With circulation and usage on the rise at many libraries, officials are looking at unique ways to raise funds to buy books and materials to address that increase use, or to keep their buildings in good repair.
"We want people to experience the library like they never have before," said Kimberly Litland, director of the Brookfield Public Library. "We want them to have a glass of wine and see that the library is a fun place." That's why the Brookfield Library started in 2005 to hold Taste of Brookfield, an event that attracts about 200 people who can have a glass of wine or beer and taste samples provided by the village's different restaurants.
The Indian Prairie Public Library in Darien will host its Singin' in the Stacks event on Nov. 3. Tickets are $15, and party-goers will be able to rock out on stage to their favorite tunes and enjoy snacks and a cash bar. The goal of the event is to raise money for upgraded computers and software for children.
The Downers Grove Library has already held its own twist on a unique fundraiser this year, an 18-hole miniature golf tournament held in April inside the library. The library remained open while 400 players tried to hit golf balls into the holes.
-Annemarie Mannion @ Chicago Tribune