From the Director

Apr 15th, 2015 | By | Category: Library Information

The River Forest Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the formation of the River Forest Public Library (RFPL) Foundation and the receipt of its first major gift.

Civic activist George Parry donated a total of $50,000, in part through a bequest, to foster the Library’s long-term goals. He and his wife Angela Parry, a retired art professor and educational advocate and innovator, were residents of River Forest for over 50 years and longtime supporters of the Library.

“This is a marvelous gift and augurs well for the success of the Foundation,” said Claudette Zobel, Library Board President. “We are so grateful to George and Angela, who were generous to the Library throughout their lives. Such commitment to the Library is both humbling and inspiring.”

“As a key focal point of Village life, as well as a gem of charm and historic architectural character, the Library is a treasured resource for all residents,” added Library Trustee Alice Calabrese-Berry.

“The Foundation will serve as a steward of donations for the Library and welcomes contributions such as the Parry gift to help ensure that River Forest residents continue to have access to the best resources a 21st century public library can provide,” said Joan O’Connor, Library Trustee and Chair of the Library Finance and Development Subcommittee.

Donations payable to the RFPL Foundation can be sent to the River Forest Library, at 735 Lathrop Avenue, River Forest, IL 60305, or to MB Financial Bank, c/o Susie Goldschmidt  at 7727 W. Lake Street, River Forest, IL 60305. Donations to the Foundation are fully tax deductible, as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

For more information, please visit the Library website at or contact Sophia Anastos, Library Director, at or 708-366-5205.

Yours in Library love,

Sophia Penelope Anastos

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  1. Beautiful … beautiful! Bravo RFPL! Well done …. well said! PM

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