Mount Prospect Public Library (MPPL) is saddened to announce the death of former Board Trustee Jackie Hinaber on Thursday, May 28. She was 78 years old.
MPPL extends its deepest condolences to Hinaber’s family and friends.
Hinaber was a beloved, long-time steward of the library and Mount Prospect community, and she served as a board trustee for 25 years. Hinaber was first elected to the Board in 1987 and served until 2011. She held all officer roles during her tenure, and was awarded Trustee of the Year in 2011 by the Illinois Library Association. She also served on the Board of North Suburban Library System (since renamed Reaching Across Illinois Library System) for six years, holding the office of president for two years.
“Jackie was a devoted member of our library community and stood as the example of public service,” said Executive Director Su Reynders. “She was a dear friend to many at the library and our hearts extend to her family during this time.”
A fierce advocate for the library, Hinaber was instrumental in the campaign to expand the building, connecting with residents, as well as elected officials to educate and give reason for the importance of a strong library within the community. Although the library went through a number of unsuccessful referenda, Hinaber would not be discouraged from going back to the drawing board to try again. After one such referenda fail, Hinaber, who served as Board President at the time, famously arrived at the library dressed in coveralls and painter’s cap with rolled plans in her arms stating, “If the Village won’t vote for it, we’ll just have to build it ourselves.”
Hinaber’s strong sense of civic duty and her involvement with numerous community groups gave her the ability to see the library from different angles. Her leadership and ability to provide a “steady hand on the rudder” gave stability to the Board.
“Jackie’s dedication to the library has left a permanent mark on many of us and her life’s work can be seen throughout the library,” added Library Board President Sylvia Haas.
Shortly after Hinaber was elected to the Board in 1987, she guided a search committee to recruit a successor for Executive Director Patricia Kelly who retired. In January 2019, the board of trustees appointed Hinaber to the Board again to fill a vacancy and to help lead in the search for a new executive director when Marilyn Genther retired after 27 years in the position.
After 24 years as a Trustee, Hinaber continued on her volunteer path, serving on the Library Foundation Board for eight years, collaborating on new fundraising ideas, including their annual Mini Golf event. For a period of time, she dressed as Mrs. Claus during the annual Teddy Bear Walk to the delight of many children and families. A passionate reader, she could often be seen walking through the library carrying a stack of books on her way to checkout before heading into a book discussion group program.
The family is arranging a private virtual memorial service. The library is providing support and counseling to staff.
Hinaber recently resigned from the Board in January 2020. The vacancy was posted with applications received prior to the state’s stay-at-home order. A successor will be appointed by members of the board at a future board meeting.