Updated September 2, 2014
Q. What’s the latest news about the library renovation project?
A. We are in the home stretch. At the end of August, the construction contract, managed by Shales McNutt Construction, was 93.7% complete.
Q. What remains to be done?
A. Several contractors are putting the finishing touches on their work. Some painting, carpet, floor tile, and electrical work continues, but major elements like restroom renovation are all done. A few final refinements are being completed by Product Architecture + Design. Architects and staff are inspecting to make sure that everything is completed according to plan.
Q. When will it be all finished?
A. We will be substantially finished by the end of September. A few details will remain, including the interior signs, a few window shades, some flooring, and some furniture deliveries.
Q. What are the features of the renovated building?
A. We are very excited about the new Mouse Café and Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) area in the Children’s Services department. A new Information Desk, a new check out area, and a new café complete the first floor. Upstairs, the new teen space, conference and study rooms, computer Training Room, Computer Help Desk, and Media Lab complete the rearrangement of Adult and Teen Services.
Q. What about the money?
A. We will spend a little less than the budgeted price tag of $2,660,000. Using reserve funds, operating funds, and a $200,000 gift from the Downers Grove Public Library Foundation, we will not borrow any money or increase property taxes to complete the work.
Q. Is it time to celebrate?
A. Almost. On Saturday October 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the library will host an Open House. We will offer tours, technology demonstrations, children’s activities, music, and refreshments. The planning for some surprises is in the works. Early in the day, the Library Board and elected leaders of the Village of Downers Grove will conduct a brief dedication ceremony to kick off the celebration.
Q. How can I stay well-informed?
A. The library is issuing frequent updates via news releases, printed newsletters, flyers, email distributions, website postings, Facebook, and Twitter. See www.dglibrary.org/renovation, www.Facebook.com/DGLibrary, www.Twitter.com/DGLibrary. Subscribe to DGPL reNews, a periodic email newsletter containing all the lastest news and updates. Or give us a call at (630) 960-1200.