News Briefs: Township trustee appointed, local library lauded
Kate Casale MacNally was confirmed as the newest New Trier Township trustee on Tuesday, Dec. 14, during a Township Board meeting.
MacNally will replace John Thomas, a five-year trustee who died on Nov. 6 at 86 years old.
According to the township, MacNally wrote in her application, “I would seek to honor his legacy of service by bringing my energy to the board, helping to unite the Township’s villages, and living a life of service.”
A Winnetka resident, MacNally spent time serving on the Winnetka Zoning Board of Appeals, the Winnetka-Northfield Library Board and the Winnetka Caucus Council.
According to Township officials, MacNally was chosen among four applicants.
“As we’re coming out of the darkest days of the pandemic (hopefully), we have a unique opportunity to reintroduce the Township to our citizens — what it is, what it does, why it’s important, and how everyone can get involved,” MacNally reportedly wrote in her application. ” … As a board, we can and should help to foster a sense of community beyond the town lines, so that our neighbors see themselves as not only part of their own Village, but as a valued part of — and responsible for — the greater township community.”
Wilmette library earns distinct national honor once again
The Wilmette Public Library again received the highest distinction in the Library Journal’s annual review of library services in the Star Library program.
According to a press release from the library, it has earned the honor of five starts for three straight years.
Library Journal reportedly analyzed 5,846 qualifying libraries, awarding stars to 261 libraries in 40 states. Fifteen Illinois libraries qualified as star libraries, with eight earning a five-star rating: Naperville Public Library, Gail Borden Public Library District, Schaumburg Township District Library, Northbrook Public Library, Elmhurst Public Library, Oak Park Public Library, and Ela Area Public Library District, and Wilmette.
“We are delighted to again receive this recognition of our commitment to excellent service,” Wilmette Library Director Anthony Auston said in the release. “The Wilmette and Kenilworth community’s continued support and enthusiasm for our Library inspires us to continue to reach higher. We are honored to be a valued and trusted local resource and to be nationally recognized for it.”
Library Journal analyzes and indexes data from public libraries nationwide to recognize American public libraries. The Star Library program provides quantitative analysis in seven key areas: per capita circulation of physical materials, number of visitors, e-circulation, public computer use, program attendance, Wi-Fi sessions and e-retrievals.
Wilmette reportedly performed particularly well in several categories, including within the digital realm: e-circulation and Wi-Fi sessions were among the highest among peer libraries, with 7.08 e-circulations per capita and 40.15 Wi-Fi sessions per capita. Wilmette also performed remarkably well in overall circulation (27.18 per capita) and program attendance (1.23 per capita).
Winnetka’s Berkshire Hathaway names managing broker
According to a media release Kevin Rynes has been named managing broker of the Berkshire Hathaway’s Winnetka office located at 839 Elm St.
Glass said in the release, “It’s my privilege to congratulate Kevin on this position. Growing up in Lake Forest, he appreciates and is a huge cheerleader for the North Shore and all it has to offer. Agents who have worked with him enjoy learning from him and working with him. And he loves to share his knowledge of analytics and technology with agents to help them grow and achieve their business goals. I have been impressed with Kevin’s business acumen and am excited for the future of this office.”
Rynes is a Loyola Academy alumnus who began working as an apprentice for his father’s custom home building company when he was 16 years old.
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This article was developed using publicly available information, such as press releases, municipal records and social media posts.