The mission of the Crete Public Library Foundation is to seek out and develop sources of funding to enhance the library facility and provide materials that will expand and enrich the library’s resources.

The Foundation was established in 1994 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation to support the library with private funds. A Board of Directors manages the Foundation. The Directors are responsible for fundraising and the distribution of all acquired contributions to benefit the library.


The Foundation has provided funds for the following library projects, among others:
Building project
Stone fireplace
Circulation desk
Landscaping projects
Commemorative walkway & patio
Commemorative gardens
Automation projects
Computer system purchases & upgrades
Equipment projects
Multimedia LCD projector & DVD player
Microform reader/printer
Collection projects
Portrait of a Photographer sculpture by Bruce Fink

The Foundation provides expanded opportunities for the library to support our community and community events, as well. For instance, the Foundation made a $1000 donation to support local students participating in the Odyssey of the Mind academic competition. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and approximately 25 other countries participate in the program.

Foundation Officers

President Tom Hysell
Vice President Vacant
Secretary Tom Hysell
Treasurer Rebecca Nagle

Anyone interested in applying for a position on the Foundation Board should contact the library’s Executive Director at 708-672-8017.