The Meeting of the Eisenhower Public Library District Board of Trustees Island Within A City Committee August 11, 2022.
CALL TO ORDER
President Braun, called the meeting to order at 6:30 P.M.
Present: Braun, Parent, Krebs, Magnuson, Magnelli.
Absent: Ringelstein, Ross.
Also Present: Bacarella. Committee members Stacy Wittmann, Rich Massaro, Penny Blubaugh, Julie Stam.
Absent: Dawn Parent and Dan McPhillips.
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
There were no minutes to be approved.
ISLAND WITHIN A CITY BOOK COMMITTEE
Identify Importance of Each Topic
Director Wittmann advised that at the end of the last meeting they talked about identifying why each of the topics should be included in the book because it would help drive the introductory pages. She advised that she wrote up some general essay prompts and she gave them to the committee. She advised that she felt that the length of essays should be kept to 250-500 words. Trustee Braun, Trustee Magnelli, and Penny all agreed that they would like to discuss the general essay prompts first.
Discussion of Essay Prompts
The committee discussed the general essay prompts that Director Wittmann created. Trustee Parent thought that the first prompt was good but that other prompts did not directly connect to the last 30 years. Director Wittmann said that they could fix that by stating, “Please keep your memories to the last 30 years”. Trustee Parent responded that there were a few things he would like added to the prompts. What is the most interesting thing to happen in Norridge or Harwood Heights in the last 30 years? If your family moved into the community in the last 30 years why? In addition, if your family lived here in the last 30 years why have you stayed or what has kept you here? Trustee Braun recommended they could just add a date range to the beginning of the prompts. Rich asked how people would respond to these prompts. Director Wittmann responded that they would be open it to anyone, they would supply prompts to the schools, in a newsletter, and possibly a special mailing to the community. Trustee Magnuson thought that the essay prompts were good, but they may not match their topics. Director Wittmann responded that her prompts were just general and that they could create specific prompts to match their topics. Penny wanted to focus more on Norridge and Harwood Heights in the prompts. Trustee Braun recommended that they create a bullet list of topics as prompts. Trustee Magnuson recommended that people submit their memories about the topics. She thought that they could go through each topic and if there is a prompt, they could pull out of it. Director Wittmann advised that she would come up with prompts under some of the topics and bring it back to the committee.
Trustee Magnelli advised that they should have an area in the book that includes some stories or short narratives that were more than 30 years old. Trustee Krebs advised that maybe they should have a chapter dedicated to subjects older than 30 years. Director Wittmann advised that they could write a chapter on “how they got here”. Rich thinks there should be some overlap. Julie Stam recommended putting together a timeline of things that happened up to 1990. Director Wittmann advised that if they put it in the beginning of the book they could have a link to a wiki. Director Wittmann would like the committee to send her some of those stories that happened before 1990. Julie thought the general prompts should be sent to the schools. Penny agreed because the prompts that Director Wittmann created were general enough to send to the schools. Director Wittmann advised that they could put the generalized prompts in the winter newsletter.
Penny Blubaugh left the meeting at 7:13 P.M.
Next Meeting Date
The next meeting will take place Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 6:30 P.M.
There was no other business.
Trustee Parent moved, seconded by Trustee Krebs, THAT THE MEETING BE ADJOURNED. A Roll Call Vote on the Motion was taken and the results were as follows: AYES Magnuson, Parent, Krebs, Magnelli, Braun. NAYS None. ABSENT Ringelstein, Ross. The motion carried. The Committee Meeting was adjourned at 7:15 P.M.