Shannon Rapp: Candidate Profile

Messenger library

  • Shannon Rapp, running for Messenger library

    Shannon Rapp, running for Messenger library

Updated 2/23/2011 4:03 PM




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: North Aurora

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Messenger library

Age: 25

Family: I'm one of the many Rapp children who grew up in North Aurora.

Occupation: Fifth Grade Teacher

Education: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Minor in Mathematics, Northern Illinois University, 2008

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Civic involvement: High School Cheerleading Coach

Summer Teacher at SciTech Children's Hands on Museum

Elected offices held: Candidate did not respond.

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

The present staff and board of trustees work hard to ensure the members of the library are satisfied with the services the library offers. The library board sets goals (short and long term) to work towards and establishes plans to accomplish these goals. I would like to see an annual survey given to library patrons asking them to assess their overall satisfaction with the library. This survey could inquire about the patron's opinions pertaining to the programs the library offers, accessibility to conference rooms, availability of various resources, and service. Once the surveys have been completed, the results can be discussed. The ideas shared on the surveys can be used to mold the next year's goals and plans.

Key Issue 2

Candidate did not respond.

Key Issue 3

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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?

When I was younger I can remember riding my bike to the library or going with my family. I always found something new and interesting during my visits. Once the new library on Oak Street was built, I loved entering the building and discovering new focal points. While sitting in board meetings, I began to understand how the board functions. I'd like to assist in making important choices for the library's well being, as my father has done as a trustee. I hope that I can help provide the same services to present library patrons as I have be afforded.

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.

Candidate did not respond.

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

I've had a library card for as long as I can remember. I use it whenever I'm looking for a good book to read, a children's article to engage my students, a movie for the weekend, or a new CD to listen to on my commute to and from work.


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.

Space is not an issue on the inside of the library. As far as technology potentially booting out less used areas of the library, I don't foresee that being a problem. The new library is large enough to acquire more resources without needing to think about an addition. Perhaps sections of the library may be rearranged, but no structure changes.

Once the new library was built, it attracted many more patrons. When this happened, the parking lot was at full capacity often. The present and past trustees planned and completed the parking lot expansion, adding about 15 spots to the front of the building and more spots for employees to park around the rear.

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

In the present economic troubles, a library is used more than before. People cannot afford to hop in their cars to go to the store and purchase something they can get for free at the library. Patrons should look to the library to help them keep pace with the new technological advances.