Meet Your Board of Trustees
Carl F. Gilmore
|I think the library is important to the community because: it is one of the few places where people can be educated, can find entertainment, and can become enthusiastic about the community and themselves – as far as their curiosity and interests (and persistence) will take them. The depth and breadth of a library’s resources, both physical and virtual – as curated by library professionals – is unmatched by any other institution, and their possibilities are available to all who seek to be and know more.
I was inspired to become a member of the board because: I knew, having seen first-hand in multiple capacities, the great asset that Plainfield Public Library is to our community. I did work on my Master’s Degree there while also bringing my children to some of the many programs that they offer (and occasionally reading a book or two for my own leisure). Through all those experiences, I got to know the staff and was able to see the strengths and possibilities of the library, so when an opportunity arose to join the library board and help set its future direction, I leapt at the chance.
My favorite way to use the library is: to introduce my sons to all the possibilities that are available to them with a library card and an inquisitive mind, whether that is a book, new music, a program to meet different people, or some other opportunity to try something different.
My favorite book is: The Stand by Stephen King (this week, anyway). Although it is at its core a dark, dystopian tale by a modern-day master of horror, the characters and situations in it really speak to the human condition and the ways in which community is at the heart of any society, whether crumbling or in its infancy.
Interests/Hobbies: My wife and I try to stay engaged in our 3 boys’ lives academically and extra-curricular – with many chances to do so, and I have served in several capacities at my church. I enjoy running and the time it allows me to clear my head while trying to keep Father Time at bay a little longer. On rare occasions, I also dabble in community theater as an actor and singer.
Profession: I am an educator; I am an Adjunct Instructor in the English and World Languages Department at Joliet Junior College, and I am an Evening Program Coordinator at JJC’s Romeoville Campus.