Plans shape up for C.P. library

2010-10-31T00:00:00Z 2010-11-12T15:52:34Z Plans shape up for C.P. libraryBy Susan Erler, (219) 662-5336
October 31, 2010 12:00 am  • 

CROWN POINT | Children, including teens, would have their own space in Crown Point's new library.

And patrons might find some collections expanded while others are trimmed.

"We'll be looking at what collections we'll need to weed out before we go," library Director Lynn Frank said.

The relocation is planned before the early 2013 opening of a library that for more than a century has been housed in one of two adjoining buildings just south of the downtown square.

The move will be to the north end of downtown, in the 100 block of North Main Street, where a groundbreaking is planned in May on the building, which should cost about $12 million.

Packing up hundreds of books, discs and other items won't happen until closer to move time, Frank said.

"We need to continue to operate," she said.

But not all the items will make the move.

"Videos might be a collection that we might weed out before we go," Frank said. "In two years time there might not be space for videos, and there may not be a demand for them."

Audio cassettes might meet the same fate.

"Japan has announced they're going to stop making cassette players," Frank said. "When it's hard to start finding them to purchase, we have to start looking at those issues."

One collection that could grow is DVDs.

"That might be an expanding area for us," Frank said.

Officials want to be sure to make room for a teen area in the new building, housing books, magazines and games directed at a teen audience, Frank said.

Compared to a smaller teen area in the existing library, "this would be more of a colorful area, with their own computers and a space for them to gather," Frank said.

The new library also will house a children's area, with a theme still being planned.

As for the second floor, "It will almost be a library within a library," Frank said. "That way parents would be more comfortable having their children there."

Lack of space in the existing library, 214 S. Court St., led to the planning of the new building, which will be paid for from taxes on property within the library district.

An artist's rendering shows the two-story, red brick library with a central atrium between two wings. Library Board member Patrick Schuster said the building will be functional yet large enough to accommodate growing community needs.

The library originally was housed in a historical building at 223 S. Main St., just behind 214 S. Court St., built with funding from industrialist Andrew Carnegie.

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