Focus Logo TransparentResidents of the City of Crystal Lake will have the opportunity to shape the future of the community during a series of four public input sessions on public library service within the City limits. The FOCUS (Future of Crystal Lake Library Under Study) Community Engagement sessions will begin on March 10 and run through June 9, providing the public a chance to communicate their values related to Library service for the City of Crystal Lake.

The sessions are being organized by a Facilitating Team consisting of 12 community members, two Library Board members, two Library Staff members, and the Library Director, and chaired by Loreen Keller, Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at McHenry County College, and Robert Reisenbuechler, a local educator.

The purpose of the four Community  Engagement Sessions is to generate discussion related to the future of the Library.  Each session will include a different presentation followed by a workshop in which residents will have the opportunity to share their views about different aspects of the future of the Library.

“I am confident this engagement process will remind the community that a strong library is one of the many reasons people choose to live in Crystal Lake,” says Loreen Keller, FOCUS co-chair. All community residents are encouraged to attend these Community Engagement sessions. The outcome of this series of meetings will be shared with the Library Board, who will use the information to determine next steps in finding the most cost effective, long-term solution for our aging building.

Residents planning to attend are asked to register to ensure there are enough tables to accommodate everyone. Each meeting will focus on a different topic. Participants may register for one or more meetings in the series.  You may find links to register for each meeting on the Home and Community Engagement Sessions pages on this website.

Members of the Facilitating Team include:  Doug Carlino, Stew Cohen, Marty Eberhardt, Holly Eberle, Evette Flores, Jo Lynn Gillespie, Carol Heisler, Loreen Keller, Kathryn Martens, Linda Price-Natter, Robert Reisenbuechler, Mary Robinson, Rhienna Trevino, Tom Vaclavek, Bill Weller, and Fred Wickham.