Palatine Library Patrons Read Over 5000 Books

Posted by: KielC | Posted on: Feb 01 2017

Palatine Bank & Trust and Warehouse Direct EACH Donate $1000 to JOURNEYS ǀ The Road Home

Congratulations to the participants in the Palatine Library Winter Reading Challenge for reading over 5000 books! For the second year in a row, participating in the reading program became an opportunity to help the community. Palatine Bank & Trust, and Warehouse Direct partnered with the Library to each donate $1000 to JOURNEYS ǀ The Road Home, if 5000 books were read by the end of the program. Library patrons’ response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic; the goal was met by January 25, with a final count of 7014 – surpassing last year’s 6097 books read.

Anthony Auston, Palatine Library Director, with Palatine Bank & Trust Branch Manager Bridget Witt, and Warehouse Direct Sales Manager Neil Bruns, presented the donation check to, Suzanne Ploger, Director of Development for JOURNEYS ǀ The Road Home, on January 31. “Thank you to Palatine Bank & Trust and Warehouse Direct, and all Winter Reading participants for helping JOURNEYS continue to provide shelter, social services, and housing to the homeless and those at risk in suburban Northern/Northwestern Cook County. As we continue to experience an increase in the number of individuals coming to us for assistance, now up to an average of 65-80 a day, these generous donations will help to support the programs and supportive services provided at our HOPE Center.” said Ms. Ploger. For additional information, visit

The Library’s Winter Reading Program started December 26 and finished on January 31. When readers completed the requirements, they were entered into a grand prize drawing by age category (child, teen, or adult) for a chance to win a gift basket filled with prizes generously donated by 23 Palatine-area businesses.  “We’re grateful for our business sponsors and their partnership with the Library. Together we help to foster a more vibrant community for our residents,” said Auston.  Sixteen lucky winners of the Reading Challenge gift baskets will be notified, and their names can be found on our website this week.