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Patricia M Carl: Candidate Profile

Poplar Creek library

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Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.

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City: Streamwood

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Poplar Creek library

Age: 73

Family: Married. 5 children. 12 grandchildren. 9 great-grandchildren

Occupation: Retired bookkeeper; former Business Manager of Poplar Creek Library District from 1979 to 1997.

Education: Associates Degree in Accounting from ECC 1977.

Civic involvement: Originally trustee for library in 1969. Historical Society in the early 70's. Reporter for Advisor (weekly) newspaper

covering Streamwood Village, Park District and Library; do tax preparation for the VITA program at the Library.

Elected offices held: Library trustee since 1999

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Hold spending to a minimum, while giving the patron the services they desire.

Key Issue 2

Fiscal responsibility. Being a former bookkeeper I always keep an eye out for expenditures I feel are not justified.

Key Issue 3

The cohesiveness of the Board of Trustees to work together for the greater good.

Questions & Answers

Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is it?

Public service is my motivation. Giving back to the community that I have lived in since 1962.

If you are an incumbent, describe your main contributions. Tell us of important initiatives you've led. If you are a non-incumbent, tell us what contributions you would make.

Took part in the remodeling of the Library. On the Board on the two years of planning and construction.

Do you have a library card? How long have you had it? How often do you use it?

Had a card since 1966. I have a non-expiring card as a reward for serving on the Library Board in the late 60's and early 70's.

Space is usually an issue at libraries. If that's the case at your library, would your solution be to expand the physical plant or make room by doing away with parts of the collection that technology has made less critical? Explain.

We already had determined that we had need to expand the Library in the early 2000's and expanded for the comfort and electronic needs of the patrons. I am proud to be associated with the Board that accomplished this project.

What impact have economic and technological changes had on libraries? How does a library remain relevant? How should its role in the community change?

Even though electronic books and other computer-type equipment is popular now, curling up with a good book is still a goal of our patrons. We do provide many computers for research and other projects. The computers for adults and children get much business, but books are still a big draw. The Library remains a place for meetings and programs for the adults and children. We encourage the staff through the Director to keep the programs current.