Lombard group wants to see library referendum on November ballot

Lombard residents form Vote Yes for Helen Plum Library committee

  • A Vote Yes for Helen Plum Library committee has been formed by Lombard residents in anticipation of a referendum question that will appear on the November ballot asking voters to expand, renovate or rebuild the library. This rendering shows what the front of the library could look like if it was replaced with a new building.

    A Vote Yes for Helen Plum Library committee has been formed by Lombard residents in anticipation of a referendum question that will appear on the November ballot asking voters to expand, renovate or rebuild the library. This rendering shows what the front of the library could look like if it was replaced with a new building. Submitted by the Helen Plum Library

 
 
Updated 3/24/2016 5:32 AM

A group of Lombard residents has formed a Vote Yes for Helen Plum Library committee in anticipation of a referendum question appearing on the November ballot.

The committee is sponsoring an informational meeting from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Monday at Vino Cellar, 141 W. St. Charles Road, to meet with others who are interested in advocating for library improvements.

 

"We're prepared to educate the community as much as we can," said Beth Peluse, the committee's campaign coordinator.

Peluse said she lived in Downers Grove when its library was renovated and saw how it was transformed into a more valuable asset.

"I would love to see that for Helen Plum," she said. "People think libraries are becoming obsolete. There's so many different resources that the Helen Plum Library provides now that people aren't even aware of."

The library board is still discussing proposals to either expand or renovate the existing 53-year-old structure. There also are ongoing conversations about possibly constructing a new building at its current location at 110 W. Maple St.

The board is expected to select a plan, determine how much it would cost and formulate a ballot question by the end of May.

"We're trying to just be ready to go as soon as that decision is made," Peluse said.

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Peluse said the committee is needed because many in town still aren't fully aware of the planning going on regarding the library and what it can mean for the village.

The committee has plans to host future meetings, partner with community organizations to spread the word, inform residents at events and go door-to-door seeking support. Peluse said anyone interested in helping, even in a small way, is encouraged to attend Monday's meeting.

Residents also are invited to join a mailing list at helenplumnextchapter.org and attend community engagement sessions sponsored by the library to learn more about the plans. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 31 at the library.

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