New Crown Point library opens for business

2012-10-22T19:30:00Z 2012-10-23T15:47:05Z New Crown Point library opens for businessSusan Erler, (219) 662-5336
October 22, 2012 7:30 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Patrons streamed into the new library on opening day Monday, some in need of a library fix after three weeks without one, others just plain curious.

Traffic approached 150 patrons an hour throughout the day, Crown Point Community Library Director Lynn Frank said.

The three-story, 46,750-square-foot facility opened to business in the 100 block of North Main Street, replacing a smaller library at 214 S. Court St. that closed Sept. 29 after 40 years.

A roomy children's area on the second floor was a popular spot all morning for toddlers and their parents, Frank said.

Adults roamed the building at midday, checking out a first-floor Internet cafe and a corner study area overlooking busy Main Street, along with aisles of books and other materials.

Some were there to return books before a grace period ended Monday, Frank said.

The $12 million red-brick library with 118 windows occupies the northern end of the block, with its main entrance facing south and opening on to a landscaped outdoor seating area and a parking lot shared with the city.

Longtime library patron Tom Ivancich, of Crown Point, left Monday afternoon with an armful of newly checked out books.

Not normally a fan of change, Ivancich said he made an exception for the new library.

"I like it a lot," he said.

A grand opening event is planned from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, with refreshments and family activities.

For more information on opening activities through Sunday, go to

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