Libraries Struggle with Request to Extend Services to Schools outside City

By Hartman, Kari Allen | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), July 28, 2000 | Go to article overview

Libraries Struggle with Request to Extend Services to Schools outside City


Hartman, Kari Allen, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Teachers in some area schools can use their building's library card to visit public libraries and check out materials for classroom use.

Other educators have to pay a fee to obtain a library card.

In Naperville, the question of fees depends on whether you teach within the city limits or in an unincorporated area.

Representatives from two elementary schools that fall within Indian Prairie Unit District 204 - but not within the city limits - now are requesting that their teachers also be eligible for free library cards.

Naperville Public Libraries board members touched on this issue at a meeting Wednesday, but didn't decide whether schools in unincorporated areas should receive so-called courtesy cards.

President Bruce Knopp suggested board members give the matter more thought before revisiting it on Aug. 16.

Board members anticipate a lengthy discussion.

"We need to look at the issue from top to bottom to see how effective it is ... and to see how we compare with other library systems," Vice President Jeff Knezovich said.

The board's discussion will surface several months after representatives from Longwood and Wheatland elementary schools requested their schools receive courtesy cards from the Naperville Public Libraries. Both schools fall in unincorporated areas near Naperville.

"We're not hostile, but we feel the (libraries') resources are there for the kids," said Fran Street, a member of the Longwood PTA. "But there seems to be a disparity because of the physical location of the building."

In May, Street sent a letter to State Rep. …

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