that a Public Library has always been an important part of any
community. Libraries granted me the opportunity not only to love books,
but to appreciate art, music, and other important parts of our culture.
To me, being a trustee on the Carol Stream Library Board would be like
being a teacher of sorts. I want to try to watch over our revered
facility. I want to help guard and maintain a building that houses not
only the traditional tools, but also the new materials that enhance
knowledge in our digital age.
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want the library to be a building that inspires people of every age to
partake in our many events that can enrich their lives. When we come
together to listen to readings, discuss books, or appreciate the arts,
we develop connections that foster positive relationships and strengthen
our ties to the community.
Do you support the
board's decision to put the library's Kuhn Road property on the market?
Would you support a sale or lease of the property? Would you ever
support construction of a new library in the village?
at this time because the real estate market is still unstable and the
asking price may not be realistic. Yes, I would support leasing the
property through an intergovernmental agreement between the Carol Stream
Library and the Park District or Village. Yes, Carol Stream is in need
of a new library and currently the needs of the community are difficult
to meet. We need a floor just for children and youth, between the ages
0-12 years, more classrooms, individual and group study rooms, larger
adult book sections and room to accommodate the expansion of future
technology. While this may not be feasible with the current budget and
local economy, these needs should be kept in mind for the future of the
What specifically will you do to improve the working relationship among board members?
will encourage everyone to understand that the role of a board member
is to set and implement policy and to support the professional staff in
their day to day management of library services. I will set an example
by being respectful of board members' opinions, whether I agree or not
and will demonstrate that I wish to serve the community rather than my
own personal agenda.I will promote the ideal among board members that
this is the community's library, not our personal library.
are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election
the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if
so, what is it?
To be a voice for the library within my
community and ensure that we have the resources it needs. For the
Library to thrive and remain a valuable asset to the community in the
21st century someone must step up. And why not me, Patricia Johnson? As a
candidate, I promise that when I am elected I will devote the
appropriate time and effort to carry out the duties and responsibilities
of library trustee. I want to reinforce and continue the long standing
tradition of watching out for our library, ethically and with sound
leadership. Our library was founded and governed over the past 50 years
by devoted public servants who paved the way for the future and brought
us the fine Library we now have. I am particularly interested in keeping
the taxpayers that fund us informed and to make sure everyone in our
community has free access to the wide variety of materials libraries
have to offer. This includes providing public access to the most current
technology available to assist school children with projects and help
adults find jobs and careers. I will encourage the board to provide the
library with the best and most affordable technological resources
Do you have a library card? How long have you had it? How often do you use it?
50 years, 20 years in Chicago and 30 years in Carol Stream. It is hard
to quantify, but I have borrowed and returned all types items that are
available. On many occasions I have used the computers and references
books for research.
What impact have economic and
technological changes had on libraries? How does a library remain
relevant? How should its role in the community change?
believe that the current economy has caused there to be a heavier demand
on our public libraries. People are taking advantage of access to free
movies, books and music. The computers are always in use as the cost of
owning a home computer for many in our community is out of reach. The
library continues to be a source of these materials in poor economic
times and for those who are otherwise economically disadvantaged. A
library must provide the public with programs that are relevant to
everyday life. I will advocate always being aware of new technology and
popular trends that will attract old and young alike. I'm aware that
change is inevitable and necessary for the future and I will embrace all
that the digital world has to offer. I believe it is essential for the
board to provide continuing education opportunities for the staff so
they can be informed on the most up to date developments in media and
technology. I will encourage the board to support the staff in
developing the best programs for the residents of Carol Stream. The
Library board should continue to listen to the community members and
encourage public participation at meetings. This way the board will know
if needs are being met and can respond to community concerns. If the
library continues to provide excellent service with current publications
and access to up-to-date computers and databases, the community will be
very well served. Personally, I would like to advocate for more
educational programs for adults, like computer training.
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Long-time resident of Carol Stream