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Graceffa appointed to Sugar Grove library board

Published: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 8:31 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – A funny thing happened to Sugar Grove resident Pat Graceffa on Thursday: She went to the Sugar Grove Library Board meeting as a regular citizen and came home as a newly appointed board member.

Graceffa, a longtime library Friends supporter, notified the public of this change in her status in a newsletter she sent out Friday.

Library trustee Edward DeBartolo, who was elected in April, moved to Florida, creating a vacancy on the board.

Library trustee Bill Durrenberger nominated Graceffa to fill the vacancy. Anthony Oliver seconded, and the vote was 6-0 to appoint her to the board.

"I'm absolutely delighted," Oliver said. "It all comes to those who wait."

Board president Dan Herkes was unavailable for comment.

Graceffa previously ran for the library board as a write-in candidate, but she did not garner enough votes to get on the board.

Oliver said he urged Graceffa to stay active with the Friends group, even as she serves on the library board. Oliver said she promised to do that.

"I said, 'I'd hate to lose you from the Friends,' " Oliver said.

In Graceffa's newsletter, she promised "to always do my best for you, the taxpayer and our wonderful library."

Graceffa did not respond to voicemail messages or an email seeking further comment.

As the previous president of the Friends, Graceffa resigned and shut down the volunteer group during a tumultuous time in 2011, when the board majority fired its library director, Beverely Holmes-Hughes, after 21 years in the role.

In comments earlier this year, Graceffa said the Friends were regrouping.

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