THE LIBRARY IS CLOSED
Due to the library construction, all classes will be held at the Palos Park Recreation and Parks Department at 8901 W. 123rd street. (Click here) for updates on the renovation.
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Library Renovations Q&A
Q: I love our little Library! Why are you making changes?
A: An independent study by Donna E. Fletcher Consulting, Inc. found that one of the most significant issues facing our Library was the current configuration of the Library interior, specifically “no separation of the children’s area and a lack of comfortable quiet spaces for adults.” That firm also noted that “although support for space improvements is limited, changes are necessary for the library to remain relevant in the community, especially among younger families.”
Q: Will you be adding space to the Library?
A: No. The current renovation project will only reconfigure existing spaces which will allow the Library to deliver a better experience for all patrons.
Q: How much will this renovation cost? How is it being paid for?
A: The Trustees of the Palos Park Library Board, carefully analyzed the Library finances and determined that funds received through the distribution of principal cash to the Palos Park Public Library from the Lambert Nejdl Library Trust as well as funds held in reserve by the Library were sufficient to support a $500,000 improvement project. The Library will not levy additional taxes to undertake this update of its spaces.
Q: Who are the architect and builder? How were they selected?
A: After consideration of proposals submitted a number of firms, the Trustees selected the architectural firm, product architecture + design, and Featherstone Incorporated Construction Management to oversee the project. Both of these firms have extensive experience in Library renovation throughout northern Illinois.
Q: How long will the renovation take?
A: Construction will begin early in spring 2016 and will be completed by early summer 2016.
Q: Will the Library be closed during this construction project?
A: The building will be closed during April and May. However, programs and services will continue! Thanks to LeeAnn Fisk, Director of Recreation and Parks we have a place for programs. We will also be able to check out materials every Thursday at the Kaptur Administrative Center starting April 7 – May 26 at 2:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m. The many resources on the Library website www.palosparklibrary.org are always available to our patrons 24/7.
Q: Will the Palos Historical Society still be located in the building?
A: Yes! The Society’s room is not part of the renovation project. Their display cases will hang in the Community Room for all visitors to enjoy.
If you have any more questions please call Sheila Sosnicki, Administrative Librarian at
(708) 448-1534 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.