It was disheartening to see this morning's results on library referenda in the State of Illinois.
None passed. Not one single library successfully passed a referendum, regardless of what it was for: annexation of territory, building, or operations. Particularly sad is the defeat of the Des Plaines Valley Public Library District's referenda. Despite desperate need for service, the plan did not garner the support of the community.
Was it the economy? Was it because this would increase taxes? Was it the plan itself? As I ask myself why Des Plaines failed, I focus on how we are communicating the need for this service to the community and gaining your support for a plan that meets your needs without unduly pinching your pocketbook. But we are pretty good at that already: http://plainfield.lib.il.us/events/newsletter.pdf