Learn about Aspen Drive Library expansion plan at open house Thursday

You can learn about the expansion plans for the Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills during an open house Thursday.

The gathering is set for 5 p.m. at the library, 701 Aspen Drive. It's doubling as a special meeting of the Cook Memorial Public Library District board.

A roughly $6.8 million, 15,000-square-foot expansion is planned. Half the addition will be at the ground level of the current 20,000-square-foot building, and the other half will be a basement that, for now, will be left unfinished and used for storage.

Plans call for new study rooms, a large conference room, an open area for teens and more space for young patrons and their parents.

Additionally, there will be a new space for public computers, scanners and printers in the center of the building and an enclosed quiet room featuring a fireplace, couches and work spaces.

Funding will come from savings, a loan and other fundraising efforts. A tax increase isn't needed.

Construction could start this spring. Officials hope to have the expansion completed in the fall.

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