Donate & Volunteer
Our Library is a financially challenged Library, and as such donations are always appreciated. The Sugar Grove Public Library welcomes gifts, donations, endowments, and planned giving that support the Library mission and scope of service. All donations may be subject to Director or Board approval depending upon the nature of the donation.
DONATE - Amazon Smile Wishlist
We have created a wishlist of day-to-day items, needs for programming, office supplies, and also unique items for the collection. You may order from the list and items will be shipped directly to the Library.
How to Order:
If you use the "Smile.Amazon" (instead of just Amazon.com) you may select a charity or not-for-profit of your choice. Our Smile.Amazon account donates .05% of every order to the Friends of the Library. Not only will you be assisting the Library by ordering something from our wishlist, the Friends of the Library will benefit. Make sure you select the Friends of the Sugar Grove Library NFP as your cause of choice.
After that - for any Smile.Amazon account OR on regular Amazon - please go to the "Find a List" section and put in the Sugar Grove Library. You will see a picture of our Library on the profile. Select us, and then you can review what we have on the wishlist. It will be updated every month.
You may GO HERE TO VIEW LIST Smile.Amazon
You may GO HERE TO VIEW LIST in the regular Amazon site
Thank you for supporting the Sugar Grove Public Library!
How many books or other items can I donate?
Please limit your donations to two boxes at a time, or about 25 books/items. We are very limited on storage space and staff time. Please go through each item and ensure it meets the guidelines below. When you drop off your books, please provide your own bag/box. We can not unload your books and give you back your container.
What items can I donate?
We accept books, DVDs, video games, and CDs in gift-giving condition*.
*Gift-giving condition generally means that the book is not yellowed, worn, ripped, or out of date. It generally means that it is a book published recently.
We will NOT accept the following items:
- VHS tapes
- Cassette tapes
- Books with water damage, mold/mildew, cigarette odors, cobwebs, or yellowed/worn/torn.
- Free pamphlets, local directories, yearbooks, workbooks, & coloring books.
Where can I go to donate materials that are not accepted here?
- Goodwill, 481 E. Countryside Parkway, Yorkville, IL 60560
- Beautiful U Thrift Store, 112 North Main St, Elburn, IL
- Goodwill, 1901 Hill Avenue, Montgomery, IL 60538
- Goodwill, 450 N Randall Rd, Batavia, IL 60510
- Salvation Army, 1590 Douglas Rd, Montgomery, IL 60538
- A local church, school, charity, or other miscellaneous donation sites.
Do you provide a donation receipt?
Yes, we provide a signed donation slip upon request. We do not provide a value amount of your donation.
What do you do with donations?
Donations not added to the collection go to the Sugar Grove Library Friends Used Book Sale (currently this is located in the Now Space and is only 4 shelves), Discover Books, or Goodwill. Once your item has been donated, we can’t follow up with you regarding where your donation goes.
Why don’t you add all donations to the library collection?
Donations must meet our collection development standards. We will not add a second copy of a book we already own, a book that contains outdated information, or a book that is not popular and won't circulate. Our goal is to keep our collection current and relevant to the community. In addition, donations cost $5-$8 to add to the library collection. The cost includes materials used to prepare the book including book covers, barcodes, original record creation, and staff time.
Donate to the P.A.C.T Fund
The Programs and Community Together Fund, or P.A.C.T. began in 2015 with a generous and anonymous donation to the Library. This donation was specifically earmarked for programs with priority given to ones that benefit adults or community at large. Since the emergence and ongoing support of the P.A.C.T. fund an incredible range of programs has been presented and well attended by the community.
Donations given to support the P.A.C.T are readily accepted.
Volunteers keep shelves organized, shelve books, take care of the grounds (weeding, planting, cleaning outside), assist during the summer reading program, and help with other special projects and events. The library would not function without the help of our strong volunteer team. Volunteers are extremely valued members of our library team!
We are currently looking for Circulation Volunteers to help with shelf reading (keeping the shelves of the library organized and clean).
TEEN VOLUNTEER Opportunities
Teen Library Leaders
- Teens in grades 6-12 are encouraged to join our Teen Library Leaders monthly program. During this program, teens help create displays, discuss what types of books and programs the library should have, and help with other creative projects in the Teen Department. This is a great opportunity to socialize with other teens who also love their library! One hour of community service is earned for each meeting.
- To register, check the calendar and search "Teen Library Leaders" meetings. PLEASE NOTE: This program is on hiatus during COVID-19.
Teen Summer Volunteers
- Please note: this program is on hiatus during COVID-19.
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