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Poor library coverage

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

The powers that be at the Northwest Herald should be ashamed of themselves for extremely sparse coverage of the Crystal Lake Public Library’s EPIC 100th anniversary event Aug. 24.

More than 3,000 Crystal Lake-area residents enjoyed a climbing wall, bouncy house, carnival games, face painting, mini-golf, bingo, photo booth, a slide, a DJ, magicians, jugglers, balloons and balloon artists, the Strikers, high school cheerleaders, barbershop quartet, Culver’s and Colonial ice cream, hot dogs, etc., from the Knights of Columbus and much more.

The library was also open for business while the event took place inside and outside the building.

Of the 40,000-plus Crystal Lake-area residents, about 25,000 have library cards. No doubt they represent a significant percentage of the Northwest Herald’s readership.  Why, then, almost no coverage of this event except Mike Penkava’s wonderful, nostalgic column and one picture of face-painted children later that week?

We’re sure that many of your readers who are library cardholders note that other local libraries are mentioned in large and small articles on a weekly, if not daily, basis. My family and I expected that an important event such as the 100th anniversary of the county’s largest and most heavily used library would deserve coverage by your paper.

In future, we expect to read much more about this well-loved educational and community center in the Northwest Herald.

Pamela Miller

Crystal Lake

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