April 2, 2021
April finds the renovation in a bit of a holding pattern as we await furniture delivery and the installation of a sprinkler system. The sprinkler project must be completed before we can get a Village-approved occupancy permit. We are disappointed that this delay forced us to postpone our April 3rd ribbon cutting, but, we are hopeful that this critical project will be done and inspected by early June. In the meantime, we are taking the extra time to do some much-needed spring cleaning.
December 8, 2020
Work continues on the lower level as we approach a Spring 2021 completion. Our contractor, Lo Destro Construction, is working closely with our architects at Studio GC to make sure the plan comes perfectly to life.
As we enter December, walls are up and covered in the first coat of paint, wiring is completed and lights are being installed. In the coming weeks, our builders will move on to flooring and other finishings. Meanwhile, Studio GC designers and RPL staff are making final furniture and shelving selections thanks to an early October visit to The Merch.
On the technical side, we are awaiting delivery of an interactive white board. Purchased thanks to a donation made by the Riverside Educational Endowment Foundation (REEF), the board will allow student and adult patrons to meet and collaborate, even if someone can't be there in person.
In other building news, we have a couple of exciting projects in the works. If you have ever called the Library when it isn't open, you already know our antiquated phone system. If nobody was here to answer, it would ring and ring. No voice mail. No message letting you know what was happening. These limitations have become particularly problematic as we manage service changes due to COVID-19. We are thrilled to report that we are getting a brand new system for 2021.
Also new for 2021? The elevator is getting a full mechanical overhaul in the coming weeks.
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September 15, 2020
Lower Level Renovations Begin Today
The Board of Trustees and all Library staff are thrilled to announce that renovations began this morning. After years in development, the lower level will be truly transformed to better serve both our youngest patrons and the entire community. Our upper level will remain open for the duration of construction. Completion and unveiling are anticipated in Spring 2021. Check this space for updates, or sign up for email alerts!
A Message From Our Board
At the conclusion of the public bidding process, Lo Destro Construction of Chicago was awarded the renovation construction contract after submitting the lowest of 14 bids for an amount of $614,869. The contract was signed on Sept. 1 and permits are in place, so the team at Lo Destro is ready and eager to make the space come to life. Meanwhile, the project team, including library staff and design professionals from architecture firm Studio GC, remains busy finalizing non-construction tasks including selecting furniture, shelving and technology solutions that will complete the space. It is truly an exciting time.
As of Sept. 7, the lower level is closed to the public until the Spring 2021 unveiling. The bathrooms will remain accessible by elevator only. The Great Room has been transformed into a browsable CYS department featuring early readers, elementary series, graphic and chapter books, learning kits, award books, new material, and a small YA collection. Staff will also have access to the Early Learners space and they are happy to pull the perfect picture books for you to pick up curbside. The remaining collections, including youth non-fiction, Parent/Teacher, DVDs, audio books, video games, and the bulk of YA will be boxed up for now. You can use our holds system to get these items from other local libraries. Staff will be on hand by phone, email or in person to help.
In addition to finding creative ways to keep the collection accessible, a furniture sale allowed community members to purchase old library furniture. Many of these bits of history will be converted into much needed home learning spaces.
The entire Board thanks Riverside for their support and patience. The lower level renovation offers an amazing opportunity to refresh our beloved library to better support our community and we cannot wait to move forward into our next chapter.