Foundation for the Indian Trails Library District

photo of foundation board

Why Donate?

The Indian Trails Public Library gets approximately 90% of its funding through property taxes. Unlike other governmental entities, such as park or school  districts, the library does not have a revenue stream or charge fees for services, other than recouping the cost of materials for special programs. 

In the past, fines for overdue books offset expenses of special projects. However, in 2019, the library joined a consortium and made the decision to end fines because it felt fines negatively impacted people’s access to material. 

Fortunately, the library has a foundation that actively raises funds for requested items and helps advocate for the library in the community. In the past the library has purchased

  • books to be given out to children for reading programs
  • expansion and enhancement of the Reading Garden
  • Launch Pad on the Go Kits
  • Sewing machines for classes

The foundation raises funds through

  • Used book sales
  • Annual appeal
  • Special events
  • Restaurant days

You can help

The foundation seeks donation of all amounts from people who want to make sure their public library is a strong community organization. All funds raised go directly to enhance and expand the services and programs of the library.

The 2017 tax reform law substantially increased the standard tax deduction limit. The unfortunate result was that charitable gifts dropped significantly as more Americans lost the benefit of itemized deductions.

On March 27, 2020, the CARES Act was signed into lawFor those that will claim the standard deduction (now $12,400 for singles and $24,800 for married couples filing jointly), the CARES Act added a $300 “above-the-line” deduction. This impacts approximately 90% of U.S. taxpayers. You can now deduct up to $300 even if you’re not itemizing on your tax return. Always consult your tax professional concerning your specific situation.

Consider making a donation today to support your library! To make a donation in person, please contact  Susan Dennison or call 847.279.2222.


2020 Foundation Board of Directors

Sheila Anderson

Nina Strezewski
Vice President

Steve Wetle

Rose Johnson

Melody Bickhem

Cathy Burns

Stephanie Demb

Terri Herzog

Neil Holman

Lakshmi Karpoor

Gene Looft

Mark Luboyeski

Christine Melone

Michael Putz

Rich Rosen

Kalsoom Saleem

Judy Zeller

2020 Meetings

Meetings are held on Wednesdays, 7 p.m. at the Indian Trails Library. All meetings are open to the public.

January 22 – Annual Meeting (offsite)

February 12

March 8 – Canceled

April 15 – Canceled

May 13 – Canceled

June 10

July 8 – Canceled

August 12

September 9

October 7

November 11

December 9 – no meeting held