At a bank of desks near an arched window streaming sunlight, a farmer does Internet research on one of the computers at the Carlock Public Library. Another patron reads the newspaper in one of the newly- remodeled reading areas. The scent of fresh woodwork and new carpeting fills the room.
These days, many public libraries face cutbacks in funding or even closure. That's not the case in the small farming community of Carlock, population 569, near the border of McLean and Woodford counties.