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What has been a dream for decades is now attainable. The Hinckley Public Library District has been a tenant in the Hinckley Community Building since it was built in 1926. The library occupies 2,850 square feet of basement space, complete with all the challenges of a nearly 100-year-old building. Persistent flooding causes an unsafe work environment and requires hours of cleanup. Staff and patrons with mobility issues are limited in their use of the small space with its uneven flooring and difficult elevator. The meeting spaces directly above the library produce incredible noise during community events.
The library is community hub. We partner with the Hinckley Area Food Pantry to hand out bags of food to kids in need on a weekly basis and coordinate an annual holiday Giving Tree to provide gifts to low-income families in the community. We offer a Summer Reading Program that helps to prevent summer learning loss in students. More than 10,000 patrons visit the library each year to attend programs, check out books, use the public computers, and connect with each other.
In December 2020 the library received the donation of a 5,900 square foot building in the heart of downtown Hinckley. This single-story structure will solve our accessibility problems and allow us to rejuvenate a very visible piece of the community’s image. To turn the former Hinckley Medical Center into the new home of the library will require major renovation. Your donations will go directly toward renovation costs on this new community-centered space.
Charitable contributions made to public libraries may be tax-deductible under section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. If your organization requires the recipient to have a 501(c)3 status to consider donating, please contact us to arrange for the donation to be accepted by the 501(c)3 Fund for Illinois Libraries.