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Friends of the Glenview Library

The Friends of the Glenview Library have served the Library’s mission
with tireless dedication and thoughtful vision since 1939.
Learn about this dedicated group of men and women,
how to join, and the Used Book Store.
who are the friends

From a small collection of rented books to the new 85,000 square foot state-of-the art facility, the Glenview Public Library has an illustrious community history, deeply enriched by the ongoing support of the Friends organization.

The Friends of the Glenview Library was established in 1939 as an adjunct group in support of Glenview’s fledgling library. This hardworking group of women and men has been a vibrant community organization since these earliest days of the Library’s history.

The Friends of the Glenview Library is organized exclusively for the charitable, educational, and continuing development of the Glenview Public Library. Proceeds generated by the Friends ongoing fundraising efforts are used to purchase important items not possible in the Library’s regular operating budget, as well as to support special projects.


how the friends support the library

The Friends support many services, programs, and technology projects through their Annual Appeal, the Used Book Store, and their yearly benefit event. Over $1 million dollars in special services and equipment have been provided by ongoing community support.

Annual Community Appeal

The Friends send their Annual Appeal to the Glenview community in early December. While most of the Library’s funds come from property taxes, there are a number of special services, programs, and technology items that are purchased with the funds donated by The Friends’ broad base of community supporters each year. Please consider making a donation so that the Glenview Library remains one of the highest quality public institutions on the North Shore. The Friends of the Glenview Library is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and your gift is tax deductible.


join the friends

The Friends of the Glenview Library warmly welcomes new members throughout the year. Your ideas, energy, and expertise will help advance our mission to support excellence at the Glenview Public Library. Membership categories reflect the amount of time and resources you have to commit to this important organization.

Membership Application (PDF)


friends programs
SAVE-THE-DATES • You’re Invited!

We invite you to our special 2015 Friends’ programs. Our programs are open to all. Reservations are requested. Questions about programs? Call 847-456-2376.

The Sanfilippo Foundation
Barrington Hills
Wednesday, May 20, 12-5:30 PM

Travel via deluxe motor coach to explore the vast collections of Barrington’s Sanfilippo Estate.We will depart from Glenview Community Church, 1000 Glenview Road from the West Parking Lot (enter from Glenview Road and park on west end of the lot). A deluxe chartered motorcoach will be waiting for you. Delicious box luncheons and bottled waters will be distributed at departure to enjoy on the 54-minute ride to Barrington Hills to the Sanfilippo Foundation, a very large estate, still a private home for the owners.Our guided tour by the Executive Director of Sanfilippo will include exhibits of antique music boxes, calliopes, and a theater organ so powerful it will shake your seat…and much, much more.
Details available here (PDF)

Rhododendrons in the Midwest—
You Can’t Grow Them Here?
Wednesday, June 17, 12 PM

A festive buffet luncheon in the Glenview Library’s Community Room will be followed at 1 PM with John Golab’s presentation Rhododendrons in the Midwest—You Can’t Grow Them Here? John Golab, President of the Midwest Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, lives in Inverness (Barrington) and has been growing them here for thirty years. He will show stunning photographs of this flowering plant in his own gardens, in Illinois, and in the Midwest, and will give expert tips on how you can grow these beautiful flowering shrubs in your own gardens.
Details available here (PDF)

Who Will She Be This Time
The Incomparable Barbara Rinella
Thursday, September 17, 9:30 AM
Location: North Shore Country Club
1340 Glenview Road

Barbara Rinella is a name everyone in and beyond Chicagoland knows as the unequalled speaker, actress, and book reviewer we all look forward to hearing every year.What will Barbara talk about this year? Who will she be in September, 2015? You will have a wonderful morning beginning with a delicious North Shore Country Club breakfast, followed by Barbara’s most recent reincarnation, as _____?_____, in 2015. Come for another exciting program by this remarkable woman.
Details available here (PDF)

Things That Go Bump
A Visual Survey of Witchcraft, Demons, and the Occult
Thursday, October 15, 7 PM

Kickstart your Halloween with a talk celebrating the supernatural in art, music, film, and literature in the Library’s Community Room. Lucas Livingston, Assistant Director of Senior Programs in the Department of Museum Education at The Art Institute of Chicago, a very popular speaker, will bring Halloween to life. Macabre monsters have deep roots in cultures across the world. From Faust’s devil and Grimm’s witches to Japanese demons and hungry ghosts, we will discover a treasure of terrifying traditions beyond Halloween’s haunting history. Including “A Witches’ Sabbath” in The Art Institute of Chicago and other eerie inspirations, this presentation of the paranormal will shine a light on beings best left lurking in shadows and under the bed.
Details available here (PDF)

… And in November
An evening program to be announced.


contact the friends

For more information about programs, membership, or volunteer opportunities:

Stop by the Used Book Store. Open during regular library hours.

Call the Used Book Store at 847-901-5910 or Steve Ellis, President, at 847-729-7263

The Friends of the Glenview Library General Information (PDF).


friends used book store enter

So Many Books...
So Little Time...

The Friends Used Bookstore is conveniently located in the southwest corner of the Library’s lobby. Visit often—donated bargain books arrive daily. Support your Library and save.