Support the Library

Support the Library

Join the Friends of the Library


The Friends of Cook Memorial Public Library District is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization that works to promote reading in general and the Cook Memorial Library in particular.

After expenses, 100 percent of the money raised (either through fundraisers and programs or donations from the public) goes back into the library. The Friends of the Library underwrite the costs of the library's reading programs (the costs of supplies and prizes) and finance equipment and supplies not covered in the library budget. If you have any further questions or are interested in joining, please email the Friends at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Donate Media to the Next Friends Book Sale

The Friends of the Library hold an annual book sale. The next scheduled sale is April 21-24, 2016, at Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills. Donations of used books, CDs, and DVDs are accepted several weeks prior to each sale. Watch our website for announcements that the collection barrels are out at Cook Park Library and Aspen Drive Library. Sorry, due to a lack of storage space, we are unable to accept book donations year round. 

Have Books to Donate Now?

Bernie's Book Bank (nonprofit) accepts children's books at their warehouse at 28101 Ballard Drive, Lake Forest.

Goodwill (nonprofit) accepts all kinds of books. There are two nearby locations: an attended drop-off in Red Top Plaza at 1316 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, and the Goodwill Store, 761 S. Midlothian Rd., Mundelein.

Better World Books (for profit) has an unattended bin in the parking lot at neighboring Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire.


Purchase a Book for the Library's Collection

Commemorate a special occasion or honor a loved one with a purchased donation for the library district's collection. Each book purchased with a gift donation bears a distinctive bookplate noting the donor's name and the name of the person or the occasion being remembered.

Donation Request Form

Submit completed forms to Gabriella Pantle at the Cook Park Library.


Donate a Tree

Honor a beloved family member, commemorate the birth of a future reader, or remember a special occasion by donating a tree to the Aspen Drive Library. A beautiful cast bronze dedication plaque will be installed by each donated tree. For additional information or to reserve a tree, please call Gabriella Pantle at 847-362-2330, ext. 1101.


Make a Donation

If you'd like to make a monetary donation in support of the library and its services to the community, please contact Gabriella Pantle at 847-362-2330, ext. 1101.