March 21, 2019 Island Within A City Committee Meeting Minutes

The Meeting of the Eisenhower Public Library District Board of Trustees Island Within A City Committee March 21, 2019
President Braun called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
Present: Braun, Ross, Magnelli, Parent, Magnuson.
Absent: Ringelstein, Sticha.
Also Present: Wittmann, Bacarella, and Committee members D. Parent, McPhillips, Massaro, Blubaugh, M. Dobrzycki, Lewis (7:23 P.M.), Stam (7:26 P.M.), Sticha (7:28 P.M.) V. Bitters (7:30 P.M.), Sciaccotta (7:30 P.M.).
The committee greeted Mark Dobrzycki.
Trustee Magnelli moved, seconded by Trustee Ross, THAT THE MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING HELD MARCH 7, 2019 BE APPROVED.  A voice vote was taken and the motion carried.
Selection of Author–  
An associate of author Dan Pogorzelski, Mark Dobrzycki, attended the meeting. He advised that Dan was unable to attend. He said he met with Dan and that they are all set and ready to write the book. They have an idea of how they want to write the book. He advised that he has lived in Harwood Heights since 1976 and he knows a lot of people in town. He said he will make sure the book represents things in an accurate way. Mark was asked what his timetable would be for writing the book. Mark advised that Dan Pogorzelski wrote the book Avondale and Chicago’s Polish Village and he contributed to Dan’s book in written or photographic form. Mark asked the committee what they expect in the book. Trustee Parent responded that the scope of the book should be from 1990 to the present. The consensus of the committee is that the book needs to be more engaging then the last book. The Library has started collecting audio of people from the community. This is an ongoing project. Mark was asked how long it would take to write the book, their process, and if he was to break his process into three different parts and what parts would that be. Mark responded that there would be basic research, a preliminary write up, and then they would divide the information into chapters (region of history). He said there is no definitive time line but it should take about 3-4 months for the basic research, and then they would prepare the text. There would then be the editing process. He advised that the arranging the book would be at a faster pace, and then they maybe would check in every other month. The committee advised that they would like the book done in about a year. Mark responded that he thinks that is very possible. Dan also said that he is very familiar with Harwood Heights, and he founded and created the Chamber of Commerce. He advised that Frank Avino has great information on Norridge. He wants it to be a readable book and not a reference book. Mark advised that he graduated from Northwestern and worked at their paper as an Assistant Press editor. He also wrote for the Chicago Sun Times. He had to have great skills at details and accuracy working there. Director Wittmann asked Mark what the terms of their fee would be. Mark advised that he does not have an answer on this, but they can work with the committee on this. He said that they are doing it for the love of this community. The committee asked Mark what his details would be after the basic research and how the writing and editing would flow. Mark advised that he would first gain information, and then find out which areas are important. He thinks it will take two to three months for writing and preparing the script of the book. He advised that they would then meet with the committee and make sure they have areas covered and find out where they need to make changes and adjustments. They would then write a book that would be entertaining and informative. He said that they would need to find out how soon the publisher can get it done. He also mentioned that editing is very important. Dawn Parent asked Mark who would actually write the book since he advised that there would be three authors, including himself. Mark advised that there would be continuity in the book and a similar theme throughout the book and that the read needs to be smooth. He said they would keep it to two to three writers. Dawn Parent advised that if there are three writers, how they you keep it consistent. Mark advised that they would put in 100% in to the book. The committee asked Mark about what they would possibly charge to write the book. He responded that he thinks it will cost about $15,000. He is eager and excited about this project. He loves this community and it is his home. Mark told the committee a story of him working at M&M Mars when he was younger. His approach to the book would be to put more into it then he would receive in payment.   
Mark Dobrzycki left the meeting at 7:30 P.M. 
Director Wittmann asked the committee which author they would recommend to the Board. Trustee Braun liked Laura Enright. Dawn Parent’s fear is about having multiple writers and an inconsistency of voices. She feels that with multiple writers you remove the personality and the work comes up dry. Rich Massaro mentioned that he was unaware that Mark was a writer. Penny Blubaugh thinks Laura Enright would do an excellent job. Dan McPhillips thinks Laura was very engaging. Scott Parent thinks they are further behind then Laura. Trustee Ross thinks Laura would be the best choice and will do the best job. Trustee Magnelli felt the same way. The recommendation of the committee would be to hire Laura Enright.
Next Meeting Date–   
The committee will meet a week after the Gala on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7 P.M.
Dawn Parent advised that as the close of the Friends meeting last night she was voted in as President of the Friends. The Committee congratulated her. 
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 7:40 P.M.