Be a Friend  Join the Friends to make a valued, recognized contribution to your library.
Who are the Friends of the Oak Park Public Library?
The Friends, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, raise funds for the 5-Star Oak Park Public Library. Annual tax deductible memberships are available at multiple levels. Choose the membership level  that's right for you. And, be sure to like the Friends on Facebook .
What do the Friends do?
The Friends volunteer their time and talents to make our community a better place. Since 1948, this dedicated group has built valuable bridges between library and community.
How does my membership help?
Your annual Friends membership helps support the library in multiple ways. In 2012, Friends supported activities at the library including summer reading programs  for kids, teens and adults. Each year, funds raised through annual memberships help the Friends present:
- The Friends Book Fair , one of the largest fairs in the Midwest
- The Barbara Ballinger Lecture , featuring an accomplished author and recognizing Barbara Ballinger's 32 years of service to the library
- Writers at Wright lecture series, a collaboration between the Friends, The Book Table and Midwest Media that brings cutting-edge authors to speak at Oak Park’s historic Unity Temple
What does my annual membership provide?
Annual tax deductible memberships are available at multiple levels. Choose the membership level  that’s best for you:
- Patron Members ($25-49) receive a 2013 “Book Lovers” desk calendar
- Donor Members ($50-99) receive a 2013 “Book Lovers” desk calendar, a Friends baseball cap, and recognition in the library’s annual report 
- Benefactor Members ($100-499) receive priority seating at Friends events, and all benefits listed above
- Sustaining Members ($500-999) are named on a bookplate in a library volume, and all benefits listed above
- Scoville Circle Members ($1,000+) are recognized on a library plaque, enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Main Library, and all benefits listed above
Contact the Friends
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Friends of the Oak Park Public Library
P.O. Box 3655
Oak Park, Illinois 60303-3655
Friends Board Members
- Chet Taranowski, President
- Terry Vanderwell, Vice President
- Eileen Kleps, Treasurer
- Doris Adamczewski, Secretary
- Doug Deuchler
- Mary Davis Fournier
- Philomena Harbaugh
- John Hayes
- Steve Kirshenbaum
- Paul Koko
- Amy Werthmann
- Janet Kelenson, Library Board Liaison
- Jim Madigan, Library Liaison