Marguerite Treest: Candidate Profile

Messenger Library Board (4-year Terms)

Updated 2/22/2013 6:03 PM




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City: North Aurora

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Messenger Library Board (4-year Terms)

Age: Candidate did not respond.

Family: Husband--Jeffrey A. Treest

Occupation: Retired

Education: College drop out

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Civic involvement: North Auroran of the year 2006. Was treasurer of DuPage Library System for 8 years. Participated in advocacy programs through DLS. Advocacy included trips to Washington, lobby for libraries.

Elected offices held: Messenger Public Library of North Aurora, board president

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

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

To keep the library vibrant and relevant. Keep library as hub of our community

Key Issue 2

To mentor new and younger members on board.

Key Issue 3

Candidate did not respond.

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?

I am running for re-election to keep library as a hub for our community and also to mentor new board members to take over key board positions.

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.

This board works as a team. We are all committed to the same goal. Keep library working forward and give the citizens of North Aurora the best library in the area.


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

Yes, have a library card. Have had library card since moving to North Aurora in 1973. Use it all the time.

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 have just hired a consulting firm to assist us in planning for the future. They will be meeting with staff, administrator and board and library users for input on how they see the library of the future. Part of the consultants assistance will be to formulate a schedule for repairs and replacements of physical plant. The library opened 10 years ago and upkeep is necessary. Monitoring of the building is important as the building ages. We will not be asking the public to fund expansion of building. We will not be "doing away" with any parts of our collection. Technology continues to evolve and we as a board must be constantly vigilant and open to change.

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 changes are everywhere. The library has been extremely frugal with tax dollars. We do not spend tax dollars foolishly. We are currently remodeling the teen area and were able to keep costs down by careful choices in furnishings and shelving units and seating. We hope to encourage our teens use the library by having an area that appeals to them.