Szeszol named River Grove Library tru...

Szeszol named River Grove Library trustee

There are 842 comments on the ElmLeaves story from Mar 19, 2010, titled Szeszol named River Grove Library trustee. In it, ElmLeaves reports that:

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

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hookah fan

Chicago, IL

#789 Dec 31, 2012
River Grove will NEVER ever have a new nicer library.....because the people and the government in River Grove do not value reading nor education.

River Grove is a blow thru type of town...people will never ever make River Grove a long term place to live...just when they start out and then they move to bigger and better things. River Grove is turning into a ghetto...like northlake and Franklin park..and it is close to the city . The future of River Grove is grim
rambo

Chicago, IL

#790 Dec 31, 2012
who would want to be a trustee? The regime that has been in place is difficult to work with. They are narrow minded, inflexible nd they act like the library is their private domain and not for the people.

The RG library will never get better nor will there ever be a new lbrary if this regime is in place.

I say....boycott the RG library....Go visit someone elses library....have the current regime rot in their stupidity. Mre like a dictatorship....of stupid unenlightened men who are stuck in the fifies.
roberta

Chicago, IL

#791 Jan 5, 2013
so who is the new trustee?

Also....who is that handsome young hunk now working at the library ? This should draw in the young girls in fairly quick.
Vince

Chicago, IL

#792 Jan 8, 2013
Last i heard, the library was going to go in half and half with some business owner to obtain the property that the bowling alley is currently located. However they needed to obtain a grant from Illinois which they did not get because Illinois has run out of money.

But think about this, now that you mention taxes....Currently the Library owns the property on Grand across the street from the library, the empty lot on Center, the house next to the house on Center Street. Now think about this for a second.......the library has to pay both taxes AND insurance on all these parcels of land that they own and now use. That must be a lot of money that could have been used towards either building a new library or for improving the current one. This money is being wasted and the RG residents still to this day after so many years struggle without a decent library.

And now the library can not sell this property because it would be a loss with the way the economy is going.

That must come to a big chunk of change that could have been used towards the library but is not...it is just being wasted....lost in the wind.

Does this sound like good goal setting, good planning, good decision making? I should say not....It sounds like a bunch of boneheads who dont know what they are doing.

Most people in River Grove have a no confidence vote for the library board and also the current administration in the village.

There is currently an opening for the library board....I am sure no one will step up and fill it...knowing that they would have to work with these boneheads.

Also...there may be legal problems such as mismanagement of funds...
The Facts wrote:
Wow, the library in the Bowling Alley. Nice idea, but now the taxpayers get stiff on a $500,000.00 piece of property. Still an ideal place, this area is the most blighted part of River Grove. If the Village would have been asked the Library for assistances that might be OK. No, as per tradition, the Village (AKA Bart Smith), stuck their nose where it didn't belong. Why doesn't Bart tell the people by Rhodes School about the New Public Works uilding going up over there. There is a safety issue, children could and will be hurt. Nice going Bart. Oh Center Street, safer area than Grand Avenue, any day of the week. Why not put Public Works On Center Street. By the way the village would loss $60,000.00 in tax revenue, if this happens with the bowling alley and this would be put on the burden of local Taxpayers. Way to go Bart.
taffy

Chicago, IL

#793 Jan 8, 2013
must run into the thousands.....which could have been used toward the new library or could have been used to pay the staff a decent wage so they could stay. There is now once again a new crew working at the library. Man...they got a lot of turnover. That does not give people a good impression.

Honestly the RG library should just be annexed into the Elmwood park or Franklin Park library system.....There have more resources and their management seems to know what they are doing.

RG is too small a community with not enough resources to ever pursue a new library. The earlier this library board realizes this, the better it will be for all of the community. They should just step aside and annex it off.
Vince wrote:
Last i heard, the library was going to go in half and half with some business owner to obtain the property that the bowling alley is currently located. However they needed to obtain a grant from Illinois which they did not get because Illinois has run out of money.
But think about this, now that you mention taxes....Currently the Library owns the property on Grand across the street from the library, the empty lot on Center, the house next to the house on Center Street. Now think about this for a second.......the library has to pay both taxes AND insurance on all these parcels of land that they own and now use. That must be a lot of money that could have been used towards either building a new library or for improving the current one. This money is being wasted and the RG residents still to this day after so many years struggle without a decent library.
And now the library can not sell this property because it would be a loss with the way the economy is going.
That must come to a big chunk of change that could have been used towards the library but is not...it is just being wasted....lost in the wind.
Does this sound like good goal setting, good planning, good decision making? I should say not....It sounds like a bunch of boneheads who dont know what they are doing.
Most people in River Grove have a no confidence vote for the library board and also the current administration in the village.
There is currently an opening for the library board....I am sure no one will step up and fill it...knowing that they would have to work with these boneheads.
Also...there may be legal problems such as mismanagement of funds...
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Former Rg

Wheeling, IL

#794 Jan 11, 2013
taffy wrote:
must run into the thousands.....which could have been used toward the new library or could have been used to pay the staff a decent wage so they could stay. There is now once again a new crew working at the library. Man...they got a lot of turnover. That does not give people a good impression.
Honestly the RG library should just be annexed into the Elmwood park or Franklin Park library system.....There have more resources and their management seems to know what they are doing.
RG is too small a community with not enough resources to ever pursue a new library. The earlier this library board realizes this, the better it will be for all of the community. They should just step aside and annex it off.
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the board will not annex it-it would be the wise thing to do. they are not that smart. It would not make them look good esp. that the library has been there a very long time.
Gene

Wheeling, IL

#795 Jan 11, 2013
Vince wrote:
Last i heard, the library was going to go in half and half with some business owner to obtain the property that the bowling alley is currently located. However they needed to obtain a grant from Illinois which they did not get because Illinois has run out of money.
But think about this, now that you mention taxes....Currently the Library owns the property on Grand across the street from the library, the empty lot on Center, the house next to the house on Center Street. Now think about this for a second.......the library has to pay both taxes AND insurance on all these parcels of land that they own and now use. That must be a lot of money that could have been used towards either building a new library or for improving the current one. This money is being wasted and the RG residents still to this day after so many years struggle without a decent library.
And now the library can not sell this property because it would be a loss with the way the economy is going.
That must come to a big chunk of change that could have been used towards the library but is not...it is just being wasted....lost in the wind.
Does this sound like good goal setting, good planning, good decision making? I should say not....It sounds like a bunch of boneheads who dont know what they are doing.
Most people in River Grove have a no confidence vote for the library board and also the current administration in the village.
There is currently an opening for the library board....I am sure no one will step up and fill it...knowing that they would have to work with these boneheads.
Also...there may be legal problems such as mismanagement of funds...
<quoted text>
the mismanagement of funds and buying property should be investigated by the BGA.
Frank

Wheeling, IL

#796 Jan 11, 2013
Vince wrote:
Last i heard, the library was going to go in half and half with some business owner to obtain the property that the bowling alley is currently located. However they needed to obtain a grant from Illinois which they did not get because Illinois has run out of money.
But think about this, now that you mention taxes....Currently the Library owns the property on Grand across the street from the library, the empty lot on Center, the house next to the house on Center Street. Now think about this for a second.......the library has to pay both taxes AND insurance on all these parcels of land that they own and now use. That must be a lot of money that could have been used towards either building a new library or for improving the current one. This money is being wasted and the RG residents still to this day after so many years struggle without a decent library.
And now the library can not sell this property because it would be a loss with the way the economy is going.
That must come to a big chunk of change that could have been used towards the library but is not...it is just being wasted....lost in the wind.
Does this sound like good goal setting, good planning, good decision making? I should say not....It sounds like a bunch of boneheads who dont know what they are doing.
Most people in River Grove have a no confidence vote for the library board and also the current administration in the village.
There is currently an opening for the library board....I am sure no one will step up and fill it...knowing that they would have to work with these boneheads.
Also...there may be legal problems such as mismanagement of funds...
<quoted text>
I heard the present president is running unopposed. his term will be 6 years. he will be on that board close to 40 years.
Throat

Elmwood Park, IL

#797 Jan 12, 2013
Well, the Library will not the opportnity has come and passed. Michael Prokop will be running for his sixth uncontested term. Those that complain,quit ot bitchin'. There will be no change, one person doing the work of four officiers, The ther three ave no idea what they are suppose to do. Those that think that Mayor Smith will do anything, just holdyour breath, the library is not a villag library, it is a library district. Another two years of Prokop and Stein, no change will be made, Stein will be in Florida til May. So those residents that complain, sorry.
Barb

Chicago, IL

#798 Jan 12, 2013
I have been at the library several times durng the day the past few weeks ad the library is virtually empty exept for me and 2 other people. it really makes no sense to spend all that money on a new library if people do not use the library that much.

Also noticed the library used to have many program offerings last year but not this year and I think it is because the staff keeps constantly changing. Too bad... those programs were what brought people to the library.

The way this library has been mananaged in the past is no longer viable in this day and age.

I am sad to say, I think the days of this library are numbered. Already the hours are shortened...pretty soon it will entirely close.
Herbie

Chicago, IL

#799 Jan 12, 2013
the library would still exist, but not under the jurisdiction of the current board but another board..like the FP library board or Elmwood Park.
Former Rg wrote:
<quoted text>
the board will not annex it-it would be the wise thing to do. they are not that smart. It would not make them look good esp. that the library has been there a very long time.
hmmm

Chicago, IL

#800 Feb 19, 2013
roberta are you the "always looking" from the other library posts?.
Roberta

Chicago, IL

#801 Feb 20, 2013
why do you ask
hmmm wrote:
roberta are you the "always looking" from the other library posts?.
Herbie

Schiller Park, IL

#802 Feb 20, 2013
still no one willing to be trustee on the library board. Still the same old curmudgeon men on the library board who have driven the library into financial disaster.

This library board needs to be investigated. Also this library needs to be taken over by another library body. These clowns dont know what they are doing.
hmmm

Elmwood Park, IL

#803 Feb 20, 2013
you two had similar posts about the workers at the library
Throat

Elmwood Park, IL

#804 Feb 24, 2013
No one ever blame the board. Petitions were to be filed in December 2012. There were 3 seats up 2-6 year term and vacancy. No one else filed. Only one person filed. It might be that Board Secretary John Batson failed to post a notice that petitions were to be submitted along with information needed to know. So everyone, stop your complaining about the board, you had your chance. The Board has Cathy Albert to thank. At least in this persons opinion. Will a new library ever get built. As long as the Villagestays out of it, it just might happen. As for tax issues concerning library property, a consultant brought in by the VILLAGE, was going use the library's tax exempt status get out of taxes in excess of $60,000.00. Can it be done, yes, but it is wrong when River Grove Tax payers have to pick up the tab. People start attending the meetings, put pressure on the library board.
Bill

Chicago, IL

#805 Feb 26, 2013
i visit the library during the day during the week. There are never any other patrons other than myself and maybe one other person.

I think there are more patrons during the evening ad on the weekends.

It would make more sense if the library would be open on Sunday and maybe closed on Wednesday or Friday.

More people would visit during Sunday since they are off.

As far as new library...if the current library cant get people to visit....would a new building attract more people? I dont think so.

I think they should hold off on building a new library.

I think more statisitics should be obtained and also surveys taken to see what the people want...not the board members...They seem to be deciding for everyone but they decide what they want and not what the rest of the residents want.
Roxy

Lombard, IL

#806 Mar 4, 2013
Ha someone mentioned that RG was going to become a ghetto like Northlake? that's laughable. You should check out Northlake's library.
Big beautiful building, programs, and new books
Friendly professional staff.

and guess what, your RG card works there!

RG is the real ghetto, their library is crumbling with mismatched paint and staff what changes every year.
Dorothy

Chicago, IL

#807 Mar 29, 2013
no one wants to run...because they all know they wont be listened to and that it is a hopeless situation. Their hands are tied always.

Why look for employment on the titanic knowing it will sink?
Throat wrote:
No one ever blame the board. Petitions were to be filed in December 2012. There were 3 seats up 2-6 year term and vacancy. No one else filed. Only one person filed. It might be that Board Secretary John Batson failed to post a notice that petitions were to be submitted along with information needed to know. So everyone, stop your complaining about the board, you had your chance. The Board has Cathy Albert to thank. At least in this persons opinion. Will a new library ever get built. As long as the Villagestays out of it, it just might happen. As for tax issues concerning library property, a consultant brought in by the VILLAGE, was going use the library's tax exempt status get out of taxes in excess of $60,000.00. Can it be done, yes, but it is wrong when River Grove Tax payers have to pick up the tab. People start attending the meetings, put pressure on the library board.
hopeful

Joliet, IL

#808 May 1, 2013
Roxy wrote:
Ha someone mentioned that RG was going to become a ghetto like Northlake? that's laughable. You should check out Northlake's library.
Big beautiful building, programs, and new books
Friendly professional staff.
and guess what, your RG card works there!
RG is the real ghetto, their library is crumbling with mismatched paint and staff what changes every year.
You should check out Maywood's library.

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