Crown Point breaks ground on library
By Diane Krieger Spivak email@example.com June 8, 2011 9:12AM
Library director Lynn Frank trustee Janet Katich and Crown Point mayor David Uran share a laugh before breaking ground on the new Crown Point Community Library Wednesday afternoon. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 23, 2012 2:34AM
CROWN POINT — Twelve years ago, when Bonnie Hunter took over as president of the Crown Point Community Library Board, her goal was to increase programming for adults.
She soon realized the limitations of the building and the fact that the community had, “seriously outgrown the facility.”
Hunter shared that moment June 1 with more than 100 people who came to an open field just north of City Hall that within two years will be the location of a new 46,750-square-foot library.
After years of stops and starts in the planning stages, officials were finally able to break ground on the just-under $12 million library at 122 N. Main St.
Library Director Lynn Frank credited the citizens of Crown Point for supporting the vision of a new building.
“It takes a community to raise a library,” she said. “That’s what you see here today. We worked together the last 10 years to find all the pieces we needed.”
Frank said the library could open as soon as December 2012.
Library board officials got the cooperation of the City Council and Redevelopment Commission to find a downtown location for the library.
Homann Karate Do will relocate to the city’s Sportsplex on North Street and that building will be razed for a green space adjacent to the new building.
The bigger building will offer community meeting rooms, children’s program room, teen area, quiet reading areas, study rooms, Internet cafe, WiFi, outdoor activity space, and adequate space for library events, technology and expanding library collections.
Mayor David Uran reminded attendees of the library’s history as a Carnegie Library more than 100 years ago.
“This means so much to this community,” Uran said. “It’s a testament to what’s important to the city of Crown Point.”
Ann Holt, who lived in Crown Point 30 years before moving to Cedar Lake, was happy about the prospects of a new library.
“I’m an avid reader,” Holt said, noting that she’s read 400 books in the last three years.
Holt also brought her granddaughter to the library’s reading program.
Carole Gehring, a librarian at the Winfield branch, came to support the new building.
“We’ve been waiting for this forever,” she said, adding tongue-in-cheek, “If they get a new library we keep working,” she said.
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