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In Memory of Jo Ann Poole
The St. Charles Library Foundation would like to gratefully acknowledge the service of one of our long-time members, Jo Ann Poole, who recently passed away. Jo Ann served as Treasurer for the Foundation for a number of years. Her guidance was invaluable as she mentored several of the treasurers who came after her. Jo Ann was an active participant and leader in Foundation events from 2004-2021. Her friendship and many contributions to our organization will be missed.
SIGNATURE ART PIECE CHOSEN FOR ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY
The St. Charles Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of a signature art piece by local artist Larry K. Johnson of LK Johnson Studio in Geneva, IL, to be permanently displayed at the St. Charles Public Library. The commissioned bronze relief will be on display above the fireplace in the newly-renovated space. The St. Charles Public Library Board of Trustees graciously accepted the Foundation’s gift of the $10,000 art piece at the September 9 Board of Trustees Meeting. Read full press release.
St. Charles Public Library Foundation
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 programs and staff 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 are the Foundation's Leaders?
The Board of Directors is comprised of local residents who are concerned about maintaining quality information and lifelong learning resource for the community.
The current members are:
- Maggie Brewner, President
- Edward C. Marth, Vice President
- Staci Olson, Treasurer
- Cheryl Ledbetter, Secretary
- Jon Duerr
- Jennifer Gaertner
- Dawn Lassiter-Brueske
- Diane E. MacNeille
- Sharon Maholland
- Robin Soderquist
- Mary Ann Tilton
- Karen L. Kaluzsa, Library Representative
- Judi Asselborn, Friends of St. Charles Public Library Representative
- Michael A. Dixon
- Claudia Frost
- Robert Gephart
- Larry Maholland
- Pamuella Mann
- Craig Morgan, Jr.
- Thomas E. Rosensteel
- John Schmidt
Who determines how the funds will be spent?
All spending decisions and project selections are made by the Foundation Board of Directors.
Why should I donate money to the Foundation?
Private giving is essential because our goal is excellence rather than just maintenance. The cost of Library services is constantly escalating. Local property taxes support basic operations, but additional financial support is needed to provide the highest quality services and facilities, as well as life-long educational and cultural experiences.
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?
Contributions have supported programs and projects, such as the concert and speaker series, construction of the Helen Gale Story Room, renovation of the Carnegie Community Room, construction, landscaping of the south parking lot, and Student Street in Youth Services.
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
All donations are recognized. For more information, please refer to the Donor Recognition page.
For more information, please call Edith G. Craig, Library Director, at 630-584-0076, ext. 273.