Back to the Future!


As the Riverside Friends of the Library complete 85 years of support to the Riverside Public Library, we are looking forward to future collaboration with the Library and the community's needs for the Library. Through the years, thousands of Riverside children and adults have benefited from the ambitious undertakings the Friends have accomplished. Since 1931, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised; hundreds of events and programs have been sponsored by the Friends; and countless hours of hard work have been donated by Friends volunteers.
 
We hope you will consider becoming a Friend.  Join the list of volunteers and leaders who have over the years supported the Library. The Friends will always continue their support of the RPL and need your help!
 
Last year, the Friends made a commitment to designate all fundraising efforts to help our Library secure the amount needed to make the improvement of replacing the wood shelving for the adult collections. The purchase of new shelves will allow the Library to host all adult materials on the upper level and free much needed space for the children and youth of our community on the lower level.  We are getting close to this goal; thanks in part to membership donations and fundraising efforts. For this upcoming fundraising year, it is our hope to reach the goal we set. To date, we have raised $81.000! The Riverside Public Library will be going out for bids and hopes to purchase and install the new shelving during 2016. 
 
We ask your support by responding to this mailing and join the Friends of the Library. Additionally, we will be hosting several more Bingo FUNdraisers in the upcoming months and ask that you consider attending, sponsoring, donating to and being part of the success of the Friends' fundraising efforts!
 
Thank you to all who supported us last year. Friends raised $17,000; 2015 Bingos brought in over $6,000 and our most recent Library Lovers' Bingo in February netted over $5,000.  We truly appreciate all the support and generosity shared by you, our Friends.

With the direction of libraries changing and evolving; the focus of the Friends group has the opportunity to do the same and guide the course and create new focus and plans. Attendance and program statistics show that this building is loved; informational needs are celebrated less in the pages of a book and more in sharing knowledge through programs and events. The Library has become a meeting space, a community center and the place to share experiences, celebrations as well as information.
Please view our Bylaws and List of Officers Duties and Responsibilities to give you a better understanding of our organization. We welcome you to consider what role you may wish to play in the future of the Riverside Friends of the Library. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Why "Dewey" need new shelves?

In April of 2015, the Riverside Friends of the Library began their multi-year fundraising campaign to purchase new shelving for the Adult Collection of the Library. This campaign will assist the Library in their space planning efforts to house the entire adult materials collection on the upper level of the building leaving the lower level for the Children and Youth Services Department. While the goal of $85,000 is a lofty one, Friends believe with ongoing fundraising events and every donation, no matter the amount, we can raise the money needed. Please continue to support our efforts by attending upcoming Fundraising events sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Also, if you would like to make additional donations, please contact the Friends through the Library. Together we can achieve our goal!
"In Recognition of a Life"

On November 1, 2008, the Riverside Friends of the Library established a program to honor residents and patrons as they celebrate special life achievements, upon retirement of service to the community or as a permanent memorial upon their death. A book will be selected to recognize the following:

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Riverside library card holder and/or Friend of the Library member upon notification of their death.

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Retirements from the Library Board of Trustees, library employees, Friends of the Library officers, Village of Riverside Board of Trustees, Village of Riverside management officials or Riverside Township officials.

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Monumental birthdays (100 years and over).

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Wedding anniversaries (50 years and over).

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Businesses and Organizations celebrating significant anniversaries.

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Prominent residents of Riverside moving out of town.


A bookplate will be affixed to the donated book which identifies the reason for the donation, and a letter will be sent to the appropriate person/people involved. A list of annual recognitions will be published in the Library Newsletter, as well as on our website, on the Friends of the Library page. For more information about the program or to request a "Recognition of a Life" donation, please contact the Library Director, Janice Foley, at (708)442-6366.
FRIENDS OFFICERS 2016

- Ruth Julian: President
- Sarah Nielsen: Vice President Membership
- Simone McNeil: Vice President Volunteers & Ongoing Book Sale
- Nora Durbin: Vice President Public Relations & Media Coordinator
- Cindi Robinson: Vice President Fundraising
- Diane Harris: Secretary
- Ann Marie Dixon: Treasurer
- Dorothy Sikora & Diane Silva: Library Liaison
- Jen Pacourek: Board Liaison
Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. The Riverside Friends of the Library is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Please check with your employer to see if they offer a matching gift donation.