August 15, 2019 Island Within A City Committee Minutes

The Meeting of the Eisenhower Public Library District Board of Trustees Island Within A City Committee August 15, 2019
President Braun, called the meeting to order at 6:35 P.M.
Present: Ringelstein, Ross, Braun, Magnelli, Magnuson, Parent, Adams         
Absent: McPhillips, and Massaro.
Also Present: Bacarella, committee members Stacy Wittmann, Penny Blubaugh, Dawn Parent, and Author, L. Enright.
Laura Enright attended the meeting.
There were no public comments. 
a. Presentation from Laura Enright of Research of Subject
Laura Enright discussed her research of the book and she advised that she is trying to find a direction for the project. She is concentrating on the last 30-40 years. She is trying to make it more personal. She reported that she is learning a lot during her research. She mentioned that what strikes her about the two towns is that they are not that big. Norridge and Harwood Heights both have average populations, and they still have a lot to offer in industry, local businesses, restaurants, etc. She wants get this point across in the book. She feels that there is something magical about the two towns and she would like to portray this in the book. There is a great amount of shopping, manufacturing, bars, restaurants, which is amazing for these two small towns. Laura thinks the book should be; Island Within A City: A Celebration! This is what she wants to portray in the book. She likes the idea of the book being a celebration. Laura presented a bunch of pictures of her family that were here even before the town was incorporated. She showed a picture of the Landmark when her family owned it and a picture of the current Landmark Pub. She also showed pictures of local manufacturers, bars, restaurants, etc. She has met with many of the business owners and she is hoping to meet with more. She is going to reach out to the Villages, Fire, Police, Park and School Districts, churches, seniors, and community members. Trustee Ringelstein advised that she wants Laura to find out how everyone like the Village, Library, Schools and Municipalities all work together. Trustee Magnuson advised that the challenge both Villages face is that there is a large senior population and no undeveloped land. Committee member Dawn Parent wants to know what Laura felt what the threads were to pull the book together. Trustee Braun mentioned that she should reach out to some the Library Board members. Trustee Ringelstein advised that she has some stories and that she likes Laura’s personal interest. Trustee Parent mentioned that he was concerned that the book can read like the author’s personal memoirs. He does not think that is the direction they want to go in. He stated that he thinks Laura’s personal stories are a benefit and that they bring a lot to the project, but they should not obscure other stories.
b. Next Meeting Date 
Per the contract, December 1 is when the next deliverable is due. The committee will meet Thursday, December 5 at 7 P.M.  
No Report. 
Trustee Ross moved, seconded by Trustee Magnuson, THAT THE MEETING BE ADJOURNED.  A voice vote was taken and the motion carried. The Committee Meeting was adjourned at 8:00 P.M.