We will keep you updated on our building addition and renovation plan here in the coming months. Serving you is what we do!
Currently, the contractors are working on the front addition to the building– as you’ll see the front wall has already been dismantled! Please use street parking or a village lot when visiting the library and walk along Blackhawk Blvd to reach the rear entrance near Mobil. We have a blue book drop located near the temporary entrance as our regular book drop is closed and we continue to offer curbside service for those who would prefer it. Stay safe by steering clear of the construction area.
Starting on Tuesday, October 13th the front entrance of the library will be closed and our emergency exit at the back of the building will be the temporary entrance while the front addition is being built. The temporary blue book drop will also be relocated by this temporary rear entrance. Please walk along the building on Blackhawk to reach this entrance as our parking lot will continue to be closed.
Construction began in August and will continue through next year with a hopeful completion date of June 2021. Currently in Phase 1, the back of the building is being worked on. As soon as the back entrance is safe to use, the front entrance will be closed so that the front addition can be dug.
At the May board meeting, the library board of trustees approved and signed a construction contract with Larson & Larson Builders Inc. who was the low bidder on our project. The board is working with financial advisor Dan Forbes of Speer Financial and bond council Kyle Harding of Chapman & Cutler to complete the debt certificates from First National Bank & Trust. The short groundbreaking ceremony on August 6th at 10am will be broadcast live on Facebook for the public to safely attend via the web and work will begin following the ceremony. Construction is expected to be completed by Summer 2021.
Building Renovation and Addition
If/when we close we will give ample notice to the community. Keep checking back here for updates as we have them.
This building plan will give the library multiple new quiet study rooms, a larger room for programs, better more accessible restrooms, and a new space for teens and their collection. Our Young Adult collection has circulated over 15,000 times in the past 3 years, so we feel it’s time to create a positive, safe environment for teens to feel a sense of belonging. In addition, a needed sprinkler system will be installed as well as updating all of the flooring, ceilings, and light fixtures– most of which are more than 25 years old. Dairyhaus will not be affected!