Please don't take our library away
My wife and I are lifelong residents of Elk Grove Village. We both attended Stevenson Elementary, Mead Jr. High, and Conant High School, residing with our respective parents during adolescence. 11 years ago, we purchased a home within a mile of our childhood homes, confident in the decision that our children would be raised in a great community. We have two children, aged 11 and nine, both of whom are homeschooled by my wife. We were recently made aware of the decision by Schaumburg Library to cease making payments to Elk Grove Village for the residents who live west of Rohlwing Road that enjoy privileges at both libraries. The Schaumburg Library, which collects Schaumburg Library taxes for these residents and promised--since 1983--to pay 50% to Elk Grove Library to allow these residents access to Elk Grove's library, unilaterally decided not to renew this Agreement with the Elk Grove Library, citing financial difficulties. Obviously, this news is detrimental to many community members. Many of our friends and family who live in this section of Elk Grove Village rely on the strength of this institution to help provide educational and social opportunities to us. It hits our family even harder due to the fact that my wife and children utilize the EGVPL quite frequently as part of our homeschool curriculum. While we will be able to continue to utilize EGVPL after May 1, our privileges will be drastically altered. It is obvious that the current financial troubles of our country force public bodies to make difficult decisions. However, as taxpayers, we were not allowed to voice our opinions about this decision that negatively affects our lives. It seems like it is time to begin an Occupy the Library campaign. We implore to the public: Please Help!