Fox River Valley Public Library District
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Mission Statement

Fox River Valley Public Library District provides equal opportunity for all to learn, explore, imagine, create, and connect in a welcoming environment.

Core Values

• Community and Customer Service
• Diversity
• Intellectual Freedom
• Fiscal Responsibility
• Transparent Governance

District Priorities

• Encourage innovation and flexibility
• Foster an organizational culture of exceptional customer service
• Expand all revenue streams of the library
• Support transparent fiscal and fiduciary practices
• Promote engagement in the library across our diverse community
• Provide leadership in technological services and training

Bylaws and Policies
(Rev. 7/2015)

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Meeting Agendas and Minutes


Meetings are normally held in the Dundee Library's Meeting Room (Lower Level) on the third Tuesday of the month, starting at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

There will not be a regular meeting in August.  Remaining dates this fiscal year are:

  • September 15, 2015
  • October 20, 2015
  • November 17, 2015
  • December 15, 2015
  • January 19, 2016
  • February 16, 2016
  • March 15, 2016
  • April 19, 2016
  • May 17, 2016
  • June 21, 2016

    The items below are in Adobe (pdf) file format. You may need to Download Adobe Reader to open them.   
  Agendas Minutes
2015 Jan

Jan
Executive Session

  Feb

Feb
Executive Session

 

Mar,

Internet Use and Safety

Mar

Internet Use and Safety

  Apr

Apr

  May May
  June June
  July/Aug July/Aug
  Sep Sep
  Oct Oct
 

Nov

Nov
  Dec Dec
2016 Jan Jan
  Feb Feb
  Mar Mar
  Apr Apr
  May May
  June June

C.O.W.=Committee of the Whole ; B&A=Budget & Appropriations

Archive of Board of Trustees Agenda and Meeting Minutes



Meet the Board of Trustees

Marge SkoldMargaret (Marge) Skold, Board President
Elected: 2007, 2011, 2015
Positions held: Vice President, President
Current term expires: 2019


I think the library is important to the community because: Reading is essential in a civilized world. The exchange of ideas and the acquisition of information are hallmarks of an educated citizenry. Like our schools, strong public libraries are significant to the economic development of our community.

I was inspired to become a member of the board because: I believe in volunteering within my community where I can donate skills and talents I’ve acquired through my education and work life.

My favorite way to use the library is: I’m a strong online user. I love eBooks and audiobooks that I can access online from the library’s web page. I also love finding an author I like and browsing the book shelves to see what else that author has written.

My favorite book is: I have many. Last year it was Friday Night Knitting Club. This year it’s anything by Reichs, Cornwell, Jance and Lescroart.

Interests/Hobbies: When I’m not reading, I’m knitting, cooking, traveling, walking my dog, Wyatt, or watching grandchildren perform in music and sports.

Education/Degrees: BA-Speech English, MA-English, Ph.D.-Higher Education Governance.

Profession: Retired Chief Academic Officer, community colleges.

Family: son, daughter, two granddaughters, two grand cats, two grand dogs, and one grand anole (lizard). (Our family loves animals.)

 

Fred Lechuga

Alfredo Lechuga, Jr., Board Vice President
Appointed: 2010
Elected: 2011, 2015
Positions held: Secretary, Vice President
Current term expires: 2019

I think the library is important to the community because: It allows an opportunity for everybody in our community, regardless of age, to begin or continue their reading passion. It also allows a chance for people to continue their education at their own pace and in a variety of topics.

I was inspired to become a member of the board because: I was looking for a volunteer opportunity and I wanted to invest my time in something I was passionate about. The library is something I have always attended and I truly believe every citizen should have a library card.

My favorite way to use the library is: Borrow books, eBooks, movies and video games for myself and my family.

My favorite book is: There are so many to pick, but I am going to go with a recent one that really inspired me, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

Interests/Hobbies: Running, working out, baseball and of course, reading.

Education/Degrees: Some college.

Profession: Manager of a finance group at a telecommunications company. Also operator of my own fitness website.

Family: Married with one child.


 

Richard CorbettRichard Corbett, Board Secretary
Elected: 2011, 2015
Positions held: Secretary
Current term expires: 2019

I think the library is important to the community because: it provides a focal point for the community to access print, video, and other media that can be enjoyed by all age groups.

I was inspired to become a member of the board because: After my retirement, I wanted to do some meaningful service for the community. Serving on the library board has provided me with an opportunity to do that.

My favorite way to use the library is: I enjoy visiting the library and finding print media to read.

My favorite book is: I really enjoy reading books written by Andrew Greeley.

Interests/Hobbies: Hobbies include wood working, gardening, and reading.

Education/Degrees: My educational background includes an engineering degree and an MBA.

Profession: Former business/operations manager, now retired.

Family: Married, three children, eight grandchildren.
 

Brian Lindholm, Board Treasurer
Elected: 2013
Current term expires: 2017

 


I think the library is important to the community because: I believe our library is an amazing resource and truly one of our community's "hidden jewels." For young people particularly, a library offers almost unlimited access to books and can help develop a lifelong love of reading.

I was inspired to become a member of the board because: I can't think of a better way to volunteer and give back to my community. I hope I can help to raise awareness and make others as passionate about the library as I am.

My favorite way to use the library is: I enjoy coming to the library on Saturday morning with my kids to fill our basket with new books and a DVD for "movie night." I also love being able to place new books on hold and manage my checkouts online.

My favorite book is: Wow, this is a hard question for me to answer because I have so many to choose from. One of my favorite non-fiction authors is Daniel Pink and I really enjoyed his latest book, To Sell is Human.

Interests/Hobbies: I love to exercise, read non-fiction, drink craft beer, and hang out with my awesome family.

Education/Degrees: B.S. Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University, MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Profession: Currently serving as a Project Manager at School District U-46 in Elgin after a long career in wireless telecommunications at Motorola and U.S. Cellular.

Family: Married for 16 years to Katrina Burmeister with two children, son Tory (8) and daughter Gabriella (3).

 

Mark Biewald, Board Trustee
Appointed: 2012, Elected: 2013
Positions held: Treasurer
Current term expires: 2017

I think the library is important to the community because: Libraries nourish communities intellectually but also as a gathering place and community hub. A vibrant library is vital to a healthy and vibrant community.

I was inspired to become a member of the board because: I simply want to contribute to the community in which I live and set an example for my children about the value of volunteerism.

My favorite way to use the library is: I enjoy reading hard cover books and also enjoy the DVDs of TV series.

My favorite book is: No single favorite. I'm interested in 1960-era political history, and especially enjoy the authors Robert Dallek, Michael Beschloss, and Robert Caro.

Interests/Hobbies: Almost everything outdoors, home improvement, golf, hockey, technology and community gardens.

Education/Degrees: Bachelor of Science – Loyola University of Chicago.

Profession: Director of Compliance and Capability with Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger relief organization in the United States.

Family: Married to Patti Lesiowski Biewald. Two daughters – Danielle, 16, and Courtney, 13.

     
Phyllis Creighton, Board Trustee

Appointed: 2014
Elected: 2015
Current term expires: 2019

I think the library is important to the community because: It offers equal opportunity to all for access to information, great services and of course books, and other media.

I was inspired to become a member of the board because: I love libraries, and I want to make a positive impact on my community.

My favorite way to use the library is: I love to read, so I check out books and ebooks.

My favorite book is: My favorite book changes. I get hooked on an author and like to read all their books. I love Alice Hoffman and Alice Munro.

Interests/Hobbies: Reading, of course. Rehabbing my house, gardening, music.

Education/Degrees: I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Dayton and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Kent State University.

Profession: I am the Director of Technical Support and Training for Stenograph, a company that makes the machines and software that Court Reporters use. I have also worked at libraries and been a teacher.

Family: I have a wonderful husband.

 

Denise Sommerlot, Board Trustee
Elected: 2013
Current term expires: 2017

 

I think the library is important to the community because: It’s the binding that holds the community together by offering many valuable resources for all ages. It’s a gathering place where people can meet to do research and collaborate on projects.

I was inspired to become a member of the board because: I believe that everyone has an obligation to give back to their community where they can. I also want to help the library embrace new technology to provide a more broad range of resources for the community.

My favorite way to use the library is: When my children were younger, I enjoyed bringing them to the library for events to inspire their love of reading. Now we appreciate the library’s many resources for research, finding good books, movies and download music. 

My favorite book is: I don’t have a favorite book but I enjoy reading books by Nicholas Sparks and Danielle Steele.

Interests/Hobbies: Participating in horse shows, traveling, and spending time with my family.

Education/Degrees: Attended college.

Profession: Currently, I am an Account Development Specialist for Bonton Stores, Inc. prior to this; I was a Technical Trainer for Pepsi. I also taught at Summit Academy and at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School as a Media Aid, Web Master, served as VP of PTC, Yearbook Committee Head, Spirit Wear Committee Head, TAP Committee, and taught after-school foreign language and computer classes.

Family: Married for 27 years, son Austin and daughter Jessica.




Archive of Board of Trustees Agenda and Meeting Minutes

C.O.W.=Committee of the Whole ; B&A=Budget & Appropriations

2014: Please note: The July and August meetings have been combined into one meeting that was held on July 28.

  Agendas Minutes
2014 Jan Jan
Exec. Session
 
  Feb

Feb
Exec. Session

 

Mar

Mar
  Apr

Apr
Exec Session

  May May
  June June
  July/Aug July/Aug
  Sep & B&A Sep & B&A
Executive Session
  Oct Oct
 

Nov
Truth in Taxation
Special Meetings:
Nov. 1, Nov. 19

Nov
Truth in Taxation

Executive Session

Special Meetings:
Nov. 1, Nov. 19

  Dec Dec
Executive Session

 

  Agendas Minutes
2013 C.O.W. & Jan C.O.W. & Jan
  Feb

Feb

 

Mar

Mar
  Apr Apr
  May May
  June June
  July/Aug July/Aug
  Sep, B&A Sep, B&A
  Oct Oct
Exe. Session 
 
  COW & Nov
Truth in Tax
Nov, Truth in Tax
C.O.W.
Exec. Session (Nov. 2)
Exec. Session (Nov. 11)
  C.O.W., Dec Dec, C.O.W.
Exec. Session
2012 Jan / C.O.W.

Jan / C.O.W. / Exec. Session

  Feb Feb / Executive Session
  Mar / Mar 27 Special Mar / Special Meeting
  Apr Apr
  May May
  June June
  July & August July
  Sept and B&A Sept / Sept B&A
  Oct Oct
  Nov / Nov Truth in Taxation Nov & Truth in Taxation
& Executive Session
 

Dec

Dec

2011 Jan Jan
  Feb Feb
  Mar Mar
  Apr. 4 Special Meeting / Apr April Special Meeting
  May May
  June June
  July / July 16 Special Meeting July / July 16 Special Meeting
  Aug Aug
  Sept. 12 B&A / Sept B&A Hearing / Sept / Exec. Session
  Oct Oct
  Nov. Truth in Taxation Hearing / Nov Nov. Truth in Taxation / Nov
  Dec Dec
2010 Jan Jan / Open Exec. Session
  Feb Feb
  Mar Mar & C.O.W.
  Apr Apr
  May / May 22 Special Meeting May / May 22 Special Meeting
  June 2 Special Meeting / June June
  July July
  Aug Aug
  Sep. B & A Hearing / Sep B & A / Sep
  Oct Oct
  Truth in Taxation Hearing / Nov Nov
  Dec. 6 C.O.W. / Dec C.O.W. / Dec
2009 Jan Jan
  Feb Feb
  Mar Mar
  Apr. 6, C.O.W. / Apr April & May 11 Spec. Mtg
  May 11 Special Meeting / May 18 May 18
  June / June 20 Special Meeting / June 22 Special Meeting June
  July Special Meetings: Director Candidate Interviews / July 27 Special Meeting Special Meetings on 7/9, 7/10, 7/20, & 7/27
  Aug Aug
  Sep / Sep 21st Special Meeting Sep
  Oct Oct
  Nov. 9: 6:45 pm Tax Levy Hearing & Regular Meeting Nov. Tax Levy & Nov
  Dec. Dec
2008 Jan Jan
  Feb Feb
  Mar Mar
  Apr Apr
  May May
  June June
  July July
  Aug (with B&A) Aug
  Sep Sep / Sept. Open Exec. Session
  Oct. & Tax Levy Oct
  Nov Nov
  Dec Dec / Dec. Open Exec. Session

 


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