by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVEâ€”John and Diane Kramp sat comfortably in the Sugar Grove Library’s sunlit room near the stacks of magazines; John perused the latest Consumer Reports as Diane thumbed through her magazine of choice.
The Kramps, who live in unincorporated Kane County west of Montgomery, were among the 1,243 visitors to the new library’s grand opening on Saturday. Library staff issued 76 new library cards between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
â€œI’m excited about the new facility,â€ John said. â€œI can’t wait for our grandchildren to come and visit. I’ve been looking at the children’s books.â€
The Kramps said they liked all the space available in the new library for reading, and the skylights and other lighting the new building offers.
â€œIt kind of feels like a resort,â€ John said. â€œIt’s like being on vacation.â€
Thanks to a generous donation from Anthony J. Rich and family, the library also features a computer lab and learning center, which houses 17 computers. Sugar Grove resident Laurie Geary scheduled training times for a number of office, entertainment and networking applications, e-mail services and EBay.
In addition to the two dozen computers available to patrons throughout the library, visitors can also access the Internet on their own laptops, thanks to the Wi-Fi service donated by the Sugar Grove Medical Associates.
John Cordogan of Cordogan, Clark & Associates, and a Sugar Grove resident, sat on the bench in the front foyer on Saturday, smiling as he surveyed the crowd around him. He said the thing that was most rewarding to him was how everyone there looked very much at home.
Indeed, the Kramps did seem at home in the new space. However, they said that more money is needed to keep the building open more hours. The pair said they both voted for the operating funds referendum each time it was on the ballot, but that others within the district did not.
Library District voters approved an $8 million bond referendum in 2004 to construct the building, but have since then rejected a referendum that would increase funding to pay for its operation nine times. The library is currently open 44 hours a week, reduced from 58 hours after the referendum failed in 2006.
The new 26,000-square-foot building on a five-acre site at Municipal Drive and Snow Street, which opened on Saturday, replaced the 6,600-square-foot building that had served the community since 1980.
Patrons had an oportunity to experience Sugar Groveâ€™s new library building at the grand-opening Saturday. Facility staff issued 76 new library cards that day. Courtesy Photo
New library hours
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday
New library location
125 S. Municipal Drive
Sugar Grove, Illinois