Silvia Acuna: Candidate Profile
Bensenville Library Board (6-year Terms)
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Office sought: Bensenville Library Board (6-year Terms)
Family: Married (Jesus) two children (Pedro & Andrea)
Occupation: Spanish Teacher (Spanish Quest) Lunch Aide (Mohawk School) Leader of Cub Scouts (Johnson, Tioga, Mohawk School)
Education: Masters Degree in Psychology, University of Zacatecas, Mexico. 1998 Early Childhood Education, Triton College, Present
Civic involvement: Padres Unidos (Fenton High School) Bensenville Watch program
Elected offices held: Secretary of Padres Unidos 2008-2011
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: N/A
Key Issue 1
For everyone to feel comfortable in the library and make it feel like home.
Key Issue 2
No matter your race or nationality to not feel discriminated against.
Key Issue 3
The library should be a family friendly environment (for all ages)
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 position because I believe the library offers a lot of opportunities to all people. This is also the place when we can learn different things, use imagination, and spend time with family and friends.
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.
My contributions will be my time and my best effort to make the library a comfortable place for all people.
Do you have a library card? How long have you had it? How often do you use it?
Yes. I've had my card for many years and I use it very frequently.
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.
This is not an easy solution because we need to remember that technology and the use of collection are part of history. Both are important. We need them. But we could rearrange the collections and make a historic place, with technology included.
What impact have economic and technological changes had on libraries? How does a library remain relevant? How should its role in the community change?
Of course the economy and technology have an impact, but libraries should not disappear for that reason. The library offers plenty of activities where it motivates users of all ages to use technology, continue to use books that are a source of learning, using imagination, motivation, intellectual stimulation, and the moral, and physical develeopments of everyone.