HUNTLEY – Residents wanting to check out a novel at the Huntley Area Public Library this week will have to wait to allow construction crews time to complete a $55,975 remodeling project that began Monday.
The library will be closed through Aug. 22 as crews move equipment and install about 12,000 square feet of new earth-toned carpeting to the library’s main area, which includes the fiction, audiobook and reference areas.
The current carpeting was installed when the library at 11000 Ruth Road in Huntley was built in 1999 and is in need of makeover, said Leigh Ann Porsch, the library’s communications and development coordinator.
“The carpet is so aged and worn down that it is really going to improve the looks and enjoyment of the facility,” Porsch said.
The library earlier this year received $16,526 from the State Library’s Live and Learn Construction Grant program to help pay for the new carpet. The library is responsible for the remaining $39,450.
The Secretary of State’s office, which operates the state library system, had $620,800 to award to libraries for remodeling projects this year under the grant program.
The library also will spend an additional $15,000 of its own money to create two more express checkout lanes during construction. The self-service lanes will allow residents to scan their library card and check out on their own.
During the 11-day construction, residents can visit www.huntleylibrary.org to access the library’s online materials, including eBooks, eAudiobooks and Freegal music downloads.
Staffers also will be posting periodic updates about the remodeling project on the library’s website during construction.
Residents who have materials due during the construction closing will be able to return the items when the library reopens and not be charged a late fee, Porsch said.