Cheryl Domokos: Candidate Profile

Poplar Creek library

Updated 3/4/2011 7:29 AM



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City: Streamwood

Website: None

Office sought: Poplar Creek library trustee

Age: 48

Family: Married; 2 children

Occupation: Secretary, Local School; P/T Accountant

Education: B.A. in Accounting, Northeastern IL. University, 1985

Civic involvement: Mentor for Children, Bartlett Learning Center; Involved with the Boy Scouts; Girl Scouts; and Parent-Teacher Organization

Elected offices held: Library Trustee since 2002

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Key Issue 2

Work to enhance both Branch and Main as information resource sites for the District

Key Issue 3

Continue the careful planning and fiscal responsibility that has been a mark of Poplar Creek Library especially in its expanded site

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?

Because of my love of learning, I want to be involved in the continued development of this valuable community resource, the Poplar Creek Public Library

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 was involved in the planning for the expansion. Worked for the successful referendum, and supported development of resources and staff

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

I have a card as do my family members. I have had my card for 24 years. My family and I use library resources often. I feel it is a great source for enrichment as well as entertainment. Throughout the years our library has been a wonderful and valuable resource for my family. I feel lucky to live in a community that can offer such a great facility and am proud to be a part of it!

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.

We planned the expansion to provide more study and quiet reading space. Also, we made sure space existed for computers. Because of the diverse needs of our Community, we have made it possible for the Library to be a Community space as well as a Study place

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 times when money is tight, people come to the Library to take online courses, search for jobs, and also use the print resources (to study for tests). Newspapers, magazines, books, and DVD'S remain available for patrons because they can check out what they might not be able to own. The materials, equipment, expanded space and being open seven days a week, make it possible for many people to survive. The Library is a definite link to and resource for the Community.