Director’s Corner

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” -Albert Camus

It is that time a year where there’s a chill in the air, the sun sets earlier, and the leaves begin to turn.

We’ve had a great summer unplugging from our devices to enjoy outdoor events at the library such as Summer Reading, Jazz on the Lawn, Drive in Movies (continues until November), Tai Chi Qigong, Weekend at Binny’s, and much more! We have lots for programming coming up for the Fall such as a Halloween Costume Showdown, Trunk n’ Treat, crafting, and much more.

We’ve redeveloping the prairie area and have initially removed the prairie grass. We will have fresh, green grass in the Spring of 2022. This redevelopment came from lack of use, maintenance cost of $20K to $30K a year, pest problems, and other aspects as well. We’re working on rental policies, fee structure, and application to those interested in renting out the “backyard” of the library.

The Hangout area is moving along quite well for Teens & Young Adults after being removed approximately eight (8) years ago. We’ve been using our annual Per Capita Grant to fund this project and will finish it up after receiving the Illinois Humanities Grant this month. The Friends of the Library have also helped with The Hangout area by giving us $500 towards furniture which we’re very appreciative of. Below is a picture of The Hangout so far:

We’re also using the Illinois Humanities Grant to begin the Youth Services Department redevelopment to make it more educational, interactive, and fun.

As always, thanks for coming to the library and checking out materials, attending programming, our FREE food pop-ups outside, our mini-pantry pop-up, new services such as getting your Illinois License Plate Renewal stickers, and much more. Hope everyone has a great Fall!

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