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posted: 11/23/2012 11:06 AM

Sugar Grove library trustee resigns; longer hours considered

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Sugar Grove Public Library trustees are looking for a new board member to serve through the spring 2013 election after Trustee Julie Wilson tendered her resignation earlier this month.

Wilson, who had served on the board since 2008, said she stepped down because she was going back to college.

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"I've been wanting to go back to school now for about three years," Wilson said, adding that she was proud to be able to contribute to board goals such as starting new programs, launching new technology and acquiring new materials, such as items for teens and young readers.

"I feel like we have a more solid hold on the budget right now," Wilson said. "I enjoy talking to all facets of the community and finding out their interests and trying to relay that to board members. I hope that continues with the board, that they're listening really strong to the community."

She declined to say where she would go to school or what she would be studying. She did not want to miss library board meetings because of classes, she said.

Library officials hope to fill Wilson's seat as soon as possible. Whoever is chosen will serve through the spring 2013 election.

"We're in the process of searching right now," library board President Joan Roth said. "If we find someone that we think can do a good job, we'll appoint them. If not, we'll keep looking."

Library Director Carol Dolin said that whoever is elected to Wilson's seat in the spring will serve a 2-year term. Applicants must be at least 18 and be a resident of the Sugar Grove Public Library District.

Letters may be emailed to director@sugargrove.lib.il.us.

Dolin said Wilson brought a progressive perspective to policy issues and discussions.

"I will miss her," she said. "She really did a good job. She always had the best interests of the community in mind."

In other news, library officials also are considering expanding the facility's hours and they are seeking input from patrons. A survey has been posted at sugargrove.lib.il.us to gauge interest in expanding hours.

The library is open about 41 hours a week, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and is closed Sunday and Monday. Any expansion of library hours must be approved by the board, which will discuss the matter at its Dec. 13 meeting.

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