CROWN POINT | By the end of next year's summer reading program, exterior touches should be finished on the new Crown Point Community Library building downtown.
Crews have been preparing the ground for the foundation, which will be poured this month. The next phase will be to install the structural steel to form the building. By the end of 2011, the building should be enclosed so interior work can begin.
"This is an exciting time and many of our patrons have asked how they can show their support of the new library," said Library Director Lynn Frank. "A gift campaign to purchase a few 'extras' began shortly after our groundbreaking June 1.
"There are some special enhancements we would like to incorporate into the new building, such as interior artwork, special furniture, landscaping (for) the outdoor public access area and signage. Your contributions will help to ensure that the new library will preserve the past and build on the future, leaving a legacy for generations to come."
Frank reported that the first donation was received July 29 from Lenora Festa, a regular library user and longtime member of the Crown Point Library book discussion group.
"A community is only as good as its library," said Festa. "I hope that everyone in Crown Point will donate something. People don't realize that libraries are much more than just books."
Other gifts given before the launch of the gift campaign have come from Friends of the Crown Point Library, Gamma Theta chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa sorority, and the Susan E. Vieweg Memorial Fund.
"We are inviting everyone to join our gift campaign to make the new library a special place. Even the youngest children can have their names added to the gift registry by donating a very small amount," said Frank.
A gift campaign brochure, with details and a donor form, is available at both Crown Point and Winfield branch libraries. For more information, call Frank at (219) 663-0270.