About Us

Friends of the Wauconda Area Library

The Friends of the Wauconda Area Library is a non-for-profit membership organization of caring community members who give gifts of time, energy, ideas and financial support to the library and its services. The Friends meet the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at the library.

Mission Statement


Executive Board

  • Pat Wise, President
  • Bryan Anderson, Vice-President
  • Mary Stevens,Treasurer 
  • Michelle Krofel, Secretary/Membership

Book Sales

The Friends sponsor one large used book sale in the fall and mini first Saturday book sales in the lobby every month. The Friends also maintain the "Book Nook" (located on the first floor in the library) offering used books, CDs, video games, and DVDs for sale on an on-going basis.

Become a Member

Membership is available to all invidiuals who are in agreement with our mission statement. Several membership categories are available: 

  • Individual ($10)
  • Senior ($3)
  • Lifetime ($100)
  • Corporate

Click here to complete an online application or here to print an application and return it to the library. Paper applications are also available at the Circulation Desk.

Book Donations

The Friends welcome gently used books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, board games, puzzles, and vinyl records. Your donations are accepted at any time. Small donations (one or two bags/boxes) may be dropped off at the Circulation Desk. Larger donations should be taken to the backdoor entrance on the lower level. If you need help with a larger donation, please call 847-526-6225 and we will arrange to have someone help you unload your donation.

Regretfully, we cannot accept donations of damaged or wet books, encyclopedias, textbooks, dictionaries, tax books, Reader's Digest Condensed Books, magazines, software, VHS tapes or cassette tapes.


Better Books - Under Construction

Books will be available for purchase at the following month's first Saturday lobby book sale. Please email us with your selections and we will have them ready for you at the next sale. Example: books posted the beginning of January will be available for purchase at February's First Saturday sale. 

Our Gifts to the Library

The money we raise through our book sale is used to pay for programs, materials, equipment, and patron services over and above the library's budget. In just the past seven years, the Friends have donated more than $86,000 to the library.  Many of the library's most popular items and programs have been funded by the Friends, including:

  • Library van
  • Electronic sign
  • Large aquarium in Kid City
  • Summer concert series
  • Author visits & reading programs
  • Kid City iPads & train table
  • TouchIt interactive screen
  • Kid City Self-checkout station
  • Staff Association