2019 Best of Bloomingdale
“Best Overall” Bloomingdale Public Library
IN 2019, the Bloomingdale Public Library was nominated for the “Best in Non Profit Organization” category, which was awarded to the Lion’s Club.
Imagine everyone’s surprise when they announced the final award and we heard “Bloomingdale Public Library” as the recipient of the “Overall Best of Bloomingdale” award!!! This award is given to the one nominee that stood out above the rest in both voting results and the judges’ evaluation. I only wish someone had a camera on the table, especially our library’s Director, @Tim Jarzemsky, to capture the surprise and elation of the group!! It is definitely a collaborative effort!
Everyone involved works hard every day to provide the best service and experience to our patrons. Everyone is so grateful to receive this honor!
The Friends of the Bloomingdale Public Library (IL)
In January of 1974, the village established “Friends of the Library” to promote a library for Bloomingdale. The first president of the Friends was Carol Brodersen. The Friends of the Library lobbied for passage of a referendum, sponsored a library flag design contest, and held fundraisers, benefits, and book drives. Outstanding active and financial support was received from all segments of the community. The Marklund Children’s Home of Bloomingdale provided space for material acquisition and preparation.
Now, our annual membership averages 30+ members of all ages. One of our members typed “Catalog Cards” in the early 70’s when the books were kept in a garage and the Library was a double-wide trailer. One member said “the greatest gift is giving back to the community, when we moved here, this Library was an important resource for us. Now I can give back to ensure that it’s here to give to future generations”. Now the digital era has replaced card catalogs, but our mission is still the same.
The mission of the Friends is “to work in partnership with library trustees and library staff to promote the use of library resources by residents of the Bloomingdale community and to help raise funds for materials and services the library provides.” We raise funds with used book sales, dine & share fundraisers, painting events, local dining events, open mic/poetry nights, flower sales, donations and membership fees. We are always coming up with new fundraising ideas, so check our website or follow us on Facebook to get the latest news!
Friends sort thousands of books for the Biannual Book Sale
The Friends fund the Summer Reading Program and purchase t-shirts for the children and adults who participate, as well as prizes for the most books read. We also help the Library with special purchases that are not in the library’s budget such as the Christmas Trees for Snowman Crossing and Book Purchases for local collaborative reading programs between Bloomingdale, Roselle, and Itasca like “One Book, One Winnebago” and “On the Same Page”.
In 2013, with the help of the Bloomingdale Lions, the Friends purchased a Digital Reader for the visually impaired. Bloomingdale is so fortunate to have residents and Friends who are so involved.
New Digital reader for the Visually Impaired 2013
Friends donate trees annually for Snowman Crossing
The Library is one of the best assets of our community, it’s an important resource for all to use. Some towns don’t have a Friends organization and really feel the absence of the benefits of the group.
If you need more information or want to join the Friends, apply online or stop by the library and get an application in the business office. If you have questions, please email us at mybplFriends@gmail.com.
Fun Friends Facts!
Preparing for the holidays in November!
Every year the Friends donate the Christmas trees displayed outside on the south side of the library building. Different groups decorate their trees with artistic flair! This even is always held the Saturday after Thanksgiving at 9am. See you there!
Holiday Open House
The Friends will be hosting a table at the BPL Holiday Open House. Make sure to stop by to find out more about the Friends!
Friends of Bloomingdale Public Library
Click on the dragonfly to return the Friends page of the Bloomingdale Public Library website.