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Arlington Heights Library board approves $2.8 million renovation

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  • The library's new "living room", where visitors can relax in lounge furniture in front of a fireplace, is part of a $2.8 million renovation plan approved by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library board this week.

      The library's new "living room", where visitors can relax in lounge furniture in front of a fireplace, is part of a $2.8 million renovation plan approved by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library board this week.
    Courtesy of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library

  • With computer classes becoming more and more popular, the library is expanding its computer assistance section, including a conference room for business meetings, under a $2.8 million renovation plan approved by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library board this week..

      With computer classes becoming more and more popular, the library is expanding its computer assistance section, including a conference room for business meetings, under a $2.8 million renovation plan approved by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library board this week..
    Courtesy of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library

  • The new "marketplace" will be the heart of the remodeled library, with a vending cafe and popular books on display. It is part of a $2.8 million renovation plan approved by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library board this week.

      The new "marketplace" will be the heart of the remodeled library, with a vending cafe and popular books on display. It is part of a $2.8 million renovation plan approved by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library board this week.
    Courtesy of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library

 
By Marie Denecke
mdenecke@dailyherald.com

The Arlington Heights Library Memorial Library board has approved a $2.8 million plan to provide the library building with its largest interior renovation in decades.

Board members approved the proposal Tuesday without discussion, clearing the way for construction to begin immediately. The work should be complete by mid-April 2013, said library Executive Director Jason Kuhl.

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The plan aims to make the facility at 500 N. Dunton Ave. a more open, welcoming "community hub," Kuhl said.

The work includes creation of a new "marketplace" with a vending cafe and the most popular books on display; a new teen; a remodeled computer assistance area; more small meeting rooms; and a "living room" with lounge seating and a fireplace, as well as a new conference room.

The renovation will be paid for through existing library funds, so a property tax increase will not be necessary.

The help desk will be reshaped to make it more accessible for patrons and library offices will be moved to the second floor.

For information about the work and its progress, patrons can visit the library's website, www.ahml.info. Signs also will be posted in the building updating visitors on the work.

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