Szeszol named River Grove Library trustee

Mar 19, 2010 Full story: ElmLeaves 841

Susan Szeszol, M.A.Ed. reading specialist, was sworn in Jan. 13 as a River Grove Public Library Board trustee.

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ladybird

Chicago, IL

#21 Apr 7, 2010
there definitely is a need for a library in river grove. People dont visit the current library because last time they visited, it was outdated and had nothing to offer. If there was a library with something to offer, i am sure people would definitely use it.
jan

Hines, IL

#22 Apr 8, 2010
congratulations. I think just moving the library into a bigger building, perhaps one that is already in existence would be a good start. We dont need to build a brand new library. We can use some existing buildings.. like that bowling alley.

Also it would be nice to have the library open on Sundays during the school year.
Susan

AOL

#23 Apr 12, 2010
Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment regarding the River Grove Public Library. I will bring up all of the issues that have been discussed on this site with my board during our next meeting. Thank you again.
hillbilly

Hines, IL

#24 Apr 12, 2010
oh.. maybe get more computers. There are times when I go in to use the computer and all of them are taken..they have laptops but it is not the same. It is a hit or miss thing with the computers. sometimes there is no one in the library and youcan snag one and there are times, more lately, when you cant get a computer. Get more computers. and a bigger space.. yea why not use that empty building that was the bowling alley? That would be nice and there is parking and right by school. sometimes you go to the library to get away and stretch out ..but you cant do that at the library now.. no room to sit anywhere. Cant the bowling alley be retrofitted to be the new library? or is it in bad condition?
helen

Franklin Park, IL

#25 Apr 13, 2010
Definitely more room or a different building. we have been waiting for a new library for years. In the meantime our library does not have enough room. Is it possible to just move to a bigger building, one that is already in existence. That bowling alley would be a great size. Cant it be just remodeled? There are times I just drive by our library and go to the one in Elmwood Park. and I live two blocks from the River Grove Library. I went there twice and it is claustrophobic.
Old Grover

Hines, IL

#26 Apr 14, 2010
there is definitely a need for more computers. Once the library got new computers, more and more started coming in. I used to be able to get a computer because they werent used so much, now I come in to use a computer and all of them are taken and I need to wait. I see more people using the computers.. probably need to increase the number of computers.. not laptops.. i have trouble seeing on the laptops. if you can get a bigger space that would be nice. I think people dont come in because when you want a nice quiet corner to red the papers, the library has a noisy childrens eent going on.
fsgsgsgsg

Chicago, IL

#27 Apr 14, 2010
The real problem with the library is the board, from what i see, they treat their staff horribly and dont care about the community, its time for some new blood in there.
Thatcher and grand

Chicago, IL

#28 Apr 14, 2010
Old Grover wrote:
there is definitely a need for more computers. Once the library got new computers, more and more started coming in. I used to be able to get a computer because they werent used so much, now I come in to use a computer and all of them are taken and I need to wait. I see more people using the computers.. probably need to increase the number of computers.. not laptops.. i have trouble seeing on the laptops. if you can get a bigger space that would be nice. I think people dont come in because when you want a nice quiet corner to red the papers, the library has a noisy childrens eent going on.
It's widely known in the area river grove does not want to raise taxes for anything education related. That is why our students get a mediocre education compared to the other schools that feed into leyden. Our RG students are behind in everyway because people do not want to raise taxes. This is just another point. We are way overdue for a library. My guess...the referendum will not pass
Outsider Looking In

Hines, IL

#29 Apr 15, 2010
The impression most have about the Library Trustees is that they are older folks who act and treat the library as their own little kingdom of a library. If they are not interested in something, then the library doesnt get it. If they do not want computers because they dont use them, then they will not think to buy them for the library. It appears that they dont care about the River Grove Public in general and that is a shame because the public loses out big time. When families decide to move to a neighborhood, one of the biggest factors in making a decision is the quality of schools and libraries and the quality of life. A community will want to attract quality people, not uneducated low life. But unfortunately that is what will happen with River Grove. Low income families will come in, along with gangs and those type of values. So it is a vicious circle. If River Grove wants to attract a better population of people, then River Grove has to offer better quality of life and one of those things that make life better for everyone is the public library. I get the impression that there are a lot of senior citizens who dont want to pay taxes to get a new library. That is sad. Then the only people who will want to move to River Grove are illiterates. Someone mentioned just moving to a bigger place.. that would make sense if you dont want to spend a lot of money. Given that River Grove has got along all these decades with the storefront, they can get along with another older building also.. as long as it has room. It does not have to be brand spanking new. The trustees are outdated, out of touch, and are getting in the way of a great future for River Grove.
norm

Hines, IL

#30 Apr 15, 2010
that means more mexicans and poles moving in.. White flight is going to the villages with more money like naperville. they have better schools and libraries.
rose

Hines, IL

#31 Apr 15, 2010
they treat the public horribly... also.
fsgsgsgsg wrote:
The real problem with the library is the board, from what i see, they treat their staff horribly and dont care about the community, its time for some new blood in there.
john

Park Ridge, IL

#32 Apr 15, 2010
definitely get bigger space and more computers. All of a sudden everyone is using the computers at the library.
Old Grover

Park Ridge, IL

#33 Apr 15, 2010
sadly some of that is true.. The past trustees seem to be in their own world and out of touch with the rest of River Grove. Perhaps it is a generational thing, most are of the older generation River Grove residents and are out of touch with the newer residents. There are a lot of young families who live in the apartment buildings, that when they move into their own new homes, do not consider moving into River Grove, because they do not view it as so great as far as what the town has to offer for their families. Of course the older generation River grovers want the status quo, meaning they dont want to pay taxes for something that they probably would not benefit from.. like schools and libaries since their kids are grown already.
salvatore

Chicago, IL

#34 Apr 16, 2010
to me the old trustees seemed arrogant and not accepting of peoples concerns. To me they seemed arrogant and standoffish.. i really hpe this changes. River Grove has an image that we are a bunch of illiterate uneducated bozos.
outsider

Chicago, IL

#35 Apr 18, 2010
definitely bigger building, more computers and open on Sundays during school year. Even if open one Sunday a month would be improvement.
reader

Hines, IL

#36 Apr 19, 2010
sad statement if a community does not value education or culture or the future of its community. Then they wonder why there are so many gangs and crime in their community. It always struck me odd, that River Grove spent all this time and money on putting up decorations on the Grand Avenue Bridge, but spent no time or money into their library. Shows you the type of values people have.
joe

Hinsdale, IL

#37 Apr 19, 2010
many residents in River Grove are senior citizens on fixed income. Not sure if you have noticed,but times are tight lately and seniors have been really squeezed. Why hould seniors have to pay for education that these childrens parents can afford to pay for.? I am a senior.. I do not have children in the river grove school system. To pay for education is the biggest part of my tax bill and It does not benefit me. I do not use the library so why should i pay for those who do?
fullerton and spruce

Minneapolis, MN

#38 Apr 19, 2010
get new books. some of the books look over 30 yeras old ..also get bigger space
misguided

Chicago, IL

#39 Apr 20, 2010
reader wrote:
sad statement if a community does not value education or culture or the future of its community. Then they wonder why there are so many gangs and crime in their community. It always struck me odd, that River Grove spent all this time and money on putting up decorations on the Grand Avenue Bridge, but spent no time or money into their library. Shows you the type of values people have.
River Grovers walk in lock step with their secretary turned Mayor. Good job guys...striving for mediocrity.
terri

Franklin Park, IL

#40 Apr 20, 2010
all the better communities have fantastic libraries.. and their residents are proud.. look at Des Plaines, Naperville, Elmhurst. Their youngsters are doing well in school and in their futures. Not sure what is wrong with River Grove. Maybe because Elmwood Park Library is so close..most go there to use.. it has more room. River Grove doesnt have to build a New library, just get a bigger building. There are a lot of bigger empty buildings in River Grove.

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