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Library Expansion

 

Library Expansion Project           lme logo color-final

 

In 2016, the Lillie M. Evans Library District embarked on a construction project that expanded the library space.  Accommodating community needs has been a driving force for this project.  The new addition has addressed some of the needs that have arisen in the last decade by focusing on the children’s programming and community programming needs. (Read more…)

 


Outline of Planning 

    • 2008: Purchased adjacent 219 N Walnut property
    • 2010: Long Range Planning—focus group priorities indicated that 10 of the 22 participants wanted to see a library expansion project within 3 years
    • 2011-2013:  Library spaces rearranged and repurposed
    • 2014: Building program developed to:
      • Indentify strengths/weaknesses
      • Prioritize additional community needs
      • Assist future architects with space needs in architectural terms
    • 2015: Architect hired – Donald Westlake lead architect
      • Due to poor repair and incompatibility for library expansion, 219 N Walnut building demolished
      • Design of expansion using Building Program completed
      • Furniture plan completed before blueprints proceed
    • 2016: Funding sources
      • Library reserves
      • Library tax levy
      • Grant for $125,000 awarded from state funds administered by the Secretary of State and State Librarian
      • TIF funds--$25,000/year for the remaining life of TIF District 1 (2028)
      • Loan from local bank
      • Donations
    • 2016-2017: Construction
      • Bid documents completed & building timeline prepared
      • Bids advertised
      • Bid accepted from Bishop Brothers, Inc.
      • Insurance policies in place
      • Excavation and compaction started October 3, 2016 (pictures)
      • Groundbreaking - Tuesday, October 11, 1pm (pictures)
      • Building permit authorized 11/8/16
      • Underfloor plumbing & electrical rough-in 11/19/16
      • Pour the slab 11/22/16
      • Firewall cinderblock up 12/9/16
      • Complete hardened space walls pictures (December 2016)
        Wood framing & addition enclosed pictures (December 2016-January 2017)
      • Roof trusses and framing complete (February-March 2017)
      • Interior walls framed (March 2017)
      • Ceiling gypsum installed (March 2017)
      • Interior walls erected 
      • Interior electrical, HVAC, plumbing installed
      • Roofing complete
      • Drywall installed
      • Firewall and fire alarm system installed
      • Flooring and painting complete
      • Adult materials and shelving moved
      • Children's materials and shelving moved
      • Old children's area where shelving was located was repainted, flooring was installed, and the children's mural framed
      • DVDs moved and counters installed in old children's area
      • Baseboards installed in old children's area
      • carpeting for new children's area repaired and installed
      • Punch list complete
      • Open House - Monday, October 23 4:30-6:30pm

(Read more...) 


  Donations are being accepted for the construction project 

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The Lillie M. Evans Library is pleased to provide free Internet access for its users.  

Access requires acceptance of the following Internet Access and Computer Use Policy 

Libraries make it possible for citizens to have access to the information they need to make informed decisions. Every library user benefits from expanded access to information beyond the four walls of a single library building. The Lillie M. Evans Library District and all ILLINET libraries use electronic information networks such as the Internet for a variety of purposes: • Access to shared automation systems that provide bibliographic access to the collections of the local library and libraries in the region and across the state. • Access to the wealth of information resources available via the Internet. • Access to general and specialized shared licensed databases available to ILLINET member libraries through regional and statewide cooperative programs. The public may use the library computers to access Internet electronic mail services (email) obtained through other providers. The library provides email services for library business only. RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER LIBRARY POLICIES The Lillie M. Evans Library District’s Internet Access and Computer Use Policy is part of the library’s overall policy structure and should be interpreted in conjunction with other existing policies. Copies of all library policies are available upon request from a library staff member. “GLOBAL” VERSUS “LOCAL” RESOURCES Most resources available via the Internet and other electronic information networks are “global” resources rather than “local” resources. The library does not and cannot control the information content available through global resources such as information obtained from outside sources via the Internet. Internet resources enhance and supplement resources that are available locally within a library. Library users must be aware that this library does not exercise control over information obtained via the Internet and must keep in mind the following points when evaluating information obtained via the Internet: • Information obtained via the Internet may or may not be reliable and may or may not be obtained from a reliable source. • Information obtained via the Internet may or may not be accurate. • Information obtained via the Internet may or may not be current and up to date. • Links to information on the Internet may not always be valid, and particular information sites on the Internet may sometimes be unavailable, and this unavailability often occurs unpredictably. • Certain information obtained via the Internet may be considered controversial by some library patrons. The Lillie M. Evans Library District urges library patrons to be informed consumers and carefully evaluate information obtained via the Internet. Library staff may be available to assist patrons in making judgments about the reliability or currency of certain types of Internet information sources, but are unable to provide definitive analysis of particular sources due to the extremely large variety and volume of information available via the Internet. This library is not responsible for damages, indirect or direct, arising from a library patron’s use of Internet information resources. LIBRARY PATRONS’ RIGHTS Library patrons have certain rights with respect to use of electronic information networks such as the Internet. This library will work with other libraries in the Illinois Library and Information Network to preserve and protect these rights, subject to limitations imposed by licensing and payment agreements with database providers. Library patrons have the right to confidentiality and privacy in the use of electronic information networks to the extent possible given certain constraints, such as proximity of other patrons and staff in public access settings. Library patrons have the right to equitable access to electronic information networks. Library patrons have the right to access and read all library service policies and discuss questions with appropriate library staff. PATRON ASSISTANCE AND INSTRUCTION The Lillie M. Evans Library District’s staff may provide assistance to patrons in the use of electronic information networks as time and staff knowledge permits. Printed and online documentation and instructions are available at or near points of service. Formal instruction in particular aspects of electronic information network use may be available. USE OF EQUIPMENT AND NETWORKS The Lillie M. Evans Library District requires that library patrons using electronic information networks such as the Internet do so within the guidelines of acceptable use. The following activities are unacceptable: 1. Use of electronic information networks for any purpose which results in the harassment of other users, 2. Destruction of, damage to, or unauthorized alteration of the library’s computer equipment software or network security procedures, 3. Use of electronic information networks in any way which violates a Federal or State law, 4. Use of electronic information networks in any way which violates licensing and payment agreements between the Lillie M. Evans Library District and network/database providers, 5. Unauthorized duplication of copy-protected software or violation of software license agreements, 6. Violation of system security, 7. Behaving in a manner that is disruptive to other users, including but not limited to overuse of computer equipment which serves to deny access to other users. CHILDREN’S ACCESS TO ELECTRONIC INFORMATION NETWORKS The Lillie M. Evans Library District supports the right of all library users to access information. This library recognizes that the electronic information networks such as the Internet may contain material that is inappropriate for children. Therefore: 1. Parents are expected to monitor and supervise their children’s use of the Internet. Library staff is unable to monitor children’s use. 2. Parents are encouraged to discuss with their children issues of appropriate use and electronic information network safety. 3. Children under fourth grade are not allowed unsupervised access to the public computers but may remain at the computer if accompanied by a parent or authorized adult who has a signed user’s agreement. 4. Minors must have a parent or legal guardian’s signature on their user’s agreement in order to use the library computers. 5. Minors are not permitted to access any computer within the library at any time which does not have an active internet filtration device in place. LIBRARY PROCEDURES RELATING TO ELECTRONIC NETWORKS This library has developed certain procedures to assist staff and patrons in the use of electronic information resources. These procedures include (but are not necessarily limited to) the following: 1. Time limits for access to allow use of resources by the maximum number of library patrons, 2. Cost recovery for printouts using the library’s computer equipment, 3. Priority usage for accessing the library’s online catalog, 4. Specific instructions for downloading including compliance with virus protection measures, 5. Restrictions on the use of personal software on library computer equipment, A registration and use agreement form which must be completed prior to usage. EQUIPMENT AND COMPUTER USE The Library reserves the right to limit, refuse, and/or ban any patron from using the library equipment and computers. Use is limited to patrons in good standing. Anyone under fourth grade must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while using library equipment or computers. Reservations for equipment or computer use can be made at the circulation desk, and without them usage is on a “first come, first served” basis. However, all patrons shall log in at the circulation desk prior to use to avoid conflicts with reserved times. If a user has not logged in at the circulation desk, that user will be required to give up the usage if a patron who has logged in or made a reservation is waiting. In addition, these rules apply for all library computer use: 1. Usage is limited to 30 minute blocks; however, the patron may continue to use the computer in 15 minute intervals until another patron wishes to use it. 2. Users are responsible for compliance with state, federal and local laws including copyright laws and laws governing unauthorized access. 3. The Library restricts the use of personal software on library computers. 4. There is a cost recovery charge for each data storage device purchased from the Library, and a charge of $.15 per page for black and white copies and $.50 per page for color copies. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS The Lillie M. Evans Library District offers free wireless Internet access (WiFi) for public use. Access to our wireless Internet network is available to anyone with a laptop or other WiFi enabled mobile devices. This service is not to be used as a permanent connection. Use of the Library's wireless access points constitute acceptance of our Internet Access and Computer Use Policy. Internet access is filtered. Internet access is filtered. Adults may access the internet without filtering by using a public workstation and having staff remove the filter. How to Connect Connect to the LME-guest hotspot. Next, open your web browser where you will be redirected to a login screen. Cick "OK" to accept our Internet Access and Computer Use Policy. Hardware Requirements • Any portable PC, notebook computer, netbook, tablet, pocket PC, phone, PDA or gaming device that is Wifi enabled. • Your device must have an 802.11a, 802.11b, or 802.11g based Ethernet device installed. Software Requirements • Use a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Opera. • Set your device to obtain an IP address automatically and obtain addresses automatically from a server (DHCP). Leave all other fields blank. Restart the laptop for the changes to take effect. Here is how to configure these settings for Windows and Mac OS. Limitations and Disclaimers • The Library's wireless network is not secure. Information sent from or to your device can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software, within three hundred feet. • Library staff is not able to provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be provided that you will be able to make a wireless connection. • The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for laptop configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the Library's network. • Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Any violation of the Library's Internet Access and Computer Use Policy may result in loss of library privileges and appropriate legal action may be taken. Other Options • If you are unable to connect, please ask at the front desk for a computer pass to a public workstation. BREACH OF POLICY Violation of any aspect of this policy may result in the loss of library privileges.

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Library Expansion Read More

Lillie M. Evans Library District

2016 Expansion Project

In 2016, the Lillie M. Evans Library District will embark on a construction project that will expand the library space.  Accommodating community needs has been a driving force for this project. A new addition will address some of the needs that have arisen in the last decade by focusing on the children’s programming and community programming needs.

This expansion project has the potential to improve library services in several areas. More space is needed for the children’s area and for meeting room/study room spaces.  Currently, there is no provision for very young children and no place for parents to sit with children. In addition, shelving for children’s materials is inadequate. Due to the lack of floor space, some children’s shelving is too tall for children to reach comfortably.

Another area that the expansion will address is the undersized meeting room. Although we have partnered with other organizations to offer exhibits and programs, our library spaces are not adequate or comfortable to present some of the “educational, cultural and recreational programs that reflect community needs and interests” (SOP 3.0, Chapter 9 [Programming], Standard 4).  Heavily attended library programs overfill the room forcing attendees to stand outside of the entrance doors craning to see.  The addition of a larger meeting room would provide more space for programming, storage for furniture and supplies, and additional community space.

The addition can be constructed with little impact on library operations. The library can fully function and we’d like to organize the transition in the same way we did the 2013 flooring project. The library staff planned the implementation in phases and we were able to stay open throughout the entire process.

The Lillie M. Evans Library District is an attractive, well-designed library that has been successful in masking our inadequacies for years.  However, these inadequacies and limitations have become a detriment in fulfilling our mission.  We are in small community in a rural area with few businesses and services. The community depends on us to provide “materials and services to help residents meet their personal, education, cultural, and professional needs” and to support “an environment for life-long learning” (LME Library Mission). This addition will allow the Lillie M. Evans Library’s facilities to better serve the community today and for decades to come.

Planning Process

The Library board and staff have been working on this project for more than a decade.  As early as 2003, a SWOT analysis conducted by the Princeville Civic Association indicated there were concerns that “inadequate library/multimedia facilities” continued to be a weakness in the educational resources of our community.  In early 2006, the library board began anticipating another expansion, and in 2008, purchased the property next door to the library.  At that time, there was a vague notion that the library needed more space so when the opportunity arose to purchase adjacent land, the board quickly bought the property.  Even though the library purchased the property, it was leased by the previous owner so that he could continue operating his business out of the premise until his retirement in 2012.  

In 2010, responses from the Library’s Long Range Planning focus group indicated that there was an overwhelming need from community members for additional expansion of the library. Several building needs were identified during the Library’s Long Range Planning process.  At first, the board and staff worked to address issues by redefining and repurposing spaces.  From 2011-2013, spaces were rearranged, shelving was added, the interior was repainted and the flooring was replaced.  However, there was no way to address the lack of meeting rooms and the inadequate children’s area. It was only after these efforts did it become apparent that the library needed more space, and an additional expansion project was necessary.

Building Program - 2014

Once the board realized that the library was unable to provide “the right amount of space of the right kind to meet the provisions of its long-range/strategic plan” (Serving Our Public 3.0: Standards for Illinois Public Libraries, Chapter 4 [Facilities]) they began following the Standards for Creating New or Expanded Facilities. In 2014, the board hired building consultant, Fred Schlipf, to assist with the creation of a building program. This allowed the board and staff to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the library building and prioritize the additional community needs for the building.  We had numerous meetings with staff and board members and conducted a focus group and community survey. Throughout the entire process, the board, staff, and community expressed their appreciation of the flexibility and beauty of the existing library space so the expansion has been designed around the existing building. Service areas will move but little remodeling or construction will take place on the existing library.

Architectural Plans - 2015

After the building program was complete, the board published a request for qualifications in spring 2015, and several architectural firms submitted packets.  The field was narrowed to three finalists and the architectural firm of Wright and Associates was chosen.  One of the key elements in selecting this firm was the opportunity to work with lead architect, Donald Westlake again. Donald was the architect for the 2001 expansion project. 

Once the architectural firm was hired, we turned our attention to the property purchased in 2008. Unfortunately, the building was in such disrepair and the design was not in harmony with the library’s structure so it could not be used for the library expansion.  The architects assisted the board with the demolition process. The architects had the building inspected for asbestos (none was found), advertised for bids, completed bonding and certification, supervised the demolition and the building was removed in August 2015. The site was compacted and prepared for future construction. Once the building was demolished, the site was surveyed and a soil survey was completed. 

In fall of 2015, Wright and Associates worked with the building program, the staff, and board to develop schemes for the library expansion.  After many revisions, we produced a floor plan that met the majority of our community defined needs. Once we had a floor plan, we worked with the architects to develop a furniture plan.  We are reusing all the existing shelving and seating and we wanted to make sure it fit and functioned in the defined spaces.  The outdoor elevations have been designed to match the existing structure and the architects are working diligently to find a brick match. The construction documents phase began in late 2015, and the architects have completed the preliminary drawings. 

Cost

Now that we have the contractor's bid, the project is estimated to cost a total of $1.5 million.  The expansion project will be financed with grants, TIF funds, charitable gifts, and financing.  There are no plans to request a referendum. Library funds have been used to pay the consultant and architectural fees and will pay for part of the construction costs.  In addition, we have also been awarded a FY16 $125,000 Live & Learn Construction grant (administered from the Secretary of State and State Librarian) and an annual disbursement of $25,000 from Princeville Village TIF 1 District.  Please contact the library for information on donating to the project.

News Releases

Groundbreaking Ceremony - PR released 9/28/16

LME Library awarded  $125,000 for building project

WiFi

WiFi at LME Library

The Lillie M. Evans Library offers free wireless Internet access (WiFi) for public use. Access to our wireless Internet network is available to anyone with a laptop or other WiFi enabled mobile devices. This service is not to be used as a permanent connection. Use of the Library's wireless access points constitute acceptance of our Internet Access and Computer Use Policy. Internet access is filtered. Adults may access the Internet without filtering by using a public workstation and having staff remove the filter. 

How to Connect

Connect to the LME-guest hotspot. Next, open your web browser where you will be redirected to a login screen.  Cick "OK" to accept our Internet Access and Computer Use Policy.

Hardware Requirements

  • Any portable PC, notebook computer, netbook, tablet, pocket PC, phone, PDA or gaming device that is Wifi enabled.
  • Your device must have an 802.11a, 802.11b, or 802.11g based Ethernet device installed.

Software Requirements

  • Use a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Opera.
  • Set your device to obtain an IP address automatically and obtain addresses automatically from a server (DHCP).  Leave all other fields blank. Restart the laptop for the changes to take effect.  Here is how to configure these settings for Windows and Mac OS

Limitations and Disclaimers

  • The Library's wireless network is not secure. Information sent from or to your device can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software, within three hundred feet.
  • Library staff is not able to provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be provided that you will be able to make a wireless connection.
  • The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for laptop configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the Library's network.
  • Use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right.  Any violation of the Library's Internet Access and Computer Use Policy may result in loss of library privileges and appropriate legal action may be taken.

Other Options

  • If you are unable to connect, please ask at the front desk for a computer pass to a public workstation.

Click here to access the LME Library's Internet Access and Computer Use Policy & Agreement

Support the Library

Giving to the Library

A donation to the Lillie M. Evans Library District is an investment in our community and our future. As a member of the Illinois Library Associations' Fund for Illinois Libraries, the Lillie M. Evans Library is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax deductible. A gift to the capital campaign will ensure that our library will grow so it can continue to enrich and support our community. Memorial donations support collection growth and improvements which would not be possible without the generosity of our donors.  The Library's collections are enhanced by donations of materials. 

Opportunities for Giving Include:

  • Capital Campaign Donations

The library underwent a library construction project in 2016-2017. We have already secured grants, funds and pledges totaling over half of the $1.8 million needed but any additional donations will allow us to limit the size of our loan.  Gifts of any size are important and appreciated. Donation form is available here.

  • Honorary and Memorial Donations

Donations in honor or in memory of a loved one may be designated for the purchase of a specific item OR can be made to the Memorial Fund.  

You may suggest specific items, titles or subjects or Library staff can suggest something appropriate to honor and remember relatives and friends. An acknowledgment of all donations will be sent to both the donor and the family (or other designee) of the person being remembered. Commemorative bookplates listing the donor and the honoree will be placed on all materials purchased. 

Memorial Fund donations are placed in a permanent fund. Purchases are made periodically with interest accumulated by the Fund and are identified with a commemorative plate. Gifts to the LME Library form available here.

Planned Gift

Bequests, trusts and gifts of appreciated assets such as stocks, securities, insurance policies, dividends or property may be donated to the Library.  To discuss planned giving opportunities, please contact the Library Director, Beth Duttlinger at 309-385-4540 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Caterpillar Matching Gifts

The Caterpillar Foundation offers the Matching Gifts Program to support employees, retirees and directors in their contributions to worthy causes. The program matches 1:1 contributions made by employees, retirees and directors to organizations in the United States.  The Lillie M. Evans Library is registered as an eligible organization.  More information about the matching gift program can be found at: https://www.caterpillar.com/en/company/caterpillar-foundation/matching-gifts.html

Book and Media Donations

We welcome the following items:

Books in good condition
Books on CD
CDs
Commercially made DVDs and Blurays

All materials donated to the Library become the property of the Library and may be added to the collection according to the Library's collection management policy.  Items not added to the collection will be donated to the Friends of the Library for inclusion in their book sales.  All book sale proceeds are used to benefit the Library.

Donations may be made during regular Library hours and should be brought to the Circulation desk.  Letters of acknowledgment will be provided as requested to donors at the time of donation.  Material donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law and IRS Guidelines.  Staff will not assign a value to the items donated.  

We cannot use the following items:

Books that are in poor condition and those that contain out of date information
VHS tapes
Records
Books on cassette
Audiocassettes
Encyclopedias

Got Legos?

GOT LEGOS just lying around the house that you want to get rid of? The Library would love to have them! The LME Library is looking for donations of Legos for upcoming programs. New, used, complete sets, incomplete sets (with or without instructions) or any "loose" Legos welcome. 
***No broken, chewed or glued pieces please.***

These Legos will be used in future programming if we can get enough.

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