Eager, excited patrons check out new Lake Villa District Library
When the doors to the new Lake Villa District Library opened for the first time Monday, eager patrons already were waiting outside for the chance to check it out.
"Seeing all the happy faces" is the highlight, Library Director Andy Lentine said. "Kids are excited, adults are excited."
Nestled along Crooked Lake at 140 N. Munn Road in Lindenhurst, the views are spectacular for patrons who find corner to read a new book or old favorite near large windows that provide plenty of natural light. The planting of nearly 2,000 trees enhance the library's landscape, which includes a walking path and a terrace.
"This is the day we've been waiting for. We are excited to open the doors to the community," Lentine said.
Ground was broken for the $18 million facility in the fall of 2017. The new library features more seating, collaborative gathering spaces and quiet study areas than the previous facility at Grand Avenue and Deep Lake Road in Lake Villa, which closed in July. The 66,000-square-foot, three-story building also includes three dedicated rooms for public meetings and community events.
Youth services are consolidated on the lower level with computer areas, hands-on activities, places for parents to watch their kids, gaming and large program rooms, and an area dedicated for young adults.
The library district serves about 40,000 residents in Lake Villa and Lindenhurst and parts of Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Beach and Antioch.