I've gotten more responses from readers about the Champaign Public Library's plan to charge residents of the Tolono and Mahomet library districts $200 annually to check out Champaign materials than maybe any other story I've written in my short career. And the debate seems to be pretty robust on both sides.
I'll stay on top of it for you, but for those who want a voice in the process, there are two meetings coming up that you would be interested in.
The first is tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the Robeson Pavilion rooms at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. There, the library's board of trustees will convene their regular monthly meeting to discuss regular library business. There's nothing on that agenda specifically about the $200 annual fee, but there is a public input period where attendees of the public meeting can address the board on any library issue.
The second is Monday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Trail Libraries System headquarters, 1704 W. Interstate Dr., C. (at the corner of Mattis Avenue and Interstate Drive, north of I-74, but before you hit the I-57 overpass). There, the Lincoln Trail Libraries System board of directors will meet for their monthly meeting. I have yet to see an agenda for this meeting, but the board president earlier this month told me that I should expect a discussion of the Champaign fee to be a specific agenda item. The Lincoln Trail Libraries System is the body that coordinates interlibrary loans and the exchange of materials between the region's libraries.
I'll be at both of these meetings to see what those affected will have to say. Feel free to approach me at the either of meetings (I'll be the guy with the reporter's notebook). Or post your comments below, e-mail me or send me a message on Twitter.