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Closing the book on the upgrade

DEPUE – It’s been three months since renovations of the Selby Township Library kicked-off, and today, the project it near completion.

Marcia Broady, head librarian, said crews are closing in on being about three-fourths finished with the list of ongoing work.

In February, the library was one of 15 that was awarded the Public Library Construction Act Grant. A check in the amount of $94,140 was presented to the library in March by Illinois Secretary of State/State Librarian Jesse White.

Work on the library began in May. Recently, Broady gave a long list of items that had been completed including, demolition of all existing exterior cement plaster; removal and replacement of all deteriorated wood wall sheathing; and the replacement of new windows and interior wood window trims.

Currently crews are finishing up the installation of soffits and gutters; applying the new exterior stucco surface; and will soon be putting up new exterior lights and a new sign.

Broady said she expects the entire project to be completed within the next couple of weeks, weather permitting.

Despite all the new changes going on in the library, Broady reassured the look and feel of the building is still the same, which had been a goal for Broady. She had expressed interested in keeping the same look and feel for patrons before renovations began.

“The library building, while not technically a historical building, is still part of the DePue history. We were hoping to keep the look of the building, so it can still be seen as a community landmark,” she said.

The library building was originally built as an interurban station in 1906. Later it was a doctor’s office, and in 1986 was remodeled to serve as the library building.

With the new renovations, the library building will also ensure modest maintenance costs,

“This will save us money in the next 10 to 20 years by reducing our maintenance costs and reducing out utility costs,” Broady said. “In fact, we’ve already seen a reduction in utility costs.”

As reported earlier, the total cost of the project was estimated to be $125,520. The grant index ranked each library based on financial parameters. The Selby Township Library qualified for 75 percent, which meant the library would only have to be responsible for 25 percent of the project.

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