The introductory comments of Crystal Lake Library Board President Terri Reece to the Town Hall Meeting of local government officials last Thursday morning were some comprehensive, I asked if she would send me a copy that could be posted.
Below are her notes for the event:
CL Chamber Town Hall – September 24, 2015
The Crystal Lake Public Library is a municipal library organized under the Illinois Local Library Act. As a municipal library, our service area is defined as the City limits of Crystal Lake. This does not mean a Crystal Lake mailing address, nor are our service boundaries the same as either school district or the CL Park District.
How our organization is structured
9 Board members, who are appointed by the city council, for 3 year terms.
The Library Board is a governing board that
- sets policy,
- establishes the budget, and
- plans for the library’s future services to our community
Library Director – Kathryn Martens
81 Staff – 27 full-time, 54 part-time
Throughout the year the budget is reviewed several times
Take into account
- Previous years’ actual numbers
- The needs as identified by the Library’s Strategic Plan with input from each department
Income for operating and capital expenditures primarily comes from property taxes – 96%
Tax Income has just returned to pre-recession levels
What CL citizens get for their tax investment
- Books – electronic (ebooks, eaudio), books on CD and playaways, for all ages
- CD’s – From classical to rock, for all ages
- DVD’s and Blueray’s – popular movies and television shows, for all ages
- Magazines and Newspapers – Flipster
- Video Games, STEM Kits, Puzzles and Business Equipment
- Programs – Summer and Winter Reading Programs, Technology Classes, STEM Classes, Storytimes, First Saturday Program for children with Special Needs, College Prep Classes, Snow Day Crafts and Programming, Anime Club, Author Talks, Movies, Book Groups, Preschool Fair and much more.
- Use of computers and Wi-Fi
- Over 30 databases through the Library website including Consumer Reports and Lynda.com
- Help with research – 70,000 research questions answered last year
- 5,128 items were delivered to adult living communities and Homebound patrons
Specifically for the business community
- Business Equipment to check out – laptop, projector, screen, camcorder and more
- Access to training – sign up for classes or the library will work with you to get the training you need – i.e. Georgio’s [Excel]
Think of the library as a place to work independently, a place to meet with colleagues or clients in our small study room and use the computers and software
If you have a business in the CL city limits, even if you don’t live within you’re eligible for a card
Indirectly the library brings people out in the community
- 925 people including people from other communities per day
Chances are they will shop, eat and enjoy local attractions and entertainment
Are libraries going away?
Let me ask you a few questions
- Do you really envision our community without a public library?
- There were 311,000 visits to CLPL last year. Is there another city amenity that is used more?
- Not going away but , as it has done from the beginning, it is changing and evolving to meet its patrons needs
“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.” Walter Cronkite
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Articles about the Thursday morning Town Hall Meeting with local governmental officials: