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Andrea Farr Capizzi: Candidate Profile

Warren-Newport Library Board (6-year Terms)

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  • Andrea Farr Capizzi, running for Warren-Newport Library Board (6-year Terms)

    Andrea Farr Capizzi, running for Warren-Newport Library Board (6-year Terms)




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City: Gurnee

Website: http://None

Office sought: Warren-Newport Library Board (6-year Terms)

Age: Candidate did not respond.

Family: Married, three children

Occupation: Certified Public Accountant

Education: Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and Marketing

Civic involvement: I currently serve as a Warren-Newport Public Library District Trustee as well as volunteer in the local school districts.

Elected offices held: Warren-Newport Public Library Trustee - Appointed

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

To have the best possible library while maintaining a conservative fiscal policy.

Key Issue 2

Keep the Library up to date with regard to changing technology.

Key Issue 3

The Library should continue to be wonderful place for the community to enjoy: Obtaining materials Access to technology and information Programs for all ages A place to meet

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 am running for this office to give back to my community and the libraries that have helped shape my life.

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 special contributions you could make.

I currently serve on the Library's Finance Committee helping to keep it fiscally responsible and conservative. I also serve on the Library's Art Acquisition Committee.

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

I use my library card almost daily. I obtained my very first library card when our first grade took a trip to the public library and I have had a library card ever since. Having a library card is like having a key that can unlock the door to knowledge and opportunity.

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.

The Warren-Newport Library is now enjoying an expansion that was completed in the last year and we do not expect to have a need for more space in the immediate future.

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

Libraries are more relevant than ever. With today's ever-changing technology we need our libraries to help us stay up to date as they provide access to a world of technology. It is my goal as a trustee to use the tax funds entrusted to the library to provide the materials and services that will best meet the needs of the people in our district. The Warren-Newport Public Library provides access to technology by providing computers with the latest technology and training classes which help patrons learn new skills, look for jobs, do research and have fun. It also offers electronic books for checkout by patrons. The Library's 24-hour website offers many options including data bases, newspapers, and Mango Languages which offers language lessons from Arabic to Vietnamese. The website offers so much it is impractical to try to list it all. The WNPL's excellent staff stands at the ready (whether in person, by telephone or email) to help any patron find the information they seek.