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Chicago Public Library Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Education, Single Organization Support

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.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently joined and help found the Chicago Library Foundation (CPLF) Junior Board. Before joining the Board I had a limited knowledge of the important role that the CPLF played in perserving the key role the the libary plays in the lives of so many of Chicago's citizens. I have been impresssed with all of the Foundation's staff as well as the leadership of President & CEO Rhona Frazin. I look forward to continuing to work with the foundation and expand it's reach to the young professional community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Chicago's libraries, supported by the Chicago Public Library Foundation, is one of the leading library systems in the world; and it's work is vastly expanded by the magnificent and tireless Foundation board, which provides funding for countless education and cultural programs that the Library otherwise couldn't do. The Board's governance and activism is exemplary. It is a critically important aspect of a vital Chicago institution.