DEPUE – Illinois Secretary of State/State Librarian Jesse White was in DePue Monday morning presenting a $94,140 check to the Selby Township Library.
The library was one of 15 that was awarded the Public Library Construction Act Grant in February.
“Libraries, more than ever, play an important role in every community,” White said. “I want to applaud the people of DePue and for the Selby Township (library) for coming up with the funds necessary to qualify for this wonderful grant.”
White was met by DePue’s third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classes, as well as many community members, village officials and library board members.
Head librarian Marcia Broady spoke about the importance of the grant and how it will help the library continue to provide services.
In order to qualify for the grant, the library had to show proof it could provide the matching funds portion of 25 percent. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $125,520.
During Monday’s ceremony, Broady explained all the repairs and renovations that will take place to the 100-year-old building, beginning in May.
“This grant is going to allow us to at least preserve the historic look of the building, which was very important to the library board,” she said. “It’s got a lot of character, and we wanted to keep that.”
Broady said the outside of the building will be stripped from the brick up. Deterioration and water damage repairs will be made. A channeling system will be installed to prevent water from running into the building. A stucco-type material will be placed on the outside of the building. Energy efficient windows will also be installed, which will make the structure energy efficient, thus saving on expenses.
“It’s going to be very exciting to be able to preserve this building for the library and for the community,” she said.
Sen. Sue Rezin and State Rep. Frank Mautino were also in attendance at Monday’s ceremony. White recognized both for their roles in securing the grant money.
“It wouldn’t have been made possible without Sen. Rezin and Rep. Mautino,” he said. “They played an important role in bringing forth the dollars distributed across the state.”
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