A Special Meeting of the Eisenhower Public Library District Board of Trustees March 7, 2019
CALL TO ORDER
President Braun, called the meeting to order at 7:00 P.M.
Present: Ringelstein, Parent, Magnelli, Ross, Magnuson, Braun.
Also Present: Bacarella, and committee members Stacy Wittmann, Rich Massaro, Penny Blubaugh, and Dan McPhillips (7:08 P.M.).
Laura Enright (7:06 P.M.).
Absent Committee Member: D. Parent.
RECOGNITION OF VISITORS
No Comments were made.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE ISLAND WITHIN A CITY COMMITTEE MEETING
Trustee Parent moved, seconded by Trustee Magnuson, TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE FEBRUARY 21, 2019 ISLAND WITHIN A CITY COMMITTEE MEETING. A voice vote was taken and the motion carried.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES POLICY
Trustee Ross moved, seconded by Trustee Ringelstein, TO APPROVE THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES POLICY. A roll call vote was taken and the results were as follows: AYES: Magnelli, Ross, Braun, Ringelstein, Magnuson, Parent. NAYS: None. ABSENT: Sticha. The motion carried.
SERVING OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AT THE APRIL 6, 2019 GALA
Trustee Ringelstein moved, seconded by Trustee Ross, TO APPROVE THE SERVING OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AT THE APRIL 6, 2019 GALA. A voice vote was taken and the motion carried.
ISLAND WITHIN A CITY COMMITTEE
A. Selection of Author—
Trustee Ringelstein welcomed author Laura Enright. She asked Laura what her vision was for writing the Island Within A City book. Laura advised that she grew up in Harwood Heights and she has a lot of background with the village. Her grandfather owned the Landmark Pub located in Harwood Heights and her father was on the Library Board. Her father Dennis owned Enright electrical. She would like to see what the big stories are of each decade in each city and go from there. She worked at the Park Ridge Library for 15 years and is currently working at Glenview Public Library. She has seen how libraries have changed over the years. She said libraries are becoming more like community centers. She thinks the interviews for the book is a great idea and they will help sell the book. She thinks you need a connection and you need to sell the idea to the communities. You can build this into a big historical archive. She advised that she needs to see what research is available. In the 1980’s and 90’s there was a big growth spurt with businesses and houses in the area. She spoke of some ways you can gather information to go in the book. She said we can do a couple programs with a moderator and people can come and tell their stories. She said we can ask the citizens if they have any photos. When you can engage the community it lets them know how valuable you are. She would like to approach the book with humor and keep it lighthearted.
Trustee Parent would like to know Laura’s process and what kind of byproducts she envisions coming from her research. Laura responded by giving an example of a book she is interested in writing about the Bushman gorilla. She advised that it is a very interesting story. There is the art of the gorilla capture, and the history of the Lincoln Park Zoo and their primate program. The point she made by her story is that she may have one thing when going into writing the book but then it turns into something else. She thinks she can come up with a lot of different ideas.
Trustee Ringelstein asked her how long she thinks it would take her to write the book. Laura advised that it will probably take about 6 months but no more than a year. She stated that she will create and come up with ideas but ultimately it is what the library wants. She can submit chapters to the board to review to see if she is going in the right direction and if they have any ideas for her.
Trustee Parent asked at how much time she would allow for each stage of the book writing. Laura advised that she would gather the data first, then write, and then tweak it. She thinks each phase should take about three months.
Dan McPhillips advised that the former Business Manager Linda Woyner interviewed former Board Member Ruth Igoe. The interview session was recorded.
Director Wittmann advised that we have a ton of photos. She also advised that they are asking people who come to the Gala to bring pictures they may of the community and the library will digitalize them. Those who have photos will be asked if the library can use the photos and if so they will be asked to sign a release. Laura Enright left the meeting at 7:40 P.M.
Penny advised that she heard from Dan Pogorzelski last week and he advised that he was going to be here tonight. He told Penny he was interested in the project.
Trustee Ringelstein wanted to hear from the committee on their thoughts about Laura writing the book. The overall committee members were extremely impressed with Laura. Rich really liked Laura. Trustee Magnelli said, “he liked her at hello” and she showed up. Trustee Ringelstein likes that she is engaging. Director Wittmann advised that she likes that she would take our feedback into account and that there would be a open line of communication. She thinks she has a personal investment in it. She thinks it would be fun to work with her. Trustee Ringelstein likes the fact that that they would work with one author. She likes that Laura is excited. Trustee Magnuson advised that she would be easy to work with and she knows the area. Trustee Braun said he can see her evolving outside of the author role. She can assist in what questions to ask people. Trustee Parent advised he was very impressed with her enthusiasm. He liked her timeline and he thinks it is something we can easily wrap in a process that balances freedom and oversight. There is nothing that concerns him about her. He does not want to vote yet because he would like to see another option. She has been much more responsive than the other author. He also advised that if we are up against a deadline we can make the decision, but he thinks it makes sense to hold off. The committee will give Dan Pogorzelski the opportunity to attend the next committee meeting and they will make a decision at that time. They would like to have a decision made by the Gala and the chosen author can attend the Gala. Trustee Braun said we should wait until the March 21, 2019 board meeting and see if Dan Pogorzelski can attend.
B.Next Meeting Date—
The committee will meet again before the March 21, 2019 regular board meeting at 7:00 P.M.
Trustee Ross moved, seconded by Trustee Parent, THAT THE MEETING BE ADJOURNED. A voice vote was taken and the motion carried. The Committee Meeting was adjourned at 7:56 P.M.