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How Does the Library Foundation Support the Library?

Donations made to the Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation are invested into a professionally managed Endowment Fund established for the long term security of the Oak Lawn Public Library. Over the years, this reserve will grow and become large enough to fund major capital projects at the library.

In addition to building an endowment fund, the Library Foundation currently provides ongoing financial support for the growing needs of the library’s revitalized Local History program.

How Does the Library Foundation Help the Local History Program?

In response to a growing interest in the history of our Village, the Oak Lawn Public Library re-established a Local History program in November 2006.

The initial funding for a part-time Local History Coordinator was provided by the Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation. Within the first year, the Local History Room was reopened in April 2007 and two major exhibits were launched with corresponding public programs for all ages. The success of these endeavors and future vision of the library staff gained the support of the library’s Board of Trustees, who approved funding for a permanent, full-time Local History Coordinator position in March 2008. To further extended their support, the Library Foundation provided the salary for a part-time 10-week college student intern, who assisted with a major cataloging project in the Local History Unit during summer 2008.


As the Local History program continues to grown and expand, there are many archive storage, display, equipment and staffing needs that go beyond the library’s regular budget. The Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation is committed to remaining involved in this important initiative. By making a donation to the Foundation, you help make that possible.

Visit the library's Local History web site for more information. You may also open a PDF version of the Library Foundation's Local History Fund Raising Campaign brochure.


Library Foundation

What is the Library Foundation?

 

Library Foundation

The Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation was founded in 1993 to seek private sector support for maintaining the excellence of materials and services offered by the Oak Lawn Public Library.

The Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization governed by a volunteer board of community members whose time and energies allow us to operate without administrative costs.


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Why Have a Library Foundation?

With tax caps, diminishing state and federal funds and the increasing costs of materials and supplies, library service cutbacks are inevitable if new sources of funding are not developed. The Foundation was formed to ensure that the Oak Lawn Public Library will continue to meet the needs of the community.

The Library Foundation also provides an opportunity for private citizens and businesses to make tax-deductible contributions to sustain and expand library programs, materials and services.

How Does the Library Foundation Support the Library?

Donations made to the Oak Lawn Community Library Foundation are invested into a professionally managed Endowment Fund established for the long term security of the Oak Lawn Public Library. Over the years, this reserve will grow and become large enough to fund major capital projects at the library.

In addition to building an endowment fund, the Library Foundation currently provides ongoing financial support for the growing needs of the library’s revitalized Local History program.

 

 

 

Foundation Board Members

William Brouwer

Jim Deiters

Erin Foley
Dr. Theodore Gasteyer

Margaret Hayes

Glen Kato
Frank March
Carole Onwiler
Robert Thompson

 

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