Annual donation from staff alumna benefits school and students at H-F

2014-03-01T00:00:00Z Annual donation from staff alumna benefits school and students at H-FFor The Times
March 01, 2014 12:00 am  • 

FLOSSMOOR | The library at Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School has again received an annual memorial donation from the family of former teacher and librarian Jean Keelan, allowing the school to add 50 new fiction and nonfiction titles of literary merit to its 35,000+ item collection.

Keelan was a teacher at H-F from 1969-1990. She first taught business classes, then went on to become a library media specialist. After her death in 1998, her family wanted to commemorate her life by setting up a fund to provide quality books for the school library. The H-F Foundation — a 501(c)3 organization that works to provide extra funds for scholarships, student clubs and organizations at H-F — has held, managed and disbursed the annual $1,000 donation to the library since the Keelan fund began in 1999. School librarians determine which items to purchase.

The collection of books added this year is currently on display at the school's library. It includes popular fictions books, such as "The Time Keeper" by Mitch Albom, "Sycamore Row" by John Grisham and "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd, plus nonfiction items, including "Treasury of Egyptian Mythology" by Donna Jo Napoli, "Five Billion Years of Solitude" by Lee Billings and "The President's Devotional: The Daily Readings that Inspired President Obama" by Joshua DuBois. The complete collection can be viewed online at

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