The Board of Trustees of the Maywood Public Library District announced due to a lack of funds they would be forced to close the Maywood Public Library at 121 South Fifth Avenue in west suburban Maywood, Illinois. WGN correspondent Frank Holland interviewed disappointed patrons who talked about how much they value the Maywood Public Library.
He also showed the Maywood Public Library District Board of Trustees make the announcement. In the text version of his report, Holland wrote, “The Library District, which is separate from the village is over a half-million dollars in debt.”
Holland reported they asked for assistance from the Village of Maywood, but no help was forthcoming. In his report, Holland showed this sign on the front door, “LIBRARY / CLOSED DUE TO / LACK OF FUNDS / UNTIL / FURTHER / NOTICE.”
A notice on the MPL District’s Web site reads, “The Maywood Public Library District will close at 5:30 pm on October 26th due to a lack of funding. The Library will reopen when funding is secured.”
ABC-7 (WLS) reported the Board of Trustees “blame falling tax revenue. They say they're trying to secure other funding including bank loans so it can reopen.”
Maywood has suffered financially since the factories that formerly employed thousands of people closed over thirty years ago. According to the Village of Maywood and Regional Transportation Authority’s Maywood Station Area Plan (2004), “Per capita income in Maywood in 1999 was $14,915. This is significantly less than the per capita income in all of Cook County, which was $23,227 in 1999. Median household income in Maywood in 1999 was $41,942, compared to $45,922 in Cook County overall.”
This information is somewhat dated, but it provides insight into why a local government body could run into financial trouble. One can donate money to the Maywood Public Library District through the Maywood Library Foundation by downloading and printing out this form, filling it out, and mailing it in with a check or money order.
In the meantime, public libraries in neighboring suburbs will honor Maywood Public Library (MPL) cards. Library Director Stan Huntington told ABC-7 the MPL District had a debt of $500,000 that had to be retired, it needs $300,000 to operate until spring, and other public libraries have financial woes.