The Friends History

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

Friends staying busy!

Fun Friends Facts!

Friends Fun Facts