To the Editor:
I was a trustee of the Crystal Lake Public Library for 11 years, stepping down last year. What did I learn?
What you see: You come into the library having reserved a book online or checked the new book shelf. You might use the internet or take a class, take your child to story hour, ask a librarian a question and more. The staff is friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. What's not to like?
What you don't see: The tremendous growth in usage of the library. The library processed 655,000 items in 2002 and over 1 million items in 2010 in the same aging, cramped space. Up 50 percent while the Crystal Lake population grew 5 percent.
The library has three older heating-and-air-conditioning systems. Another story room is needed. The main meeting room downstairs is much too small and always booked far in advance. Try and reserve it. Most libraries have two or more. I could go on.
If you were on the board and it was your job to provide the library Crystal Lake deserves, you would see the need for a newer large library like I do.
Brian V. Pappalardo