Mary Beth Hutches: Candidate Profile
Messenger Library Board
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City: North Aurora
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Family: Louis - spouse 32 years Michael 29, married to Heather live in Madison Annie, 25, lives in Atlanta Katie, 23 lives in Chicago
Occupation: Registered Nurse/Program Director/Professor @ Waubonsee Community College
Education: DNP (Doctorate of Nursing Practice) Rush University MS - Nursing
Civic involvement: Volunteer currently @ parish Current Library trustee, Past girl scout leader
Elected offices held: Current Vice President on North Aurora Library Board
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 was initially appointed to the board to fill a vacancy. I have learned a lot about how libraries are run and what it takes to keep it going, I am motivated to give back to my community and this is one way that I am able to do that.
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.
My background in nursing management and education has been helpful as we have been reviewing and developing policies for the library and the personnel.
Do you have a library card? How long have you had it? How often do you use it?
Yes. We got our library cards shortly after we moved to North Aurora. I use my card on a regular basis. I check out eBooks several times a month or more.
Space is an issue at many 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.
As you know we just went through renovation to improve the space for our children. There will always be a need for a place to gather, the way libraries will be used is always being evaluated. We will listen to our constituents and get their input as we have done in the past 2 years that I have been on the board before we make a big decision to build or do away with items.
What impact have economic and technological changes had on libraries? How does a library remain relevant? How should its role in the community change?
The impact the economy has had on the library is we see more people using our facilities. More groups are coming in to use our meeting spaces, residents come in to utilize the computers. The library should continue to be a safe place for our residents to gather, to study and to read.
What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?
That North Aurora has a well maintained and well utilized library available for all it's residents.
Please name one current leader who most inspires you.
What's the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?
Treat others as you would like to be treated
If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?
What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?
I loved science, I became a nurse
If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Do your best in all you do.