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: Collection Bins Are Out Now!

The next Book Sale will take place April 22–24 at Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills.

Donations of used books, CDs, and DVDs are being accepted now at Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills and Cook Park Library in Libertyville. Look for the collection barrels just inside the main entrances. Stop in any time during library hours: 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday; and 1–5 p.m. Sunday.


Have Books to Donate When the Collection Barrels Aren't Out?

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.


Make a Donation

If you'd like to make a monetary donation in support of the library and its services to the community, please complete the Donation Request Form. Submit completed form to Gabriella Pantle at the Cook Park Library.


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 donation bears a distinctive bookplate noting the donor's name and the name of the person or the occasion being remembered or celebrated.

Donation Request Form
Submit completed form to Gabriella Pantle at the Cook Park Library.


Donate a Tree

Honor a family member, commemorate the birth of a future reader, or remember a special occasion by donating a tree to the Aspen Drive Library. A 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.