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Library district seeks resident input on Dundee library renovation plans

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  • A computer class is offered at the Dundee Library in East Dundee, but the meeting room is also used for other programs such as story time, family movies, book sales and more, Director Roxane Bennett said. "With so much competition for the space, there is little flexibility on when or how often classes can be offered," she said.

    A computer class is offered at the Dundee Library in East Dundee, but the meeting room is also used for other programs such as story time, family movies, book sales and more, Director Roxane Bennett said. "With so much competition for the space, there is little flexibility on when or how often classes can be offered," she said.
    Courtesy of Roxane Bennett

  • Story time is a popular activity at the Randall Oaks Library in West Dundee, but the location doesn't have a meeting room in which to hold the program, Director Roxane Bennett said. Instead, library staff have to push aside the furniture and hold story time in the main room of the library, which often disturbs other visitors, she said.

    Story time is a popular activity at the Randall Oaks Library in West Dundee, but the location doesn't have a meeting room in which to hold the program, Director Roxane Bennett said. Instead, library staff have to push aside the furniture and hold story time in the main room of the library, which often disturbs other visitors, she said.
    Courtesy of Roxane Bennett

 
 

Residents of the Fox River Valley Public Library District have another opportunity to weigh in on future development.

Following an online "Developing our Future" survey that was open to the public last month, three public forums will be held Tuesday, allowing residents to provide input on the district's plans for the potential expansion of its programs and facilities.

The meetings will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Randall Oaks Library in West Dundee, and at 4 and 6 p.m. at the Dundee Library in East Dundee.

Library district Director Roxane Bennett said the two existing libraries don't have enough space, books, meeting rooms, resources or programs to meet the need of the district's 70,000 residents.

"We're looking at the big picture -- making the very best use of every square foot in the Dundee Library and considering how to approach a location west of the river to best meet the needs of the entire district," Bennett said in a statement.

District officials have been discussing possible redevelopment plans with architect Joe Huberty, a partner at Engberg Anderson who specializes in the design and development of libraries.

Seeking resident feedback, Huberty will present preliminary sketches and diagrams for the possible renovation of the Dundee Library during the public forums, according to a news release from the library district.

The Randall Oaks Library rents its location on Randall Road and therefore can't be renovated, Bennett said. However, district officials are considering whether to build its own new facility on the west side of the Fox River when the lease is up in 2018, she said.

"We want residents to continue to discuss the improvements and services that they want to see as we continue this process," Bennett said.

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