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Aurora library strives to remain 'vital resource' with new building

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The groundbreaking for the new main branch of the Aurora Public Library is at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at the southwest corner of River and Benton streets in downtown Aurora. The three-story, 92,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in early 2015.

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A new main library at the southwest corner of River and Benton streets will replace the original main branch on Stolp Island at 1 E. Benton St., which was built in 1904 and last expanded in 1969.

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Aurora library officials say the city has needed a new main library since 2000 -- something larger with better technology and more space for public gatherings, independent reading and small group study. The facility they will be building starting with a May 1 groundbreaking has been designed to provide technology relevant today and flexibility for the future, library Director Eva Luckinbill said. "We just have to be ready to adapt and do what it takes to keep this a vital resource," Luckinbill said.
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    • The groundbreaking for the new main branch of the Aurora Public Library is at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at the southwest corner of River and Benton streets in downtown Aurora. The three-story, 92,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in early 2015.
    • A new main library at the southwest corner of River and Benton streets will replace the original main branch on Stolp Island at 1 E. Benton St., which was built in 1904 and last expanded in 1969.
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