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BarbarHouk who has been an employee Crown Point library over 20 years cleans out display case as she other workers

Barbara Houk, who has been an employee at the Crown Point library over 20 years, cleans out a display case as she and other workers pack up items and get ready to move into the new library just north of the square. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media

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A grand opening openhouse for the new library is scheduled for 2-5 p.m. Oct. 28.

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Crown Point Community Library has established a grace period for any material due between now and Oct. 22.

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Updated: November 3, 2012 6:14AM



The Crown Point Community Library was a little more quiet than usual Monday as employees packing boxes replaced the patrons normally using the facility.

Workers were finishing up the last packing duties for the library as they began the three-week process that will transfer the collection from the current location at 214 N. Court St. to the new $12 million building in the 100 block of North Main St.

The library closed Sunday and the new building will open for business on Oct. 22.

“There will be a lot of prep work to get done in order to make the library ready,” said Lynn Frank, director.

Some of that prep work included labeling the more than 100,000 books in the collection for the move, which will be completed by a professional moving team experienced in library moves.

Frank said the move is coordinated to the last detail with floor plans to help transfer the existing equipment to the right place inside the new library. Even the IT department has mapped out exactly where the existing computers will go in concert with the new technology at the new building.

The new three-story building measures more than 45,000 square feet and includes three community meeting rooms, additional computer stations for all age levels, a self-checkout system, small group study rooms, an Internet café, and display areas for traveling exhibits. It will also feature expanded parking and more storage space for library materials.

Circulation assistant Laura Greaney of Lowell is looking forward to the move but is sorry to be leaving the old building.

“I carried all three of my kids here,” said Greaney, who during the past 20-plus years raised her family while working for the library.

“I’m excited about the move. There will be more room for more stuff and for more people. There will be meeting rooms,” she said.

Greaney said she is looking forward to the reaction from library who take advantage of the library on a regular basis.

“They are like family to us,” she said.

Mayor David Uran said the new library building is a positive addition to the city and could help spur businesses downtown once the building opens later this month.

“There will be a lot of additional foot traffic,” Uran said.



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