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Lobby Renovation Project

Construction graphicThe library will be closed Monday, January 5; Tuesday, January 6; and Wednesday, January 7 to install (weld) new beams in the lobby, to create a new workspace upstairs and more lighting downstairs. For the safety of our staff and patrons we can not be open during this process. If work progresses faster than anticipated we'll let you know here, and open as soon as possible.

This week, the skylights were removed and the roofing is done. It took almost two days to break the skylights away from their mountings – the caulk was like concrete. Yes, it was loud. The building did get a bit chilly when the skylights had been removed and the decking was being installed but the two public areas were done very early in the morning to limit the amount of cold air our staff and patrons were exposed to. Patrons and staff were all troopers and just kept on keeping on. Looking at the skylights from the rooftop you see a roof; from inside the library you see metal decking. There will ultimately be a flat ceiling covering the four lightwells but that will wait until all the other drywalling is done.

Next the beams for our new workroom are being fabricated. Bob will chip out chunks of concrete topping along the interior perimeter of the new workspace, carving nests for some metal brackets to rest in. He will need to remove bits of drywall all along all four sides.

Ten firms submitted bids for the lobby renovation project and Stuckey Construction Company, Inc. of Waukegan was awarded the contract. Work is expected to begin in December by capping off our leaking skylights.

In the entryway, the planters will be removed and patrons will enter via the sides of the lobby. The central lobby will become a gathering place with comfortable chairs, small tables and lots of electrical outlets with USB ports. A new ceiling and lights will reduce noise and brighten up the area.

In Youth Services, the computer room is being opened up to the rest of the department and the Cesaroni room will double in size when the staff workroom moves to the new floor space to be placed over the lobby.

The Grayslake Library will be paying for the project without requiring any extra tax dollars. Instead, we will use money left in the original Construction Bond Fund, $70,000 from the Friends of the Library, $30,000 from the Grayslake Library Foundation, and $20,000 from the Illinois State Library Per Capita Grant.

We know this will cause some disruption but the project will enable us to provide needed space within the existing building without requiring any additional taxes. We will endeavor to make the process as easy as possible for our patrons. Please watch our website for temporary closings.

booksFriends of the Library

Friends of the Library will not be accepting book donations in December due to construction.

YWCA Affordable Care Act Navigator
Fridays, December 5 to February 13 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Do you have health insurance? Worried that you will get charged for not having insurance? There will be a federally certified navigator at the library to help answer any questions as well as help filling out applications. The navigator will be here Friday mornings starting December 5 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Please call the Adult Reference Desk to register. (Navigator will not be available on the following Fridays: December 12, December 26, and January 2)

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Author Check

Want to know when the library has ordered a new title by your favorite best-selling author? Author Check allows patrons to make a list of their favorite authors through the library’s website, receive an email notice when the library orders a new title, and allow patrons to place their own holds. Click here or on the icon above to go directly to the site. Please note that Author Check is replacing our Rapid Reserves program.

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History and culture that excite and inspire, gardens that engage and soothe, hands-on discovery that educates and entertains – all of these and more are waiting for you. Use your library card to receive a Museum Adventure Pass, and get free admission or a special discount, depending on location, at one of the Chicago area museums. Get your pass at the Adult Reference Desk.

Click here to find out more about this great program!