Library Updates

September 22, 2017

A Message from the Director, Andy Lentine

Building the new Lake Villa District Library has begun! This truly is an exciting time and something we’ve been looking forward to for years. The project is expected to take approximately 16 months, and once completed, the community will have a 60,000-square-foot library to explore and enjoy.

If you’ve noticed the activity on Munn Road, you might be alarmed by the first step of the project: clearing the buckthorn and scrub trees from the property. This step is necessary and part of a much bigger picture. Very early on in the project, we conducted a thorough study to assess and count the trees on the property. This data helped shape the site development plan and the decision was made to remove all invasive plants/trees from the entire site, not just the area where the library is being built.    Rest assured that although we’re clearing the property now, there is a replacement plan in place to ensure the property will have a lush greenspace.

Additionally, the general building permit requires approval of the site plan and development on an ongoing basis. Every aspect of how we treat the property and environment is subject to strict mandates. For example, a Dedicated Erosion Control Investigator will closely monitor soil erosion. To keep the wetlands area safe, a silt fence will be constructed and installed. And to those of you who live on or near on Munn Road, the Village of Lindenhurst has required that the road be kept clear of dirt and debris on a daily basis.

We’ll continue to provide project updates at www.lvdl.org. Please contact me directly with any questions or comments at 847.245.5100 or andy@lvdl.org. I’m happy to hear what you have to say.

The Friends of the Lake Villa District Library has purchased five laptops (with a deluxe charging station) for patrons to use. There are four Dell laptops and one Macbook Air. The next time you’re at the library and need to use a laptop, just stop by the Adult Reference Desk. Thank you to the Friends for providing this technology—your generosity is amazing!

Library staff have been very busy over the past year getting our collection ready for RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tagging. While this technology won’t be implemented until we’re in the new building, we need to prepare for it now. All staff who purchase for our collections (books, CDs, DVDs, etc.) must ‘weed’ to ensure what we have on the shelf is current and relevant. It’s a mountainous task and I am very proud of how well it has been handled. It’s truly a library-wide effort, including staff from Adult and Youth Services, Technical Services and Circulation/Shelving Services. We’re not quite finished, but we’re getting close … thank you, everyone.

During the week of November 6 – 12, we’re offering “Food for Fines.” Donate a personal care item or non-perishable food item in place of paying fines on your library card!  All donations will benefit the Lake Villa Township Food Pantry. It’s a great opportunity for us to help you and for you to help the community.

Last but not least, you might have noticed that this newsletter is a bit different. It is! It spans three months—October, November and December—and is jam-packed with programs and information. This one-time occurrence allows us to fit future bimonthly editions of Connecting neatly within the calendar year, hopefully making things a little easier for everyone.

And as always, please consider attending an LVDL Board of Trustees meeting, held on the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm. Agendas and minutes are available at www.lvdl.org.

 


July 14, 2017

Camosy Construction Awarded Contract to Build New Library

On Monday, July 10, the Lake Villa District Library Board awarded the contract to build the new library to Camosy Construction.    

Nine contractors submitted bids for the project and the three lowest bidders were thoroughly vetted by the library’s construction team.  As a governmental agency, the library is required to accept the lowest responsible bid and after checking references, Camosy was awarded the project.  “We are confident that Camosy Construction is the right general contractor for the project,” said library board president Tony Gundrum, “they bring years of construction experience and have worked with other community agencies.”

Located in Zion, Illinois Camosy Construction has done many projects in the community including the Lindenhurst Park District, Lake Villa Fire Station Number 4 and Prince of Peace Parish. 

The permit process continues and Camosy is selecting the sub-contractors for the project.  Construction is expected to begin later this summer and will take approximately 16 months.   

 


  

May 15, 2017

A Message from the Director, Andy Lentine

April was an exciting month for Library Villa District Library! We were awarded a $125,000 Live and Learn Construction Grant from the Illinois State Library; the Lindenhurst Village Board approved the site and architecture plans for the new library; and two new board members, Felicia Case Johnson and Terry O’Brien, were elected.

The Live and Learn Construction Grant Program, funded by an annual state legislative appropriation, assists public libraries with construction costs for their facilities. The grant process was quite involved and staff worked diligently to ensure a stellar application. LVDL was one of five libraries to receive an award in the New Construction/Remodeling category. We are grateful to the State Library for providing the additional funds to invest in our new building project. 

Approval of the site and architecture plans for the new library from the Lindenhurst Village Board was a pivotal step in the process.  The next step—going out for bid for a general contractor—is in the works; the public bid opening is currently scheduled for Thursday, June 1. We expect construction will begin sometime this summer and take approximately 16 months.

If you haven’t visited the library lately, you’ll see just how busy it is! On average, 15,000 people visit and nearly 100 community groups hold meetings at the library each month. The computer lab is well used nearly every hour we are open; that’s nearly 2,000 people logged on each month.  And of course, people still check out books, DVDs and video games—an average of 75,000 items circulate each month. 

The way people use the library today is vastly different from ten or even five years ago. Not only are they looking for best-selling books and award-winning DVDs, they want a place to work, study, meet with friends or sit with their children and work on a craft or puzzle. The library’s role has evolved from a warehouse of reading material to a community hub.

Residents look to LVDL to provide opportunities to learn, experience culture and come together.  The new facility coming to 38110 N. Munn Road will help us provide all of that and much more.  We hope you are as excited about the new library project as we are.  For updates, visit www.lvdl.org,

Last but not least, as we welcome our new board members we say goodbye to trustees Merry Quinn-Krajniak and David Hartwig and thank them for their service. Please consider attending a meeting of the library board, held on the second Monday of the month at 6:30pm.  

 


June 9, 2016

A Message from Board President, Tony Gundrum

On behalf of the Library Board of Trustees, I am happy to announce that the property for the new library has been purchased.  The new library will be located at 38110 N. Munn Road, on the southeast side of Crooked Lake. 

After evaluating multiple sites over the past ten months, the board unanimously approved this particular site as it is centrally located within the library district, has a traffic signal and offers the most flexibility.  The entire parcel encompasses 29 acres (including wetlands and lake-front property) and offers 12 buildable acres.  

This is a very exciting time. The new library will be twice the size yet will be built and operated without a tax increase.

The current library, at 30,000 square feet, is at a space deficit to effectively serve the population and is inadequate to accommodate future growth.  The main factors the Board considered during site evaluations were adequate parking and storm water management.  The Munn Road property ensures that we can serve the needs of the community for years to come. 

Acquiring the land is the final piece of the first phase of the building program.  The Board hired library space planner George Lawson to complete a needs assessment in spring of 2014 and shortly thereafter hired StudioGC Architecture.  StudioGC provided a feasibility study based on the needs assessment and helped guide the Board through building and site evaluations. Now that we have the property, we can move forward with design and construction.

We will be holding public meetings and focus groups in the near future to gather community input regarding the new library.

This truly is an exciting time for us, as we look forward to a 21st century library that will greatly benefit our community.  I will be available on two Mondays, June 13 and July 11, at 5:30pm to answer questions and address concerns.

And as always, I encourage everyone to attend a Board of Trustees meeting, held on the second Monday of the month at 6:30pm. Agendas and minutes are available at www.lvdl.org


July 31, 2015

A Message from Board President, Tony Gundrum

On behalf of the Lake Villa District Library Board of Trustees, I would like to share some very important and exciting news regarding the future of the library. We will be building a new, larger facility at a new location in the township. Due to LVDL’s fiscal responsibility, this facility will be built and operated without increasing your library taxes.

One of our major responsibilities as trustees and library administration is to evaluate and prepare for the future needs of the library. As you’ll remember from previous columns, we’ve been carefully evaluating options for over two years, and the very best outcome for our community is a new building at a new site.

Again, this facility will be built and operated without increasing your library taxes. Over the years, LVDL has operated with extreme fiscal responsibility and saved $17 million—that reserve will pay for the bulk of the project, while the remaining portion will be financed through a loan. This loan and all operating expenses for the new building will be funded by our existing tax base.

So, what’s next? The Board of Trustees is investigating potential sites for the new library. There’s really no telling how long that process will take; however, once the negotiations are settled and the building is designed, we anticipate construction to take approximately 14 months. What will happen to the current building? It has been appraised but is not yet up for sale. We are exploring our options.

We want you to know that your input is a necessary part of this endeavor. In the months ahead, there will be focus groups for you to share your ideas—what would you like to see in your new library? We foresee an innovative building with more meeting rooms and spaces for small groups to work; an improved area for Youth and Teens; and much more.

This truly is an exciting time for us, as we look forward to a 21st century library that will greatly benefit our community. I understand the news might come as a surprise to many of you. I will be available on two Mondays, August 10 and September 14, at 5:30pm to answer questions and address concerns. And as always, I encourage everyone to attend a Board of Trustees meeting, held on the second Monday of the month at 6:30pm. Agendas and minutes are available at www.lvdl.org.


June 17, 2014

Board to Interview Potential Architects

Lake Villa District Library Board of Trustees recently selected four architectural firms to interview for the library’s building program project. Hiring the architect is the next step for the library on its continued path toward planning for growth.

The Board reviewed submittals from 18 firms at a recent meeting and will interview the selected four firms Monday, June 23. Each architect will give a 30-minute presentation and will have an additional 30-minutes to field questions. The Board hopes to contract with an architect in July. The library’s Needs Assessment will be the basis for the work.  


May 1, 2014

Lake Villa District Library Needs Assessment Document Available

How does a library look ahead twenty-five years?  What will the library of the future look like? What will patrons want from their library?  These are among the many questions LVDL has examined with George Lawson, a noted library building consultant, to complete the library’s Needs Assessment.  The document is a data-driven tool to help the library map out a path toward the future.

“The entire concept of the library is evolving.  It’s much more than books.  Our community’s needs have changed and we must do our very best to anticipate, prepare and plan for the future” said Library Board President Tony Gundrum. 

The 34-page document covers all aspects of what a future library may look like---including public meeting room space, technology and parking. Recently, the library sent out requests for qualifications to architects who will help the library develop the components of the facility planning.

 “The Needs Assessment is the first step of an exciting journey” said Gundrum. “The conversation has begun.”