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4th Antique Appraisal Event Raises Funds for Library Foundation

Joining us for a 4th time in recent years, antique appraisal expert John Leonard, of Leonard Auction in Addison, IL, took on some of our community’s most eclectic curios on Thursday evening, June 15, at the Library. Graciously donating his time, John began the event by briefly reviewing the current antique market: the hottest items are estate jewelry, coins and currency, and modern furniture from the 1950’s.

Some of the items he appraised for attendees were family treasures from attics and sock drawers!
Antique AppraisalMary Bertrand (shown here) brought in a tea cup with a hand-painted gold rim from her grandmother’s 6 cup “Architect’s tea set.” Although John advised that sets like this aren’t popular right now in the current antique market, Mary was glad she attended, commenting that “John is so knowledgeable and very passionate about his work.”

Many thanks to everyone who attended this educational and fun event. All funds raised benefit the Library and the Foundation appreciates your support.


The Foundation thanks recent donors Milan and Ruth Bagel, Linda McDermott, and Elaine Pizzicaro for their generous contributions. 

Thanks to All of Our
Generous Donors!

See the list of businesses and individuals who have previously contributed to the Library Foundation

Library Foundation

The Roselle Public Library Foundation was created to ensure that the Roselle Public Library is not just another local library, but fulfills the needs of our growing community as well. The Foundation's objective is to enrich the excellent programs, services and facilities of the Library to meet the challenges of tomorrow. To this end, the Foundation solicits donations, grants, bequests of cash and property, and also seeks individuals willing to volunteer their time and services to the Library.

Endowment Fund

In addition, the Foundation has established an endowment fund to support the Library. This fund was created from non-tax sources as a supplement to the traditional methods of library funding. The Foundation also accepts designated gifts for specific library needs or programs.

A Big Thanks to the Foundation’s Generous Donors

The Library Foundation wishes to thank the listed individuals and businesses for their donations to the 2016 Appeal.  With their support, the Foundation will be able to assist the Library with big ticket items, such as the anticipated roof replacement.


Milan and Ruth Bagel
Curt and Sharon Barnes
Len and Debbie Baumgart
Bob and Joan Beauprez
Bruce and Janet Berkshire
Tony and Jean Bonavolonta
Stewart and Helen Byers
Jeanne Calvert
Patrick and Angela Devitt
Mike and Naomi Dimand
Michael and Lauren Dimpsey
Diana Eckert
Al and Marjorie Engel
Kurt and Irene Gerth
Rick and Sue Harold
Dorothy Hildebrandt
Ray and Sharon Hitzemann
Ron Hospodka, Sr.
Joseph and Antoinette Jean
John Kness
John and Patty Kornacker
Dolores Lawicki
Gail Olson
Elaine Pizzicaro
Gary Poplawski
Ethel Rathe
Georgette and Ray Rudy
Stanley Schmidt
Roger and Peg Schwerman
Paul and Sarah Sebert
Mary Ann Siska
Glenn and Sue Spachman
Robert and Sharon Suich
Bernie and Jan Swiontek
Patricia Thompson
Ed and Noreen Ware
Barbara Weisenberger
Connie Whates
FranK and Claranne Zielinski
Dennis and Rhonie Zymboly


1913 Restaurant
A & A Paving Contractors
Amperage Electrical Supply, Inc.
BMO Harris Bank
B.N.J., Inc.
Case Foundation
Countryside Funeral Home
First Eagle Bank
Itasca Bank & Trust Co.
Janke Construction Company
Langner Eye Care
Lifestyle Physical Therapy
Line-X of Roselle

Lynfred Winery
Macc's Café
Pals for Pups, Inc.
Roselle Bank & Trust
Roselle Chamber of Commerce
Salerno’s Rosedale Chapel
Tornatore Law Office
Uncle Bill’s Diner
Wickstrom Chevrolet
Wild Nails
Wing Stop

Please consider supporting these community businesses, as they have generously supported the Library.

Why a Library Foundation?

View of library from second level

A quality library is essential for a good community. It is a source of education, information and pleasure for residents of all ages. Many challenges and opportunities lie ahead for public libraries. Who could have predicted the changes in technology that have occurred in the past twenty years?

Even though the Library is a tax-supported agency, additional methods are needed to help fund its operation in order to maintain an up-to-date collection, while staying in step with technology. The challenges and opportunities of the information age require investment in the technologies that will allow the Library to achieve a leadership role for the community on the "Information Highway". Library computer links to local government agencies, schools, homes and offices will ensure that all citizens have access to this vital information resource. Whatever new challenges lie ahead, the Roselle Public Library must be ready.

Can we continue to make the Roselle Public Library that kind of library without your help? The answer is no. Tax dollars alone are not enough to provide the kind of library our community deserves, now and in the future.

Please invest in your Library today.

Your Contribution Will Make a Difference.

Tree of Knowledge

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and all contributions are tax deductible. No gift is too small and contributions will be recognized in a number of ways*:

  • Listed on the Foundation showcase in the Library lobby
  • Highlighted in the Library Lights newsletter, which is mailed to every Roselle household
  • Acknowledged here in the Foundation section on the Library’s website
  • Contributors of $100 or more: Acknowledged with a donor plate on the plaque at the Tree of Knowledge in the Library
    • $100-$999 - Silver Leaf
    • $1,000 or more - Gold Leaf
  • Contributors of $200 or more: In addition to the donor plate, a bookplate inscribed with your name/business’s name will be placed in a new book.

*Donor Recognition:  The Foundation appreciates the great support of our donors and may publish donor recognition lists in its annual reports, publications, lobby message board and/or website. If you would like to remain anonymous in these recognitions, please contact the Foundation at  to omit your name.

Examples of how the Foundation has supported the Library in the past include grants for:

  • A season of Musical Sundays
  • A Computer Workstation
  • The Chicago Tribune on CD-ROM
  • A Video Projection System
  • Sponsoring a Presentation by a Famous Author
  • A popular Video Series
  • A Newspaper Subscription
  • A Special Children's Program
  • Coffee Service for Patrons & Staff
  • Big Read Program
  • Software Licenses
  • Library Banner
  • Disc Repair Machine
  • Summer Reading Programs

Together We Can Make It Better!

Your investment in the Roselle Public Library Foundation WILL make a difference!

Use the Roselle Public Library Foundation Contribution Form* to make your donation or contact the Foundation at:

Foundation Directors

Chairman: Elaine Pizzicaro
Vice-chair: Jean Bonavolonta
Treasurer: Tom Piorkowski
Secretary: Sue Harold
Director: Sarah Sebert
Director: Ingrid Stuhrenberg
Director: Jan Swiontek
Director: Frank Zielinski
Board of Trustees Liaison: Priscilla Spencer
Executive Director, Roselle Public Library District: Samantha Millsap

*The form is available in Adobe Acrobat format. If your browser does not already have the Acrobat Reader plug-in that is required to view these documents, please click here to access a free copy of the software. Get Adobe Reader (link)