Do you have someone on your gift list, a very special someone, who is just impossible to shop for? Why not consider naming something in honor of him or her? If you like that idea, contact the Glen Ellyn Public Library where you can purchase a “naming opportunity.” Imagine a special corner of the reading room named for your loved one. Maybe the play area of the children’s room would be just the thing. For the right price you can name the entire building. That would cost you $5 million! But for a more modest $500, a bench outside the building can be dedicated to an individual. If you want to read about the whole program, here’s the examiner.com article that explains it.
I must add a personal comment here. Way back in 2003, when Chicagoans were trying to wrap their mouths around the idea of calling Comiskey Park (aka Sox Field) U. S. Cellular Field, I half seriously suggested to the then director of Evanston Public Library that we should jump on the naming bandwagon, too. We joked around about possible candidates (NU, Whole Foods, Hecky’s), and that was that. Now it’s really happening at Glen Ellyn Public Library. This just proves that one person’s crazy it’ll-never-really-fly idea is another’s fund raising tactic.