Join the Friends of the Library
Join the Friends group and help to raise funds and provide programs for the public. The Friends run an ongoing book sale at the Library, host an annual Holiday Book Sale, and meet throughout the year to organize fundraising efforts and plan programs. Learn more here.
Contribute to the Library Foundation
The Pauline Haass Public Library Foundation is a citizen advocacy organization that exists to provide supplemental funding for projects, equipment, or startup services that are beyond the scope of the municipality-financed PHPL budget. Learn more here.
Donate Books and Other Materials
PHPL accepts donations of gently used books, movies and music for use in the Library’s collection or for the Friends of the Library book sale. All proceeds of the book sale go to the Library.
You can also participate in the Gifts Program. This is a unique and memorable way to honor a person, group, occasion or milestone through a donation for the purchase of library materials. Please contact 262-246-5180 for more information about the Gifts Program.
All donations to the library are tax deductible.
PHPL loves volunteers! We have many members of our community currently volunteering their time to help in different areas of the Library. If you would like to volunteer, please call 262-246-5180 or stop by the Library for more information.
Buy a Brick
Since 1995 the library has raised more than $40,000 by selling personalized bricks which are installed on the exterior plaza between the library and nearby Civic Center.
Originally a fundraiser which helped to meet the $150,000 challenge by Quad/Graphics, the bricks continue to be a way for people to help the library in a highly visible way while generating additional revenue for materials (books, movies, magazines, etc.).
Many people have used the bricks to memorialize or honor someone, while others have shown their support for the library by having their own names inscribed. Whenever possible, multiple bricks for a family are placed near each other.
Bricks are installed annually, but they can be purchased any time during the year. Bricks orders are usually placed in late summer, with installation in the fall.
The cost of a 4” x 8” brick (with either two or three lines of text) is $110, of which approximately $80 goes directly to the library. New this year are 8” x 8” bricks, which offer six lines of text. These larger bricks are $200 each, of which approximately $160 goes directly to the library.
Donors may pick one of four choices for use of the remaining money: any area of need, children’s materials, young adult materials, or adult materials. All orders must be paid in advance.