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April 3-9, 2022, marks National Library Week: a time to celebrate all the amazing things libraries do and offer for the people of their communities. We thought this would be a good time to check in with our Trustees to see what they love about our Library, and why they feel public libraries are important. We’ve selected a few of their answers to share with you here. 

Q: What is your favorite thing to do at Schaumburg Township District Library? 

Jillian Bernas: I like to watch my daughter pick out her own books off the shelves. I also like to check out travel guides for upcoming travel or places on my bucket list. But I think I get the most use out of the online resources available through our Library. 

Carole Pye: I love to sit near the Richard Hunt sculpture on the second floor of the Central Library and read art and travel books I just selected from the shelves. I also enjoy sitting by the fireplaces at the Hanover Park and Hoffman Estates branches to read newspapers and magazines.

Q: What is your favorite thing about our Library? 

Theresa Seyring: Our library has such a "welcome" vibe. It's an escape, a place where something new is always happening.

Amy Mueller: The helpful staff and the generous checkout policy that automatically renews books for you! 

Q: What is your favorite thing about public libraries? 

Emily Gilbert: I love how much public libraries have adapted in my lifetime. I remember hearing concerns that the internet would be the end of public libraries, but of course that hasn’t happened at all! I would argue that public libraries are even more important now that everyone has so much information at their fingertips. Also, public libraries offer so much more than print materials, and it has been amazing to see innovations like makerspaces and libraries of things become more widespread in recent years. 

Theresa Seyring: Public libraries can level "playing fields." The wisdom of the ages is available to anyone and everyone.

Q: What is the most valuable thing can you do with your Schaumburg Library card? 

Jillian Bernas: When I was in college and graduate school, I would check certain textbooks out of the library instead of buying them. It saved me a lot of money. 

Julie Wroblewski Bosshart: If you can’t come to the Library, you can do so much at home online. When I am too busy to come into the Library, I love to hold materials online and pick them up from the Pick-Up Lockers.

Q: Why do you think public libraries are important? 

Amy Mueller: They level the playing field, offering all members of the community access to information. Libraries offer a place to collaborate, research, relax, and explore. 

Carole Pye: They serve our community with opportunities for everyone of all ages to grow and learn - to become our best!

Q: What’s your favorite memory of Schaumburg Township District Library? 

Julie Wroblewski Bosshart: When I was a kid, I would pile in the car with my neighborhood friends to go to the Library to get Nancy Drew books. I read every one that I could get my hands on. It was an early start at a life-long passion for reading for me.

Emily Gilbert: The library was the first place I took my daughter by myself when I was on leave after she was born. Leaving the house with a newborn was very intimidating, but I knew the library would be a welcoming space even if she started crying. That day, I ended up browsing the shelves and starting a new book while she napped in her stroller. She is five now and she still loves the library!