On October 19th, 2018 the Lyons Regional Library District held the official Ground-Breaking Ceremony at the construction site for the new Lyons Community Library. The long wait for the new Lyons Community Library is almost over, finishing touches are underway, shelving is being installed, and furniture will arrive throughout June and July.
The current downtown location will close at the end of operating hours (5 p.m) on Saturday, July 13th for the move into the new library building located on 4th Ave. Library staff anticipate opening the new library on Thursday, August 1st. During the first week of the move to the new location the Friends of the Library will be organizing a moving sale at the downtown location, so be on the lookout for official dates.
While the library is closed, library materials will not be due and fines will not accrue. If library patrons would like to return items the walk-up book return at the new library will be open throughout the move. Library staff may be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and the library’s website, online catalog, and access to downloadable ebooks and audiobooks will remain up and running throughout the move. Library staff will post any necessary updates on our website and social media pages.
While you wait for the new library to open its door take a walk down 4th Avenue and enjoy the full impact of the red sandstone juxtaposed against the dark grey board and batten siding and natural wood beams on the new Lyons Community Library. The new library will offer multiple outdoor spaces for the community to enjoy; the front porch welcomes visitors while two flagstone patios on the east and west ends of the building invite you to soak up the sun with a good read.
Take some time to peek into the Community Room which has been fitted with acoustic panels and two garage doors which will be used to open up the space to the rest of the library and to the outdoors. Of special note is the tile work that has been installed in the lobby. Cathy Rivers and Priscilla Cohan conceived and implemented the Clarifier Project and are now spearheading the tile installation at the library. These tiles were painted by community members between 2006 and 2009 and have now found a home in the new Library.