The Meeting of the Eisenhower Public Library District Board of Trustees Island Within A City Committee June 02, 2022
CALL TO ORDER
Vice President Magnelli called the meeting to order at 6:33 P.M.
Present: Ringelstein, Magnelli, Magnuson, Parent, Krebs.
Absent: Braun, Ross.
Also Present: Bacarella. Committee members Stacy Wittmann, Dawn Parent, Dan McPhillips, Penny Blubaugh, Julie Stam.
Absent: Rich Massaro.
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.
APROVAL OF MINUTES
Trustee Krebs moved, seconded by Trustee Magnuson THAT THE MINUTES OF THE ISLAND WITHIN A CITY COMMITTEE MINUTES HELD MAY 19, 2022 BE APPROVED. A Roll Call Vote on the Motion was taken and the results were as follows: AYES Magnuson, Magnelli, Ringelstein, Parent, Krebs. NAYS None. ABSENT Braun, Ross. The motion carried.
ISLAND WITHIN A CITY BOOK COMMITTEE
Island Within A City Book—
The committee discussed the following: a timeline, list of topics, and list of organizations, writing prompts, and a questionnaire. Trustee Ringelstein advised that they should go over the timeline. She proposed January or February to get everything turned in from the High School. Trustee Parent went over his proposed production timeline. He thought they should have a working thesis. He proposed that in the summer they could establish tools and identify key topics using the working thesis as a guide. As the responses come in, they could decide what trends there are. Then they could choose the essays they want to use and print. Trustee Ringelstein thought they should group the essays into certain categories. The book should be an easy read. She thinks that type of layout is user friendly. She does not think they need connectors of each essay. Director Wittmann proposed that they have a framing story for each subject and group each person’s essays by topic. Trustee Ringelstein suggested that they could add poetry to the book. Dawn Parent had an idea about the working thesis. As she was putting events into a timeline, a few things stood out to her. She noticed that they had a lot of change in the communities in the last thirty years. She discussed the different changes and they could use this as a celebration. She discussed the women who lead in the communities. She said they could target the questions in regards to change. She also mentioned that after 1990 there was an explosion of women business owners. Trustee Magnuson advised that there has been a large influx of immigrants. Trustee Krebs recommended that they embed change under each of Julie’s chapter topics. Dawn thought the model for change in the community was the library. She said that she felt the library was the biggest example of change in the community. Trustee Magnuson commented that there was a completely new shift of shopping. Old businesses have left and new ones have been reborn. Dawn recommended that they should address how the pandemic has changed everyone. Trustee Ringelstein reminded the committee that they discussed that the book was going to be a celebration. Dawn wants the book to celebrate the change in the community. Trustee Krebs advised that there are things that have not changed and that is what draws people to the community. Trustee Ringelstein would like people to enjoy the book. She recommended that they have a disclaimer for collecting the essays. Director Wittmann will check with the attorney in regards to this. She advised that some people may not be able to write an essay and they could talk to those people.
The committee worked on a thesis. They came up with the following draft thesis:
The dependability of the communities of Norridge and Harwood Heights in the face of change, have enabled them to celebrate change, in some cases persevered, and thrived.
Dawn recommended that they create a storyboard.
The tasks for the next meeting would be for the committee members to come up with about twelve subjects based on the loose thesis.
Next Meeting Date—
The committee will meet on June 16 at 6:30 P.M.
There was no other business.
Trustee Parent moved, seconded by Trustee Ringelstein, THAT THE MEETING BE ADJOURNED. A roll call vote was taken and the results were as follows: AYES Magnuson, Magnelli, Ringelstein, Parent, Krebs. NAYS None. ABSENT Braun, Ross. The motion carried. The Committee Meeting was adjourned at 7:44 P.M.