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New Millstadt Library Open House

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: A NEW MILLSTADT LIBRARY

Millstadt Library Moves Forward with Plans to Build - and Needs Your Input

MILLSTADT, IL; Tuesday, June 8, 2021:New Millstadt Library Open House In August 2019, the Library announced its plans to construct a new facility to better serve our community. A lot has happened since then!

As many of you know, we purchased three acres of land east of the Millstadt Primary Center and west of Illinois 163, across from the local fairgrounds. Sewer and utility lines have been installed and you may have seen surveyors over the winter completing a topographical survey and soil boring tests.

We spent several months with library consultant and University of Illinois library professor, Dr. Fred Schlipf, who aided us in creating a comprehensive program that adhered to the State of Illinois’ library standards based on our community and its needs. Using this program and our new knowledge, we interviewed several qualified architecture firms. In the end, we hired Williams Architects of Itasca, Ill. Williams Architects’ incredible knowledge and library building experience has enabled us to make several specific, but tentative plans for our new library.

With the architect in place and planning underway, we spent two months researching a construction management firm that will allow us to create and construct a library that meets the community needs in the most cost-effective way. After a thorough and thoughtful interview process, we selected Poettker Construction Company from Breese, Ill.

We are steadily moving forward and reviewing conceptual plans for all the exciting things our new library will be able to offer. There is one thing missing from our plans however, and that is you! On Tuesday, June 8, anytime between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., we ask that you join us at the Millstadt VFW Post 7980 to learn more about our project, find out more about the many new and exciting resources being planned and to share your comments, concerns and feedback with us. Representatives from the architecture and construction management firms will be present to explain preliminary concepts and answer questions about the proposed project in an informal, open house setting.

This will be YOUR new library and we are seeking YOUR input to let us know what we need to make sure it serves Millstadt in the best way possible.

If you are unable to join us in person, no worries. Visit our website, http://www.millstadt-library.org and select the Google Form (that will be available closer to the event date) to learn more about our upcoming project. You will be able to leave your feedback and comments there as well.

In our 2019 communication, we addressed questions about why our library does not meet YOUR needs in its present location. Our main objectives for the new facility are providing space for more materials and more room for programs, events and services and the ability to own and operate our building independently. The unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic shined a new light on our restraints as social distancing guidelines forced us to limit our available computers and the number of patrons able to be served inside the library. We have done our best to accommodate everyone in our present location with the health and safety of our patrons and staff the top concern with all of our decisions.

We are looking forward to the future, knowing we live in a growing community with growing needs - and we feel this new building aligns with those goals. Our overriding goal with this open house is to answer any and all of your questions thoroughly, share our plans for the future, and relieve any misconceptions or misunderstandings.

Our exciting plans for the new facility, such as community meeting rooms, study spaces and designated children’s and teen areas, are proof that we will be able to create not only a new library, but a true community gathering place. Our goal is still to provide a modern, cost-efficient facility that the entire community can enjoy and experience.

Through a grant from the American Library Association, Libraries Transforming Communities and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, the library is able to host this interactive, socially-distanced event. We look forward to showing you our current plans and receiving your feedback. Please join us! We look forward to seeing you at the Millstadt VFW Post 7980 on June 8 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.!

To learn more about everything your Millstadt Library has to offer, please visit our website at http://millstadt-library.org/ or our Facebook page @MillstadtLibrary (https://www.facebook.com/MillstadtLibrary/).

Founded in 1964 by the Millstadt Civic Club, the Millstadt Library strives to provide unbiased access to the accumulated knowledge of the world, encouraging individuals to pursue personal enrichment and to take informed action using educational tools via print, electronic, and audio media, facilities for research, intellectual entertainment, assistance in the conversation of the social heritage of the community, and provide other services as the need arises.

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May 2021 Events!

Simple White Christmas Newsletter (1)May 2021 events are here!

Join us:

- the first week of May for Children's Book Week

- every Tuesday for Knitting and Crochet Night - in-person/online

- the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays for Youth Story Time - in-person/online (we're hoping to be outdoors, so please bring a blanket!)

- the 3rd Thursday for Craft Time - online

- 2nd to last Saturday (for Memorial Weekend) for Book Club - in-person/online

- Pick up in May/June for Perspectives Book Club book - Discussion in July

- DATE TO REMEMBER - June 8 for our New Millstadt Library Open House

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