Friends of the Library

Friends Supported Programs

  • One Book, Everybody Reads
  • Shakespeare Project of Chicago
  • Summer & Winter Reading Clubs
  • Maker Programs
  • Books for Babies

Friends Give Back

Friends give back to communities in need by sharing excess book donations from Books Down Under. By being bigger than just our community, Friends expands its local footprint and shares the love of reading and books with others who don’t have access to books. Book donations have been shared with A Just Harvest, Kid’s Corner at the Lake County Courthouse, Perspectives Charter School, Rotary Club of Wilmette, Our Place, Stand for Children, Illinois and Hands of Peace.

Officers of the Friends of the Library 2021-2022

Margo Chambers - President

Jen Tan - Secretary

Susan Friedman - Book Room Chair

Susan Morrison - Book Room Vice-Chair

Cindy Levine - Membership Chair

Judy Schnecke - Hospitality Chair

Kathiann Richmond - Treasurer

Cecilia Clarke - Assoc. Treasurer

Marie Hirschle - Marketing Chair

Anthony Auston - Library Liaison

Friends of the Library Meeting Schedule

The FOL will hold their regular business meetings on the following Wednesdays at 9:15am in the Small Meeting Room on the lower level of the library:

  • September 22
  • January 12
  • February 16
  • March 16
  • April 13 (tentative)
  • May 18

All FOL members and volunteers are welcome to attend.

Books Down Under

Books Down Under is open the following days and times:

Tuesday       9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday  1:00pm - 5:00pm
Thursday      9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday      9:00am - 1:00pm


Volunteer for Friends

Work at Books Down Under and get involved: fill out a volunteer form and return it to BDU: Bookstore Volunteer Form


Donating to Books Down Under

Drop off donated books to during Library hours in the staff entrance vestibule, located on the northeast side of the building near the Library van parking space. Tax receipts available.


Donation Guidelines

We accept:

  • Gently used books in good condition
  • Fiction or Nonfiction, for adults or children
  • Classics in good condition
  • Recent Best Sellers
  • CDs & DVDs in good working condition
  • Sheet music & LPs

We decline:

  • Books in poor condition
  • Damaged/torn/broken bindings
  • Dirty/moldy/water damaged
  • Highlights, underlining, or markings
  • Encyclopedia sets
  • Dated nonfiction
  • Outdated travel or technology books