The show must go on

By on April 23, 2009

Sugar Grove library referendum failure does not stop plans for new building
by Susan O’Neill
Despite having an operating fund referendum fail for the ninth time on election day, Sugar Grove Public Library staff continue preparations to open the new building in August.

Now their concern is once the library opens, what are its hours going to be and what will be offered.

Library District voters approved an $8 million referendum in 2004 to build the new building. The site on which the new library is currently being built is a five-acre parcel on the eastern border of The Windham Group’s Prairie Glen development along Route 30.

Library Board President Art Morrical said the funding the library has received for the new building may only be used for furniture, equipment and other tangible expenses of constructing the building.

The operating rate increase would have covered the costs for increased staffing to operate the new library, additional costs to heat, cool, light and maintain the new building, and more books for the collection.

However, the same funds available to operate the current 6,000-square-foot building are all that will be available to operate the new 27,430-square-foot building.

Sugar Grove Library Director Beverly Holmes Hughes is disappointed that the referendum failed again, but said she and the rest of the staff are looking forward to doing the best they can with the funding they have. She said the library is considering utilizing more volunteers.

The library is asking patrons for input on what days and hours they would like the library to remain open. People may provide their input on a survey on the library’s website as well as on forms available at the library.

Hughes also said that if people have concerns, questions or ideas, they should consider attending a Library Board meeting to voice those views. The library will host additional informational sessions at the library.

Morrical has also helped to form a Facebook group, “Fans of the Sugar Grove Public Library,” to ask for feedback and to gain support for the library. He said he is hopeful that when people see the new library, they will understand and appreciate the need for additional funding to run it.

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