A campaign to save the
Niles-Maine District Library

#SaveNilesLibrary is a campaign of the Niles Coalition. Our goal is to protect the Niles-Maine District Library, which is under attack by a bloc of hostile board trustees: Joe Makula, Carolyn Drblik, Olivia Hanusiak, and Suzanne Schoenfeldt. These trustees took power in spring 2021 as a result of an extremely low-turnout election. In 2021, after the anti-library trustees enacted a “temporary hiring freeze” and slashed the library’s budget, Olivia Hanusiak resigned, leaving the board with 3 anti-library trustees who refuse to allow the board to fill the vacant seat on the board.

The anti-library trustees have overspent their budgeted amount for legal expenses, in part due to their violations of the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act. While refusing to allow the library’s Director to fill dozens of staff positions that have become vacant in the last year they have instead funneled our public funds into private businesses including outside accountants and their own campaign videographer. Before the anti-library trustees took power, our library was consistently ranked among the best in the country, and all of the trustees should be advocates for our library and allow library staff to serve our community.

Find more information on the issues and a list of organizations and public figures speaking out about the cuts to the library here:
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  • [EMAIL] United
    Niles Coalition has celebrated the 1 year anniversary of our founding. It was the attack on our Niles-Maine District Library that acted as the inciting incident […]
  • [EMAIL] Niles Transparency
    The people of Niles deserve transparency. We know an open government strengthens democracy and builds trust. Unfortunately, in Niles, actions and decisions that affect our Village […]
  • [EMAIL] Love Means Action
    It’s time for action! Join us this Friday at 1:30 p.m. to Denounce Racist Attacks at Niles West in solidarity with the Abolition Coalition of Skokie, […]
  • [EMAIL] Voicing Truth!
    Greetings friends, In our last email Silencing Dissent, we spoke not only about the lack of representation in our governing bodies but the direct suppression of […]
  • [EMAIL] Silencing Dissent
    Greetings community members, In an inclusive community, all voices would be represented and heard. We wrote about how public access to Village of Niles Board Meetings […]
  • [EMAIL] Write With Us!
    Howdy neighbor! With several elected officials leaving their posts mid-term in recent months, there are alotta opportunities for new leadership and representation in Niles. First we […]
  • Levy FAQ
    In order to maintain our building, staff, and services, the library needs sustainable funding.  Any decrease in the levy, the main revenue source for the library, […]
  • Niles Youth Community Petition Comments
    Here are some comments from the Niles Youth Community Library Petition. You still have time to add your own! “I support the demands of the Niles […]
  • Liberate the Library Protest Postponed
    Hello supporter! Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Niles Youth Community has decided to postpone the Liberate the Library protest scheduled for Wednesday October 20th. Liberating the […]
  • [EMAIL] Youth Solidarity
    Howdy neighbor! Leaders of social justice have emphasized the importance of solidarity. It is a crucial element for a just society. All of us are or […]
  • Niles Youth Community Library Petition
    The Niles-Maine District Library is being undermined by three anti-library trustees: Carolyn Drblik, Suzanne Schoenfeldt, and Joe Makula. Their attack on our library will disproportionately impact […]
  • [EMAIL] Youth Coalition Building
    Hello there neighbor! We have some awesome news to share, with opportunities you or people you know may be interested in. Check it out and please […]
  • [EMAIL] One Down, Three To Go!
    *BIG NEWS* on our Niles Coalition #SaveNilesLibrary campaign! Yesterday was a new day. Yesterday we woke up knowing that on 8-18-2021 the anti-library bloc of the […]
  • [EMAIL] #SaveNilesLibrary All Day Every Day
    We hope everyone is enjoying the last days of summer. While the summer winds to a close we’re just warming up! After the big #SaveNilesLibrary rally […]
  • [EMAIL] Post-Rally Update: Our First Win!
    On Wednesday night, we won an important victory. Library board trustee Olivia Hanusiak, who originally supported a widely-criticized austerity budget, broke with the majority and proposed […]
  • [EMAIL] Rally to Save Niles Library
    Hi Neighbor! In Niles we have an undeniable lack of representation in our local government. While #SaveNilesLibrary is our first campaign in response to the immediate […]
  • [EMAIL] July 20 Action Plan to Save Niles Library
    Hi Neighbor, We have a small Niles Coalition update with an important #SaveNilesLibrary plan to join. Check it out! Niles Coalition We have a new logo! […]
  • More Info
    People and organizations that have spoken out against the actions of the Trustees: East Maine School District 63 Board of Education Dr. Scott Clay, Superintendent of […]
  • Resist, Resist!
    While the anti-library bloc of Trustees Carolyn Drblik, Joe Makula, Susan Schoenfeldt, & Olivia Hanusiak have been scheming amongst themselves for quite some time and continue […]
    ⚠️ ACTION ITEM ⚠️Please sign this petition from AFSCME Council 31. We Support Niles-Maine District Library Employees! Tell the Niles-Main District Library Board of Trustees to […]