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El Paso Library to expand

Wed, 06 Mar 2013 17:20:42 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

El Paso Library to expand The El Paso Library has received the final puzzle piece of funding to move forward with a long hoped for expansion of its 107 year old facility. The state of Illinois is providing $1.1 million to go with more than a million already raised locally. David Pfister coordinated local pledges and says the project will not detract from the historic nature of the 1906 Carnegie building.

"That was a key part in the whole project was maintaining the beauty and the architectural design and beauty of the Carnegie aspect of the library. So, the architect we worked with took that into account and is going to match the unique stone, the limestone color that we have and just tie in nicely into a new structure."

Pfister says the existing library has been overcrowded for half a century and it will be great to add a community room, elevator, media area for computers, and expand the children's library.

"There is actually more people using libraries now than there were even ten years ago. Even with all the electronic media, electronic books, there is still a large number of poeople who use the library for reference material, actually to come for assistance in finding that reference material."

There will also be a local history room. Library leaders hope to finish construction in the spring of 2014.

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