explore play through puzzles, trains, duplo bricks, etc.
  • ABC & 123 center to explore letters, numbers, writing and counting.
  • Reading nook.
  • Parent collection and resources.
  • Comfortable seating for adults and children.
  • AWE early literacy computer.
  • iPads with apps appropriate for preschool children.
  • Circus car for reading and/or imaginative play.
  • Aquarium.

The Foundation is presently accepting donations for this project and others.  Donations may be sent to Foundation at:

St. Charles Public Library Foundation 
One South Sixth Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174

For information about the project or the Foundation, please contact Pam Leffler at 630-584-0076, extension 228.



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