Eager, excited patrons check out new Lake Villa District Library

  • Helena Thompson of Spring Grove leads granddaughter Quinn Cobeland, 1, through the new Lake Villa Library District library in Lindenhurst on Monday. The $18 million facility includes more seating, gathering spaces and study areas, along with three dedicated rooms for public meetings and community events.

      Helena Thompson of Spring Grove leads granddaughter Quinn Cobeland, 1, through the new Lake Villa Library District library in Lindenhurst on Monday. The $18 million facility includes more seating, gathering spaces and study areas, along with three dedicated rooms for public meetings and community events. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • The Lake Villa District Library opened the doors to its new facility Monday. "This is the day we've been waiting for," Library Director Andy Lentine said. "We are excited to open the doors to the community."

      The Lake Villa District Library opened the doors to its new facility Monday. "This is the day we've been waiting for," Library Director Andy Lentine said. "We are excited to open the doors to the community." Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Patrons were eager to check out the new Lake Villa Library District facility Monday when it opened at 140 N. Munn Road in Lindenhurst. The $18 million facility includes more seating, gathering spaces and study areas, along with three dedicated rooms for public meetings and community events.

      Patrons were eager to check out the new Lake Villa Library District facility Monday when it opened at 140 N. Munn Road in Lindenhurst. The $18 million facility includes more seating, gathering spaces and study areas, along with three dedicated rooms for public meetings and community events. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Lake Villa Library District patrons check out the new automatic system that sorts books, DVDs and other library materials as the district's's new, $18 million facility opened Monday in Lindenhurst.

      Lake Villa Library District patrons check out the new automatic system that sorts books, DVDs and other library materials as the district's's new, $18 million facility opened Monday in Lindenhurst. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Jill and Anna Hevrdejs of Lake Villa find a cozy corner with views of Crooked Lake on Monday at the newly opened Lake Villa Library District library in Lindenhurst.

      Jill and Anna Hevrdejs of Lake Villa find a cozy corner with views of Crooked Lake on Monday at the newly opened Lake Villa Library District library in Lindenhurst. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Cheryl Synowicz and Beth Koruna systematize library materials Monday before they are automatically sorted into bins, making it faster to get them back on the shelves. It's one of the modern features at the new Lake Villa Library District library, which opened its doors to the public Monday.

      Cheryl Synowicz and Beth Koruna systematize library materials Monday before they are automatically sorted into bins, making it faster to get them back on the shelves. It's one of the modern features at the new Lake Villa Library District library, which opened its doors to the public Monday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • The Lake Villa District Library opened the doors to its new facility Monday. "This is the day we've been waiting for," Library Director Andy Lentine said. "We are excited to open the doors to the community."

      The Lake Villa District Library opened the doors to its new facility Monday. "This is the day we've been waiting for," Library Director Andy Lentine said. "We are excited to open the doors to the community." Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 8/5/2019 1:56 PM

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.

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