By MARGARET L. WILLIS
A presentation by Westchester Public Library attorney Terry Hiestand prompted
unanimous support by the Burns Harbor Town Council for the WPL system and
nothing but fond memories of using and being in the libraries.
The library, it seems, plays an integral part of nearly every citizens’ life
here in the Duneland community.
Council president Jim McGee, who spent years volunteering in Boy Scouting
when his son was younger, recalled the many visits to the library while the
boy was working on his merit badges. McGee said his son found reference to
the Hornaday Award, a regional award the equivalent of doing six Eagle
projects in three years, and stating simply, “I’m going to earn that award
Dad,“ which he proceeded to accomplish.
Council member Bernie Poparad has enjoyed accompanying his granddaughter to
library children’s programs, one in particular about Egypt recently. “They’re
great programs,“ he added. “This is valuable for the community.”
“We all have history with it,” added McGee.
The newest member of the WPL board, Claire Jolie, attended the Burns Harbor
meeting along with Hiestand.
The council voted 4-0 in favor of the resolution of support for WPL, which
provides the argument against consolidation with the Porter County Library
and, with the overwhelming agreement shown so far, proves the community
support for WPL remaining a township library.
Hiestand urged everyone in the Duneland community to join the Friends of the
Library, write to their legislators in opposition to consolidation and
participate in the public forums on the issue.
Tonight a public forum will take place at 7 p.m. at WPL’s Library Service
Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave. in Chesterton.
The monthly Library Board meeting will follow at approximately 8 p.m. at
Thomas Library one block west of the LSC.
Residents are also encouraged to attend the Library Board’s Oct. 18 public
forum at 7 p.m. at the Porter town hall to hear an update on