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posted: 8/22/2012 4:22 PM

Tour new library branch at Randall Oaks Saturday

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By Kirstin Finneran
Fox River Valley Public Library District

The Fox River Valley Public Library District invites the community to a special Randall Oaks Branch Library grand opening celebration on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

Library staff will be on hand to give tours, issue library cards, and answer questions. Stop by the Friends of the Fox River Valley Public Library District table and take a spin on the prize wheel.

Hours for the new branch location are as follows:

• Monday and Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Tuesday and Thursday: noon to 8 p.m.

• Friday and Sunday: closed

• Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"As the branch hours were mapped out, all of our different patrons and their library needs were considered. We hope we've provided a time when everyone will be able to take advantage of our new location, like moms and kids in the mornings, students in the afternoons, adults stopping by after work, and families coming together on Saturdays," said Roxane Bennett, library director.

"We based our hours on what we see at our main location in East Dundee as well as responses received during the community outreach that was conducted during the branch planning. We will watch the traffic and usage closely, and are open to making adjustments in the future if needed," Bennett said.

The 5,000-square-foot branch, located on the lower level of the Dundee Township Park District's new Randall Oaks Recreation Center, will feature a variety of materials with the latest titles, older popular books and select audiovisuals. Patrons will find satellite-sized areas including adult fiction and nonfiction, teens, children, audiovisual, adult and game computers, and study tables.

Check out stations, automated return equipment and an outdoor drive-up book return have been installed to make visits efficient and allow more time to browse around and make selections.

Library staff anticipates lots of "holds" pickups at the new branch. Patrons who already have an item on hold right now and would like to pick it up at the Randall Oaks Branch instead of the Dundee Library (beginning on Monday, Aug. 27), can call the Dundee Library at (847) 428-3661 ext. 5876 or email (include library card number or have it handy). Favorite Fiction Fan Club members may stop in for an updated list that includes a question to indicate pickup location preference.

Once the branch is open, patrons will be able to select pick up location when the hold is placed, whether it is made via the online catalog, over the phone, or at the library.

The Fox River Valley Public Library District/Dundee Library is at 555 Barrington Ave. in East Dundee. The Randall Oaks Branch Library is at 500 N. Randall Road in West Dundee. For information, visit or call (847) 428-3661.