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Membership
Each year, we have around 575 members who live in Oak Lawn and surrounding cities. Membership dues are:
  • $5 for an individual
  • $8 for a family (w/spouse & children under age 18)

Membership entitles you to receive news updates from the Friends, an invitation to our Annual Dinner Meeting, a $5 discount on most trip tickets and access to special members-only events. If you live outside Oak Lawn and would like to receive the library's quarterly newsletter, Check It Out, add $3 to your membership fee to subscribe.


Volunteer Services
Our projects and activities benefit the library. Here are some ways:
  • Maintaining and stocking an Ongoing Book Sale
  • Offering bus trips to local attractions
  • Coordinating short story and book discussion groups that meet September
  • Hosting special events and assisting with open houses and other receptions
Ongoing Book Sale

Our hard-working volunteers maintain an ongoing Book Sale on the first floor of the library near the BookWorm Cafe. The sale is open the same hours as the library, so stop by anytime to peruse an ever-changing selection of thousands of books and other items at bargain prices. To stock the sale, we accept donations of "gently used" books, magazines and audio visual material from the community. You may drop off donations at a designated area near the library's Cook Avenue entrance. Due to space limitations, we will not accept Readers Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias and out-dated text books. To receive a tax letter acknowledgment by mail, stop by the library's Reception Booth and complete a short form.


Bus Trips

Our group schedules and implements bus trips to various cultural attractions, such as plays, concerts and museums. Membership entitles you to receive a $5 discount on most trip tickets, with a two ticket limit per person. Unfortunately, trips sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library are not wheelchair accessible.

Visit the Library's Newsletter web site and read the "Friends Footnotes" column to learn about upcoming trips.


Adult Programs

We sponsor some of the library's adult programming activities, including the "Sunday With Friends" concert series and the Lyric Opera lecture series. Check the Library Programs page for more details. (Program video clip)

Visit the Library's Newsletter web site and read the "Friends Footnotes" column to learn about upcoming programs sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library.

 

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Oak Lawn Library is a non-profit organization of volunteers who help promote use of the Oak Lawn Public Library, furnish equipment and materials that are beyond the library's budget and bring opportunities for cultural enrichment to area residents.

Visit the Library's Newsletter and read the "Friends Footnotes" column to learn about upcoming Friends of the Oak Lawn Library activities and events.

Leadership

The Friends of the Oak Lawn Library is comprised entirely of community volunteers, so our officers and committee chairpersons make their phone numbers available for your questions and concerns.


General Information Erin Foley (Library Liaison)

(708) 422-4990

Membership
Rita Brice (708) 597-5205
Book Discussion Groups Dorothy Whitney (708) 422-2390
Trip Information/Reservations Call the library for details (708) 422-4990
Program Information Erin Foley (Library Liaison) (708) 422-4990
Book Sale Information Carole Onwiler (708) 422-8646

Other officers, chairpersons and directors are:

Dorothy La Bianca, President

Joyce Stroh, Vice President

Dorothy Whitney, Secretary
Rita Schumm, Treasurer

Donna Beckett

Eleanor DeLucia
Joan Doyle

Mary Ann Galotta
Eleanor McCaffrey
Nancy Michael
Joanne Neff

Astrida Pauperas
Pat Porges

Margaret Ruebe

Judy Sandberg


Our Board of Directors meet the first Thursday of each month, except June, at 1 p.m. in the library's Mary Nelson Room, lower level. The general membership meets at an annual dinner meeting held at a local banquet hall every June.

 

Gifts to the Library

Since 1978, the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library have purchased more than $300,000 in gifts for the library with funds raised through book sales and membership dues. Our group doesn't get heavily involved with fund raising. We prefer to focus our energies on providing programs, activities and services that the public likes and supports.

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Friends Membership Form

Friends of the Oak Lawn Public Library

Name ________________________________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________________________

Town __________________________________________ Zip ____________

Phone (             ) ________________________

Select one:    ____ $5 - Individual
                         ____ $8 - Family (w/ spouse & children under age 18) 

Select one:    ____ New    ____ Renewal

Nonresidents Only:    ____ Newsletter Delivery - If you live outside of Oak Lawn and would like to receive the quarterly Oak Lawn Library Newsletter, add $3 to your membership fee.



Send this completed form and your check made payable to:
Friends of the Oak Lawn Library
Attention: Membership
9427 S. Raymond Ave.
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Membership year is June 1 - May 31

 

 

 

 

Discussion Groups

Our group sponsors two discussion groups that meet once a month, September through May, in the Library's Mary Nelson Room, lower level.

2014-15 Reading List

Short Story Discussion Group

Meets every 2nd Wednesday at 1 p.m. (September-May)
Pick up short stories at the Library’s Help Desk one month in advance.

September 10 - “Car Trouble" by Jas. R. Petrin
October 8 - “Runaway" by Alice Munro
November 12 - “What You Pawn I Will Redeem" by Sherman Alexie
December 10 - “The Jailhouse Lawyer" by Phillip M. Margolin
January 14 - “Redneck" by Loren D. Estleman
February 11 - “Tooth and Claw" by Coraghessan Boyle
March 11 - “Netmail" by Brendon DuBois
April 8 - “Little Frogs in a Ditch" by Tim Gautreaux
May 13 - “Under the Pitons" by Robert Stone

Book Discussion Group

Meets every 4th Wednesday at 1 p.m. (September-August)
Pick up books at the Library’s Customer Services Desk one month in advance.

September 24 - “The Dressmaker of Khair Khana" by Gayle T. Lemmon
October 22 - “The Secret Adversary" by Agatha Christie
November - NO MEETING
December - NO MEETING

January 28 - “Nineteen Minutes" by Jodi Picoult
February 25 - “Brooklyn" by Colm Toibin
March 25 - “The Cuckoo's Calling" by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
April 22 - “The Silver Star" by Jeanette Walls
May 27 - “I Am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai

 

 

 

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