ST. CHARLES – St. Charles Public Library Director Edith Craig on Wednesday will give a behind-the-scenes tour of the library at noon Wednesday.
Those who attend will receive an inside look of the library's operations and will also have the chance to ask questions about the library's upcoming renovation and expansion project, which includes a two-story, 2,840 square-foot addition at the building's southeast corner and a one-story, 3,225 square-foot addition on the building's north side along Main Street.
Tours will depart from the library's main lobby. Registration is not required.
Future library tours will take place at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Jan. 9 and 10 a.m. Feb. 11.
Work on the $18.6 million project is set to start next spring, with construction expected to take 14 or 15 months. The original Carnegie Library building at the corner of Main Street and 5th Avenue was built in 1908. The building was last expanded in 1988 with a two-story addition.
According to library officials, the original Carnegie building would be incorporated into the everyday life of the library through the addition of study rooms and a quiet reading and research area. An outdoor patio seating area would be added at the site of the current entrance on the southeast corner of the building overlooking the terraced garden.
Plans also call for the construction of a new entrance on the east facade of the library building to add access to all levels through a new elevator, increase the library's visibility on Main Street and increase parking efficiency. A reconfigured and expanded parking lot also is part of the project along with a drive-up window on the south side of the building.
The project is already 73% funded through the $13.6 million the library holds in its special reserve funds, which are set aside for upkeep and renovation projects as needed. In April, board trustees approved selling bonds to fund the remaining $5 million of the project.
While the project is underway, the library will lease space in the now-closed Haines Middle School.