TISKILWA — An open house is planned at the new Tiskilwa Public Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday during the village’s Strawberry Festival. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m.
“We would like the community to come out and see the library,” said Lisa Bettner, lead librarian.
The new library opened for business on March 10 while the old library is being refurbished to return the building to its original glory as much as possible. The larger library also allows the library staff to accept books donated by the community.
“We have had many books donated that we can accept, since we have more space. The books that we can’t use we will sell at a book sale, hopefully during Pow Wow Days,” Bettner said.
“Many volunteers have also put in numerous hours to help move books and other items into the larger library. We have had people replace windows, clean, put shelving together and wood panels on the shelving units,” added Bettner. “Crossroads High School students helped to move books. Board members and community members donated many hours in order to get the library looking as good as it does right now.”
The Friends of Library members have also helped on Tuesdays with the needs of the library like dusting books and cleaning, she added. They also get the library ready for children’s story hours.
From September to March 31, the library received about $72,000 in donations. An anonymous donor made a matching gift of 50 cents for every dollar raised during the capital campaign, meaning that person donated $36,000 to the cost of the new library.
The library had received a $504,000 grant from the state library for the construction of a 3,800-square-foot addition to house the new library and renovate the former library into a community room. The total cost for the entire project is around $1 million.
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