St. Charles Public Library is an integral part of the
community that has met the information and resource
needs of St. Charles residents for almost 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 Youth, Reference, and Special Services
programs and staffs have won state-wide 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.
is the St. Charles Public Library Foundation?
St. Charles Public Library Foundation is a nonprofit
corporation established in 1993 to provide support
for the Library through tax-deductible contributions.
is its purpose?
purpose of the Foundation is to provide funds to enhance
and enrich Library programs and services.
Is The Foundation's Leadership?
Board of Directors is comprised of local residents
who are concerned about maintaining a quality information
and lifelong learning resource for the community.
The current members are:
• Roman J. Seckel: President
• Mary Ann Tilton: Vice President
• Robert T. Gephart: Secretary/Treasurer
• Judi Asselborn: Friends of St. Charles Public Library
• Carol W. Abel
• Jon Duerr
• Philip Kessler
• Susannah Lesswing
• Diane MacNeille
• Sharon Maholland
• Pamuella Mann
• Craig Morgan, Jr.
• Jo Ann Poole
• John Schmidt
• Robin Soderquist
• Karen S. DeVault - Library Representative
• Michael A. Dixon
determines how the funds will be spent?
• Larry Maholland
• Thomas E. Rosensteel
spending decisions and project selections are made
by the Foundation Board of Directors.
already pay Library taxes. Why should I donate money,
property taxes support routine operations. The cost
of electronic and routine Library services is constantly
escalating. Because our goal is excellence rather
than just maintenance, private giving is essential.
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.
have Foundation funds been used?
have supported projects and programs such as author
and speaker series, construction of the Helen Gale
Story Room in Youth Services, renovation of the Carnegie
Community Room to serve as a community cultural and
conference facility, and the construction and landscaping
of a brick walk leading to the original main entrance.
Future funds will support Library collections and
I designate how my contribution is to be spent?
The Foundation accepts donations for specific projects
as well as for the endowment fund.
can I contribute?
for tax deductible contributions may be made payable
to the St. Charles Public Library Foundation, and
Charles Public Library Foundation
One South Sixth Ave.
St. Charles, IL 60174
consider including the St. Charles Public Library Foundation
in your estate plan. For more information, please refer
to the Legacy Donors brochure.
All donations are recognized. For more information,
please refer to the Donor
For more information, please contact Diana Brown
at 630-584-0076, ext. 228 or Email.
Add a Great Name to the Carnegie Walk at the St. Charles Public Library...Yours
You have an opportunity to become a lasting part of St. Charles Public Library history. For years to come, you and your family and friends can share the excitement of seeing your name every time you visit the Library. With a tax deductible gift, your name will join those of your friends, neighbors, and local businesses on the engraved bricks of the Carnegie Walk. Download more information.
Parking Lot Fundraising Project
The St. Charles Public Library Foundation has chosen the landscaping of the new parking lot as its latest fundraising project. The project also includes placing identification tags on many of the plants on Library property.
The donor categories include:
- Seed: Up to $50
- Leaf: $51 - $100
- Branch: $101 - $300
- Trunk: $301 - $699
- Tree (specific tree selected from plans): $700 and up
Donations of $100 and up will be listed on a recognition plaque near the new parking lot. Donations of under $100 will be recognized on a special “tree” in the Library lobby. Tree donations will be acknowledged with individual donor plates near the trees. In addition, all donors will be mentioned in Discover Your Library, the Library newsletter. All donations are tax deductible.
Donor cards with envelopes are available in the Library lobby, or will be mailed upon request. For information about the project, please contact Diana Brown at 630-584-0076, extension 228, or email.
Watch for more information about a special event celebrating the new lot and the donors that will be held upon completion of the project.