The Oak Park Public Library was built for approximately $40,000,000. The referendum for this expenditure was passed by 800 votes (4,300 in favor, 3,500 against). Therefore, of 30,000 registered voters, in Dear Old Oak Park, a mere 27 percent exercised their franchise on this matter.
This monstrosity is an ecological disaster! The vaulted ceilings waste heat and air conditioning. There is too much open space. The temporary space in Forest Park was actually more efficient.
An ongoing waste of taxpayers resources are the library lights. The lights for the entire library are on 24 hours a day. I have discussed with library personnel the need to have the library lights on all night and been told, basically, "That's how the folks on the library board, want it, lights on."
Apparently, many view the library as Oak Park's version of Paris' Eiffel Tower. They do say, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."
Let's go green, turn off the lights, and save some money! (Perhaps the architect forgot to put in light switches.)
Daniel R. Hefner
Editor's note: According to Jim Madigan, assistant director for Administrative Services, the referendum for the new main library was approved for $30 million, of which $465,000 was designated to be used for Maze branch renovations. The new main library came in under budget, and they spent $2.4 million on the Maze project.
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