Mission: The Chicago Public Library Foundation supports collection development, programs and technology initiatives that connect library users to their community and to the world and ensure that all Chicagoans have the freedom to read, to learn and to discover at the Chicago Public Library.
Programs: Help children build academic success and a love of reading through summer learning challenge, teen learning, early literacy, great kids read, science connections and teachers in the library.
provide funding for public access to information resources and technology, including cybernavigators, as well as initiatives to keep the chicago public library relevant to the lives of all chicagoans.
expand library collections and create opportunities to discuss books and ideas through programs such as one book, one chicago.
As a librarian (formerly children's & now adult), I have benefitted from the Chicago Public Library Foundation's generous work. The Foundation helps provide new books for children during the Summer Reading Program, supplementing the existing collections in each location. Children love the feel of new books & devour them like candy over the summer. Year-round, the Foundation sponsors the Cybernavigator program which places part-time people who assist patrons with computer use in many libraries. These Cybernavigators help to bridge the digital divide and assist people in all aspects of computer use from learning how to use a mouse and keyboard to setting up email and Facebook accounts. The Chicago Public Library, its staff and patrons benefit greatly from everything the Foundation does. I wish they could see the smiles on the face of each person they have helped - thank you, Foundation members and supporters, on behalf of all our patrons!