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Roselle Public Library Foundation Annual Appeal

The Roselle Public Library Foundation’s Annual Fall Appeal letter has been mailed to Roselle residents and businesses in an effort to support the Library for big ticket items, such as an anticipated roof replacement.

If you don’t receive an invitation to help with this project, pick up a Foundation brochure at the Library lobby kiosk, the Circulation Desk or download the contribution form from the Library's website.

Donations can be dropped off at the Circulation Desk. No amount is too small to be a big help. The Library Foundation appreciates your support in helping keep the Library a vital part of our community.


A Big 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.

Generous Donors of 2015


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
Linda Cwiak
Mike and Naomi Dimand
Michael and Lauren Dimpsey
Wayne Domke
Diana Eckert
Al and Marjorie Engel
Irene Gerth
Rick and Sue Harold
Dottie Hildebrandt
Ray and Sharon Hitzemann
Ron Hospodka, Sr.
Joseph and Antoinette Jean
Florence Klemmer
Robert Kling
John Kness
John and Patty Kornacker
Dolores Lawicki
Gail Olson
Elaine Pizzicaro
Gary Poplawski
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
Tom and Angela Swiontek
Paul Troyke
Marilynn VonBergen
Ed and Noreen Ware
Barbara Weisenberger
John and Pat Young
Francis and Claranne Zielinski
Dennis and Rhonie Zymboly

The Foundation also acknowledges Mr. and Mrs. Francisco Restrepo, Nadine Thornton, John Kness and Deanna Stuart, and Mr. and Mrs. J. Martin for their donations honoring the birthday of Tony Bonavolonta.

Many companies in our community have chosen to support the Library
with generous donations.

1913 Restaurant
A & A Paving Contractors
Amperage Electrical Supply, Inc.
BMO Harris Bank
B.N. J. Inc.
Case Foundation
Countryside Funeral Home
Drainmaster Sewer & Pump 

First Eagle Bank
Itasca Bank & Trust Co.

Langner Eye Care
Law Office of John Pankau
Lifestyle Physical Therapy
Lynfred Winery
Roselle Bank & Trust
Roselle Chamber of Commerce
Salerno’s Rosedale Chapel
Tornatore Law Office
Uncle Bill’s Diner
Wing Stop

Please support the companies that support your 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 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: Amy Cawley

*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)