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The Friends of the Library

Who We Are

The Friends of the Tinley Park Public Library began on June 15, 1957 with their first meeting being held at the Tinley Park Village Hall.  The Friends were no strangers to scrubbing floors; gathering, packing, unpacking, and shelving books; and painting.  The call to help with a new building was a challenge which the brave 37-member group was up to and ready to embrace.  Today the Friends are proud to have over 150 members and actively conduct a variety of fundraising ventures on an ongoing and yearly basis.  The Friends support the library and give back to the community through a wealth of welcoming and exciting ways.  They continue to take pleasure in embracing the library they love and supporting the community they live in believing that a good public library is vital to the intellectual, cultural, and social growth of our community.

The Friends help the library in countless ways by conducting fundraisers which support special events and library programs, as well as the purchasing of library furnishings and artwork.  Members organize and maintain the Friends Book Store, just inside the entrance to the library.  They also raise money through the sale of candy bars, book bags, and other items.  

What We Do

  • We have the opportunity to work in the Book Store organizing and Maintaining gently used books and items for sale.
  • We assist at special library functions.
  • We sponsor various programs and projects for the library.
  • We promote the arts at the library through our Sunday Afternoon Concert Series and bi-annual theatre trips along with the artwork that is displayed throughout the building.
  • We offer: reusable book bags at a reasonable price, a bi-annual residential shredding event
  • We volunteer at special events held at the library.
  • We furnish equipment and materials that are beyond the library's budget.

What We Have Contributed

Take a Video Tour of the Art @ TPPL

All of the pieces featured in this video were donated by the Friends of the Library

Library Building (Public and Staff Areas)

  • Book baskets
  • Book carts for Bookmobile
  • CD/DVD Disc Cleaner
  • Canopy over the Friends' Book Store doorway
  • Chair back repairs
  • Donations to Outreach Services
  • Easels
  • Electronic marquee
  • Interior signage
  • Materials for the collection
  • Outdoor benches (3)
  • Paperback shelving
  • Piazza Display System in Youth Services
  • Poster frames
  • Security Cameras
  • Sun shades for west windows in Youth Services

Library Furnishings

  • Computer tables and chairs in Youth Services
  • New book shelves throughout the building
  • New cabinets for staff offices and computer room
  • Sitting area furniture in the fireplace area
  • Seating and study areas in Youth Services

Arts and Entertainment (Fireplace Area)

  • You Throw I Catch classical cymbal by Marikay P. Whitlock
  • Irish Suite by Kimberly Wallace
  • Stained glass windows by Patti Rose of Rosey Accents
  • Wall sculpture by Sylvia M. Koch on the east wall

Quiet Reading Room

  • Abraham Lincoln Sculpture
  • United States flag
  • Bench and sculpture Booked For a Day by Dan Hill
  • Social Butterfly sculpture by Merry Karraker

Youth Services

  • The Open Mind sculpture by Phyllis Decker

Meeting Room

  • Yamaha Piano
  • Cordless microphone

Board Room

  • State flag of Illinois


  • Sponsored a bench in relation to Benches on the Avenue (2 yrs.) Picasso's Playground at the Fine Arts Fair (2 yrs.)


  • Adult programming:
  • An Afternoon with Billy Pierce
  • Chocolate Tasting
  • Cooking programs
  • Dinner and a Movie
  • Murder Mystery Night
  • Oh, Just Bury Me in the Backyard
  • P.I.C. Dinner event
  • Birthday Bash
  • Holiday Gift Packages
  • Residential Shredding Event
  • Sunday Afternoon Concert series
  • Youth Services concerts
  • Youth Services programming