A Message from the new Library Board President, Jason Brandt

As the newly elected Helen Plum Library Board President, I wanted to address two concerns that we have heard from the community. The first is the Ordinance 2017-2018-002 that our Board approved at the July 11, 2017 Board meeting. This Ordinance is a Resolution of Intent which is a procedural requirement in order for us … More A Message from the new Library Board President, Jason Brandt

Quick Summary on Library-Park negotiations

During the on March 29, 2016 Lombard Park District’s Board of Park Commissioners Board meeting, Library representatives presented an initial new building concept plan prior to voting on going for a referendum. Following that meeting, the Library requested a discussion to begin drafting an Intergovernmental Agreement that would cover aspects such as property boundaries, protection … More Quick Summary on Library-Park negotiations

Update on the Helen Plum Library New Building Project

Following the successful passage of the referendum to increase funding to the Helen Plum Library for a new building and additional operating revenue, the Board and Administrative team, along with architect Joe Huberty from Engberg Anderson and construction manager Jack Hayes have been hard at work developing plans for the new building and interim location. … More Update on the Helen Plum Library New Building Project

Library District Levy Explanation

 (first levy following voter approval on November 8, 2016 of a higher limiting rate) This memo explains the relationship between the limiting rate (tax rate) and the Library District’s levy amount of $6,750,000 for the Library District’s first levy following the referendum on November 8, 2016. On November 8, 2016, voters approved a limiting rate … More Library District Levy Explanation

Thank you, Lombard!

Dear Fellow Lombardians, On behalf of myself, my fantastic staff and dedicated Board of Trustees, thank you Lombard for putting your trust in us by voting to invest in a new Helen Plum Library. The successful passage of the Library Proposition to approve a tax rate increase proves that the Lombard voters care deeply for … More Thank you, Lombard!

Questions about the Referendum Terms

In response to concerns about the financial terms of the Helen Plum Memorial Library District Proposition to Increase the Limiting Rate, the Library reached out to bond attorney Kelly Kost and bond underwriter James Rachlin for clarification of the complicated wording of the referendum on the November 8 ballot. Why didn’t the Library Board include … More Questions about the Referendum Terms

Community Video: Helen Plum’s Next Chapter

The November 8, 2016 ballot question asks for approval of a tax rate increase for the purpose of building and replacing the current 53 year old Library with a new, larger building, as well as expanding library collections, services and programs. This cost includes a temporary relocation, new furnishings and technology, as well as fees … More Community Video: Helen Plum’s Next Chapter

What happens to the Library if the Nov. 8 referendum is unsuccessful?

On Nov. 9, if the Helen Plum Library referendum is unsuccessful, Director Barb Kruser, her administration team and the Board of Trustees will immediately begin looking at the Library’s operating budget to make some very difficult decisions on which services, collections, building hours, and staff can be cut or reduced to pay for all of … More What happens to the Library if the Nov. 8 referendum is unsuccessful?