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Library to hold open house for renovations

Storyteller, music part of celebration

Published: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT
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Patrons use the computer area Wednesday morning at the newly renovated Sterling Public Library. Residents are invited to an open house Saturday afternoon to check out work done during a 13-month, $200,000 remodeling project.
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Common areas throughout the library have new chairs.
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The 1904 Carnegie library now has new carpet, laminate and paint. The adult department's reference reading area on the main floor, above, and the new book area also have new furniture.

STERLING – The 13-month, $200,000 renovation of the historic Carnegie library is complete, and the city plans to showcase the work at an open house Saturday that also will feature a storyteller and live music.

Sterling Public Library has new carpet, laminate and paint, and new furniture in the adult department’s reference reading and new book areas, Director Jennifer Slaney said.

The library is paying back a $150,000 loan from the city; donations are covering the rest.

As part of a separate project, the picture book room in the children’s department was remodeled 2 years ago, children’s librarian Anita Elgin said.

The library was built in 1904 with a grant from Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who helped build about 1,700 libraries in the U.S. alone, and matching money from Sterling residents.

Saturday’s open house will offer guided tours of areas not usually open to the public. Staff will be on hand to answer questions.

The two-story, red brick building in the County Market shopping center “just needed to be upgraded and brought up,” Slaney said. “It is definitely a warm and friendly place now.”

To attend

Sterling Public Library's open house begins with a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. at the building at 102 W. Third St.

From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., the Rock River Valley String Quartet will perform. At 2:45 p.m., Sandi Sylver will tell tales in the children's room, and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., the library will offer guided tours of areas not usually open to the public.

Call 815-625-1370 for more information.

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