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Nancy S. Rizzo  : Candidate Profile

Bensenville 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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Bio

City: Bensenville

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Bensenville library

Age: Candidate did not respond.

Family: Married

Occupation: Reverse Mortgage Loan Processor

Education: Associates Degree in Secretarial Science

Civic involvement: Very active with the Bensenville Chamber of Commerce and the Bensenville Library

Elected offices held: None yet

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Fresh eyes, thoughts and ideas - How can we adapt our library offerings to help further benefit the Bensenville Community Public Library patrons?

Key Issue 2

Due to budgetary constraints the current library board decided to close the library on Saturdays. I would like to look at the economics of having the library open every day of the week again.

Key Issue 3

While we are looking at the economics of opening the library on Saturdays, it would be a good idea to look at the entire budget to determine if our monies are being best spent.

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?

I would like to help increase the usage of the library by the entire Bensenville community - let's make sure it is a place of learning, sharing, caring and socializing.

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.

I would like to make sure the library is offering programs for all ages (from toddlers to our senior community) that are desirable, entertaining and useful. These programs must be monitored for usage and changed as needed.

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

Yes I have a library card. I have had a library card since I was about 10 years of age. I received my Bensenville library card shortly after we moved into our home in Bensenville in 2006. I have always been an avid reader and use my library card approximately twice a month. I love to lose myself in a great book and the Bensenville Community Public Library offers me an endless supply and variety of books.

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.

I am a bit of a traditionalist. I would like to make sure that there is a balance between the on-line technology available and the shelves storing wonderful books. For me, I enjoy browsing through the library shelves, selecting a few good books, taking them home and reading them at my leisure.

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

I would like to see the Bensenville Community Public Library continue to offer on-line programs for education, continuing career training and computer literacy to as many people in our community as possible. Many of our day-to-day operations have become so computer based that even the most basic understanding of computer on-line usage can help many people. But let's not forget that we need to maintain those wonderful shelves full of reading material that we can check out from our library, hold in our hands and enjoy as our own time permits.

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