Library Expansion Planning Feedback, answering the question: What would make you more likely to use the Plainfield Public Library?
“I rarely find a book that I need in stock. We use Naperville and Bolingbrook to get books needed for elementary school projects. I am not sure why our library doesn't support 202's curriculum.”
The residents of the Naperville Public Library and Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook have supported their public libraries with tax rates well above those paid by residents of the Plainfield Public Library District. In Tax Year 2014 (payable in 2015), Fountaindale Public Library District’s operating tax rate is 0.4407 mils (0.5805 total rate, including building bonds) while the Plainfield Public Library District’s operating tax rate is 0.2057 mils. The difference in the long-term level of support for a public library is generally evident in the size and depth of the Library’s collections. Source - Will County Tax Rates
The Plainfield Public Library District works closely with the Plainfield School District 202. Library staff not only take Library programs into the schools, but also work with District 202 librarians and teachers to provide materials in support of the curriculum. Examples of programs in District 202 schools include presenting storytime at Bonnie McBeth Preschool, facilitating lunchtime book discussion groups at middle schools, and presenting programs to meet Common Core learning objectives. Since the current Library building was built in 1990-1991, District 202 has added 25 school buildings. The space constraints of the undersized library building limit the amount of books and other library materials that can be retained to support the curriculum of District 202.