Sandburg Circle

Become a Sandburg Circle member

Power Your Library

Donors to the Sandburg Circle are members of the Library Foundation’s leadership-level giving group. Through annual investments of $1,000 or more, Sandburg Circle members accelerate learning and personal growth across Chicago through the programming and resources available at Chicago Public Library’s 81 neighborhood branches.
In recognition of their generous support, we invite Sandburg Circle members to enjoy special receptions with leading talents, reserved seating at literary events, behind-the-scenes insights into the Library’s work, and much more.
Help transform lives through the power of our public library. Become a Sandburg Circle member today.

Chicago Public Library Foundation

Dollar-to-Impact Comparisons

Your Gift Powers Impact and Empowers Chicagoans

The Sandburg Society helps open minds, strengthen communities, and change lives. Consider what our annual gift can help accomplish at Chicago Public Library:

$1,000 provides over 150 kids the opportunity to engage in free STEAM-based educational programming through the Summer Learning Challenge.

$2,500 brings technology access to YOUmedia teen spaces throughout the branch network. Expanding the impact of teen creativity and opening up the world of opportunity.

$5,000 infuses an early learning space with colorful toys, books, and programs grounded in the five practices of early literacy—Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play.

$7,500 underwrites the annual Maker in Residence program, which introduces patrons to high-tech tools available in the city’s only free makerspace.

$10,000 supports a full day of professional development for our digital literacy tutors

The Chicago Public Library Foundation is proud to have earned four stars, the highest possible rating, from the trusted nonprofit evaluation site Charity Navigator.

Your Support Opens Doors to Opportunity

Bridging the Academic Achievement Gap
With your investment, Chicago students and families can access free homework help, tools for supporting children’s language development, year-round STEAM content for curious young minds—and our librarians stay up to date on the very latest in library learning practices.

Sparking Connection & Creativity for All
At the Library, ideas come to life. Your support activates everything from maker spaces stocked with 21st century tools to special collections that archive our city’s history to discussions with the most thought-provoking authors of our time.

Closing the Digital Divide
Too many Chicagoans lack the skills and confidence they need to access online employment, educational, and civic resources. Through 1:1 help, user-friendly video modules, and small group classes, donor-supported mentors help these patrons master the digital world.


Donor Benefits

Sandburg Circle members enjoy special recognition and benefits to connect with the Library and our community of supporters.

  • Priority seating at all Author Series events
  • Invitations to private receptions with Library guest speakers
  • Subscription to the Bookmark newsletter
  • A complimentary copy of the annual One Book, One Chicago selection
  • Invitations to the Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner and Night in the Stacks events
  • Acknowledgement in the annual impact report

All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. The Chicago Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization: EIN 36-3480353.