Adam Burghgraef

Below are candidate-submitted answers to a biographical survey Riverside-Brookfield Landmark sent out to all candidates running in this year’s elections.

Age:  37

Previous political experience: Current Library Board of Trustees

Previous community experience: Library Facility Advisory Committee

Occupation: Architect/Project Manager

Education: University of Illinois at Chicago [1998- 2002] Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction in Architectural Studies

Do you support building a new library? If no, why not? If so, what does the board need to do to make that a reality? Does it involve different outreach, revising the design? When should the library board seek another referendum?

  1. Understanding the Library is a popular part of Brookfield, as a Library Board Trustee, I supported the referendum proposal for a new facility. 
  2. Since the election, I have been in contact with neighbors and community members to gather an understanding why the referendum did not pass; was there a design flaw, was there a misunderstanding of the proposed solution or a question of feasibility?  This process is an important part of my professional career; I enjoy working with others and now look forward to develop a feasible solution that a majority of the Brookfield will accept.  I’m confident a reasonable resolution can be presented within 3 years. 

What is the role of a library in the 21st century? What kind of programming and services should a library offer; what should it not offer? Is the library meeting its mission now? Why or why not? 

  1. The Library should continue to Inform, Inspire and Innovate.  The Library must continue to adapt to the changing world and understand the current need of the Village residents, such as a young student, the working parent or a retiree. 
  2. Absolutely the Library has been meeting that mission and has been vital to Brookfield, servicing individuals of all ages and incomes. This mission has been carried through by a great Library Director, whom I enjoy working with for over 3 years.        

If a referendum is not approved within the time period allowed by the village, what then? What is the way forward if it does not involve a new facility? Is there a way to make the existing facility more usable?

The Library would have to prioritize the needs and wants of the staff and community to determine what solutions would provide the greatest impact for the long term.  I am open to reviewing and evaluating all effective and achievable options. 

What other issues are important to you as a library board candidate? How would you advocate for them as a board member?

I want to make sure all individuals are included, invited and involved in the Library; offer any resources or classes that spark an interest which is currently not available.