The Meeting of the Eisenhower Public Library District Board of Trustees Island Within A City Committee April 20, 2023.
CALL TO ORDER
President Braun, called the meeting to order at 7:01 P.M.
Present: Ross, Braun, Magnuson, Krebs, Parent.
Absent: Magnelli, Ringelstein.
Also Present: Wittmann, Bacarella, Tomzik, Bitters V. committee members McPhillips, Rich Massaro, Furfori (7:20 P.M.), Blubaugh (7:22 P.M.), Lewis (7:27 P.M.).
Absent: committee member Stam.
Declaration by the Board President that a fully in-person meeting is not Practical or Prudent because of COVID.
RECOGNITION OF VISITORS
There were no visitors present.
There were no public comments.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Trustee Parent moved, seconded by Trustee Ross, THAT THE ISLAND WITHIN A CITY COMMITTEE MINUTES HELD March 16, 2023. A roll call vote was taken and the results were as follows: AYES Magnuson, Ross, Parent, Krebs, Braun. NAYS None. ABSENT Magnelli, Ringelstein. The motion carried.
ISLAND WITHIN A CITY BOOK COMMITTEE
Stacy gave Julie’s update. She finished the transcriptions of the Community Kindness Day Group and Trustee Ringelstein’s group of Ridgewood Class of 2024 graduates. She heard back from Anthony at Rex’s and they will be setting up an interview for early May. She spoke with Mark Fritsch and he has agreed to do an interview in early May about the championship Little League team. Frank Avino offered to get her set up with an interview with Senator Martwick. She contacted Dan and Arlene about either writing an essay or setting up an interview in early May. She asked Joanna at the Village of Norridge to write up her story of how she got involved with the village helping Myron Petrakis and how she got her job there. Elsa Volpe is looking for things about the creation of the Chamber. She has some things to scan. Julie is trying to get Elsa to do a joint interview with Mark Dobrzycki, as they were the ones who got the Chamber off the ground. She contacted Nuccio about writing an essay or doing an interview on growing up here and locating his business here. Larry Steiner gave her the contact information for a woman who lived in the house his daughter owns. The women graduated from Ridgewood in 1958. She asked Larry to maybe write an essay. Dan reported that Mark Dobrzycki and Mark Dipierro will reach out also for an interview. Staff is working on doing research on topics. Trustee Braun wrote an essay. It will be located in the Google drive.
Expand the Dates of the Stories Contained in the Book—
Trustee Parent said they should narrow their scope, not just in years. He thinks having a period starting from the last book gives them a structure. If they could engineer a way of attaching these things as prelude, or introduction material connecting themes without breaking for the general kind of constraint since the last book. He thought it may be a great way to still get all the good material. Dan reported that he only had about eleven essays so far. He said some go beyond the scope of 30 years. Trustee Krebs said the people who want to read this book are people from the two villages and they probably won’t care when things happened they will just be interested in the stories. The committee decided to retain the overall structure of the past 30 years, but to stay flexible and accept essays beyond that scope that could act as connective material and context for the ones that cover more recent years.
Proposed Chapter One—
Director Wittmann advised that she is still working on Chapter One. She advised that she has been doing all types of research. She is looking for specifics of businesses that are no longer here. When she does the research, it goes into deeper stories and things that can’t be written. A lot of times when a business closes it doesn’t get written about. She has a solid start on a draft of Chapter One. She will talk about the impact of businesses closing instead of the facts as to why they closed. Rich reported that for Norridge they should start writing from when Earl Field was mayor. He made a lot of zoning changes. Director Wittmann will have a draft next month.
Director Wittmann advised that they will have to extend the May 31st deadline. The committee will defer to the committee chairs about extending the deadline.
Next Meeting Date—
The committee will meet next on June 15, 2023 at 7:00 P.M.
Trustee Ross moved, seconded by Trustee Magnuson, THAT THE MEETING BE ADJOURNED. A roll call vote was taken and the results were as follows: AYES Magnuson, Ross, Parent, Krebs, Braun. NAYS None. ABSENT Magnelli, Ringelstein. The motion carried. The Committee Meeting was adjourned at 7:30 P.M.