Joliet Public Library Helps Provide Supplies to Spanish Community Center with Giving Tree Drive

Community Engagement Officer, Denise Zielinski, stands with boxes of donations from the Giving Tree Drive.

JOLIET –Over 15 boxes of winter clothing and art supplies were collected and delivered to the Spanish Community Center (SCC) in Joliet thanks to the 3rd Annual Giving Tree Drive at the Joliet Public Library. Donations were collected at the library in November and December.

Donated items ranged from winter scarves, mittens, hats, ear muffs and sweaters to art supplies like crayons, cotton balls, and glue sticks. All of the items requested benefit children who receive services at the SCC.

The SCC provides services such as a weekly food pantry, employment services, legal assistance, adult education, immigration services and day care services. The SCC is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to addressing the needs of the community regardless of race or ethnic origin. Visit for more information.

Denise Zielinski, Community Engagement Officer at the Joliet Public Library, organized the Giving Tree.

"We are so thankful for the generosity that the Joliet Community has shown this year during the Giving Tree Drive," said Zielinski. "Our library is committed to partnering with other organizations in our area to provide not only winter essentials, but supplies that promote learning and growth."

The Joliet Public Library is a resource for the Joliet community to read, explore, ask and discover. For more information, visit or call 815-740-2660. Library hours are Monday- Thursday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm, Friday –Saturday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 pm.

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