Articles filed under Carol Stream Public Library

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  • Carol Stream library celebrates half-century of service Oct 6, 2012 5:30 PM
    The Carol Stream Public Library was bustling with patrons Saturday as it celebrated 50 years in the community. Residents stopped by the library and reminisced about its humble beginnings as one room in Carol Stream's original village hall. "It was the place to go," Pam Smith of Carol Stream said about the original library. "I remember it being very full. To a six or seven year old, it was just like magic."

  • Carol Stream Library studying land sale options Sep 20, 2012 7:13 PM
    If the Carol Stream Public Library board decides to sell its 7.5-acre property on Kuhn Road, the village would get first dibs on the land, officials said this week. Discussions to sell the site resurfaced at a meeting of the board's facilities committee earlier this month. The land at 480 N. Kuhn Road was purchased in 2003 to build a new library, but voters rejected such plans three times.

  • Library trustees table resolution to censure colleague Sep 20, 2012 12:44 PM
    Bad blood continues to boil on the Carol Stream Public Library board in the aftermath of Ann Kennedy's firing as library director. Two trustees have called for the censure of Trustee Jim Bailey for statements they say he made at the board's Aug. 15 meeting. Trustee Jerry Clark said Bailey used an expletive toward him, and Trustee David DeRango said Bailey made an accusation that DeRango tried to punch him in the face.

  • New Carol Stream library board may sell land Sep 10, 2012 11:48 PM
    A vacant 7.5-acre property owned by the Carol Stream Public Library could soon be going on the market. The land at 480 N. Kuhn Road was purchased by the library in 2003 with intentions of using it for a new library facility, but voters rejected those plans in three seperate referendums. Last year, the library board voted 4-3 to hold onto the property, but now, a new board that could have the votes to overturn that decision is revisting the issue.

  • Carol Stream library board selects interim director Aug 16, 2012 4:37 PM
    Marilyn Boria already helped quell tempers at the Sugar Grove Public Library when its board of trustees hired her as interim director after ousting its director last year. Now Boria will be tasked with doing the same in Carol Stream, where the library board voted Wednesday to hire her until it can find a permanent replacement for Ann Kennedy, whose controversial firing has also set off tempers in and around the library and village.

  • Carol Stream library considering firms for director search Aug 2, 2012 1:49 PM
    The Carol Stream Public Library board is set to pick from two search firms to help find a new library director. Either firm, once selected, is also expected to recommend candidates for interim director. The board on Wednesday held off hiring either consultant — Alice Calabrese Berry or Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates — until representatives make a formal presentation to the board about their qualifications and services they would provide.

  • Carol Stream begins search for new library director Jul 27, 2012 10:40 AM
    The search for a new Carol Stream Public Library director is about to begin in the wake of this week's firing of Ann Kennedy, but it's unlikely a decision will come soon. Board President Mike Wade said he hasn't yet talked with interim Director Mary Clemens about finding a permanent replacement, but the library may use a search firm to evaluate resumes and interview applicants.The board plans to discuss the next steps at its Aug. 15 meeting, Wade said.

  • Carol Stream library director: 'No doubt this was personal' Jul 27, 2012 2:59 PM
    Former Carol Stream Library Director Ann Kennedy believes two board members were seeking revenge when they joined two other board members in voting to dismiss her. Kennedy had previously fired those board members' significant others. "There's no doubt this is personal,” said Kennedy, who has not made a decision about a wrongful termination suit.

  • Carol Stream library director on firing line — again Jul 25, 2012 5:30 AM
    The Carol Stream Public Library board will try again Wednesday to give Director Ann Kennedy the pink slip. The seven-member board last week voted 3-1 to dismiss Kennedy, a 20-year employee who has been director for the past six years. But two trustees abstained and one was absent and members learned the following morning their bylaws required four votes, or a majority of trustees present, to make the firing official.

  • Carol Stream fires library director in 4-2 vote Jul 26, 2012 5:52 AM
    On July 18, Ann Kennedy thought she had been fired. A week later, she is. The Carol Stream Public Library board voted 4-2 Wednesday to dismiss Kennedy as library director after six years in the position and a total of 20 years working at the library. Board President Mike Wade called a revote after learning the board's original 3-1 vote that he was short a vote to fire Kennedy.

  • Carol Stream Library board botches firing Jul 19, 2012 5:13 PM
    Ann Kennedy started cleaning out her desk Wednesday night after the Carol Stream Public Library board of trustees voted to dismiss her as library director. Turns out, she wasn't really fired, the library's attorney said Thursday. The board botched the dismissal because it didn't have enough votes.

  • Carol Stream Park District looks to repair pedestrian bridge Jun 28, 2012 5:32 PM
    A consultant is recommending a shuttered pedestrian bridge that connects the Carol Stream Public Library with Armstrong Park be replaced or temporarily fixed. Pavia-Marting & Company has been looking into possible fixes for the bridge, which has been closed since March after a concrete slab fell off it. The passageway sits about five feet above Klein Creek. The Carol Stream Park District, which owns the bridge, would be responsible for the cost of repairs.

  • New direction for Carol Stream library board? May 3, 2012 4:35 PM
    Carol Stream's library board is shifting to the right, following the appointment of two new board members who are philosophically aligned with three current fiscal conservative trustees. The library board had been looking for replacements following the resignation this spring of two longtime board members -- Robert Douglas, the board president who became a DuPage County circuit court judge, and Tom Arends, who moved to Chicago. Library officials announced Wednesday that the remaining five-person board voted last week to appoint Susan Galle and Jerry Clark to fill the vacant positions starting May 16.

  • Carol Stream bridge’s stability to be investigated Apr 16, 2012 9:46 PM
    A bridge inspector will evaluate the stability of a pedestrian bridge between the Carol Stream Public Library and Armstrong Park where a piece of concrete fell off last month. On Monday, the village board approved a $5,450 contract with Roselle-based Pavia-Marting & Company to inspect the bridge and recommend up to three possible solutions that could include repairing or replacing the structure.

  • Carol Stream closes pedestrian bridge Apr 12, 2012 5:21 PM
    A pedestrian bridge that connects the Carol Stream Public Library with Armstrong Park has been closed due to safety concerns that arose when a concrete slab fell off it late last month.

  • Carol Stream library seeks two trustees Apr 12, 2012 4:06 PM
    Carol Stream Public Library is looking for two people to serve on its board of trustees after an announcement this week that a five-year incumbent is stepping down. Tom Arends, who was elected as trustee in 2007 and re-elected in 2011, is moving to Chicago to be closer to his law practice.

  • Carol Stream Library searching for new trustee Mar 8, 2012 2:49 PM
    With the resignation of longtime Carol Stream Library board member Rob Douglas comes a philosophical split on the sometimes-controversial board over fiscal issues. And that could make the appointment of Douglas replacement contentious depending on who applies for the seat.

  • Carol Stream considers rec. center library branch Mar 8, 2012 4:19 PM
    Carol Stream residents may soon be able to pick up a book or use the computer while waiting for those taking a gymnastics or dance class at the Simkus Recreation Center. The Carol Stream Public Library and Carol Stream Park District have been discussing the possibility of opening a satellite library in what is currently the fitness room at Simkus. See the story's link to the library's online survey.

  • State grants to libraries will pay for technology, other upgrades Feb 15, 2012 7:13 PM
    Suburban libraries will get grants ranging from $202,945 in Aurora to $1,750 in Maple Park, much of which can be put to almost any use except construction.

  • Carol Stream library OKs house demolition Dec 14, 2011 10:47 AM
    A late 19th century era house located on property owned by the Carol Stream Public Library will be demolished early next year. The library initially purchased the land to use as space for a new library facility, but voters rejected those plans in three separate referendums. So officials have been exploring other possible uses for the land and believe it would be more valuable without the house.

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