Maria Rellinger: Candidate Profile
Glenside Library Board (6-year Terms) (Independent)
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City: Glendale Heights
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Office sought: Glenside Library Board (6-year Terms)
Family: Children, Sons Robert Charles Rellinger and Shawn Albert Rellinger. Daughter Elizabeth Ann Zettler. Grandchildren Robert Earl Rellinger, Sean Rellinger, David Rellinger and Audry Rose Zettler.
Occupation: Retired Special Education Aide for Dupage County Schools
Education: High School Graduate of Fabens, Tx High School and University of Texas EL Paso Associates Degree Teaching.
Civic involvement: current involvement, Glenside Public Library Trustee and Glendale Heights Foundation Committee Member. Past Member , President and Vice President of Americana School's PTO. Den Mother for Cub Scouts Pack 357. St. Matthews Church Special Education Religious Program Instructor (25 years) and Committee chairperson of Pheasant Ridge School Bilingual Program. Chairperson of Personnel Committee of Library Board
Elected offices held: Glenside Public Library Trustee 2001 to Current.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
To maintain a fully functional,safe and secure environment within our Library for the children and adults of Glendale Heights.
Key Issue 2
To continually update the Library resources to give our diverse multicultural community outstanding tools to fit their needs.
Key Issue 3
To use our tax dollars wisely and responsibly while increasing the library resources available to our residents.
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?
One of my goals is to continue to be the voice of the children. I want to ensure that the assets of the library will allow the children of our community to obtain all of their goals. In addition, to be a fiscal hawk as a Trustee making sure that Library funds are always used responsibly and are within budgetary restraints.
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.
During my tenure as trustee on the library board the children's addition of the library was created. In addition, many educational programs are now available thru our library. For example, the summer reading program,the after school program and free classes geared especially toward our seniors. Finally, I personally assist as a bilingual translator helping our Hispanic residents obtain their library cards\membership.
Do you have a library card? How long have you had it? How often do you use it?
Yes, Over 20 Years and weekly usage.
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.
Fortunately, space is not an issue at the Glenside Library currently. However, we are always looking for the newest technologies. Doing so will allow us to continue to make the best use of our space.
What impact have economic and technological changes had on libraries? How does a library remain relevant? How should its role in the community change?
Economic conditions have now made the library and its resources even more important. Libraries offer training and support free of charge to their residents. They also provide free access to computer software, the Internet and digital media. As technology changes the library must change to meet the needs of the residents.